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into the forest

I sent my daughter off to school today. This a big milestone, both for parents and for children, a definitive and culturally recognized step down her spiral path. I delivered her into the care of strangers -- her first time to be supervised by someone unfamiliar. The week before we read books about going to school and I parceled out the treat of PBS shows on the same theme. We talked about it. On her first day I said encouraging things, told her I’d be back, and assured her that she’d have a wonderful time. And yet, she cried when I walked away. Of course she cried. She’s been in my energy field her whole life, and then I forced her to take a step that perhaps none of us would take willingly: a step away from the comforts of home into a strange new world.

(I must say, in today’s age of modern technology I certainly wished that her teachers could have sent me a text to let me know that she stopped crying. They can’t, of course, I understand that. And she stopped quickly, I’m told. Still, I worried until the first hour passed without a phone call.)

She has begun her hero’s journey, and I find it appropriate that my daughter attends a forest kindergarten. Her step away from me was not into the metaphorical woods of adventure, but instead into the twelve acres of literal woods that surround her small schoolhouse. She’ll spend all day outside, rain or shine (and in our climate, it’s mostly shine), hot or cold. Her age group (pre-school) does not require a rigorous academic curriculum, which means that she’ll spend her structured periods doing activities like story time, gardening, art projects, and animal care (chickens, rabbits, guinea pig, etc). The rest of the time she will enjoy unstructured play.

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    I love the idea of her first day of school being the beginning of her Hero's journey. Blessings on your both in this journey.

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My apologies for not posting regularly. Here is my excuse:

 

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Teaching your children magickal alphabets could be especially fun ifyou have more than one child. They may enjoy communicating with a “secret code”. You might also want to teach them one of these systems to encourage creative writing or as part of their spiritual upbringing. There are a variety of alphabets you might consider sharing with your child.

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As a parent, whether you homeschool or not, a question you will inevitably encounter is this: will you rear your children in Paganism or teach them about it?

Some parents are committed to rearing Pagan children, including them in all related activities, and passing on a family tradition.

Others prefer to present Paganism as one of many religious choices.

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I was prepared to complete and post a new Educating Witches blog over the weekend, but the universe had other ideas.

Rowan Alice Callahan was born on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.  She entered the world at 7 lbs, 4 oz, and 20.5 inches long. 

After a brief baby break, I will resume posting.  I hope you enjoy the topics I have to share.  Also, if you would like to see a particular topic about homeschooling Pagan children, please let me know.  Happy New Year!

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  • Wendy L. Callahan
    Wendy L. Callahan says #
    Thank you Joseph! This is my second. I have a 10-year-old son, Gavin. He's absolutely taken with Rowan.
  • Joseph Bloch
    Joseph Bloch says #
    Hey! Congratulations! I'm guessing this is your first? Welcome to a whole new world.
  • Wendy L. Callahan
    Wendy L. Callahan says #
    Whoops, my comment did not post as a "reply" to you, Joseph. This is my second. I have a 10-year-old son as well.

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Some parents approach the homeschool year with a schedule.  Others do it with a “go with the flow” attitude.  If, like me, you plan a schedule for your entire school year, you probably take the holidays into account. 

We homeschool almost year-round, beginning in September, and ending in July.  I break the school year down into three separate terms of roughly fifteen weeks each, with a week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Yule break, and two weeks for Beltane break.   We take the entire month of August off as a summer break.  We celebrate the other Sabbats throughout the year without necessarily taking days off, and I incorporate Sabbat activities into our school week.

If we are lagging behind for some reason (more on that in a moment), I may use our holiday breaks for catching up, though I try not to allow this for more than a few days of the break.   However, I try to handle make-up time during the schedule school year by doing a bit of work on a Saturday or Sunday, as I prefer to make the holiday breaks a festive time.

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I thought I would cover a slightly different topic today, and from a personal angle, though it is certainly relevant to making educational choices.

You see, I am almost 34 weeks pregnant and, naturally, my mind is turning to all the changes I will experience in my life in roughly 5 to 6 weeks.

When I was pregnant with my son, Gavin, 10 years ago – hard to believe he turns 10 in less than a week! – I spent the entire time pondering what kind of parent I wanted to be.  It was a very introspective time for me.  I do not know if all expectant parents feel the same way, but I spent hours mulling over what I wanted for my son.  Looking back at my pregnancy journal and the baby journal from my son’s first year, I see that what I wrote still holds true the second time around as I eagerly await the arrival of my daughter, Rowan:

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  • Sarah
    Sarah says #
    Thanks for sharing these thoughts. I know first hand how hard it can be to get writing done in the final trimester, but I wonder
  • Wendy L. Callahan
    Wendy L. Callahan says #
    It is very kind of you to ask, Sarah. Looking over the site, I see you cover a wide variety of topics. Since my only prioritie

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Trying to select a curriculum for your homeschooling journey is either the most exciting or frustrating aspect of home education.  There is such a wide range of materials and resources out there, it is easy to become overwhelmed, especially if this is new to you… and even if you are a seasoned homeschooler.

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First, many apologies for posting this a bit late.  Life seems to be passing at lightning speed with both my pregnancy and my writing.

Whether you homeschool because you are Pagan, or are a Pagan who homeschools, finding resources may be a challenge.  There are many excellent sites, books, magazines, etc. geared toward Christian homeschoolers.  There are also secular resources, which are not as abundant as religious ones, but usually more attractive to Pagan homeschoolers.  However, what about Pagan-specific resources?

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  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    Not to toot our own horn (BBI Media owns and operates PaganSquare) but I'd like to point out the eight (8!) years of back issues o
  • Wendy L. Callahan
    Wendy L. Callahan says #
    I absolutely second the recommendation for parents to check out the back issues of "The Blessed Bee"! Oh, how I miss it.

Title: The Prince of the Dolomites: An Old Italian Tale 

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Creator: Tomie dePaola

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    Hi Rebecca, I noticed there was not much of this post showing above the fold. This is because the automatic system allows for thr

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It's very nice that you have a blog. Now you can make me a bottle.

This is the first post to my new Witches and Pagans blog. Because I am a parent to a 6 month-old tyrant who owns me body and soul, it took me a while to finish. I thought that twenty years of working with lawyers would prepare me for my new career of wiping asses and answering shrieking demands. I had no idea. Dealing with an infant isn't like dealing with a surly partner on a deadline. It's more like sharing space with the Terminator. There's no bargaining with a baby, no reasoning, no putting things off for a more convenient moment. They put you on their schedule by sheer indomitable force of will and 'WAAAH!' You snatch bits of sleep when they rest and keep vigil when they don't, stumbling through a drowsy routine of baths, bottles and bodily fluids.

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  • Tannim Wolfkin
    Tannim Wolfkin says #
    Greetings Kenaz, First off Congrats on the baby. Love the blog so far. Just one question. When the heck do you write it, work on

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