A blog about two of the things I’m most passionate about: homeschooling and children’s books. I occasionally drift into a few other things. If you’re interested in reading some more of my blogging, especially about homeschool tips and help, you can also find me at the Simplify Blog.
I’m a writer and a teacher. I used to get paid to teach. I’ve taught a variety of subjects, in both public and private schools, at a variety of grade levels from late elementary to high school. Now, other than a few occasional side projects, I teach my twin sons at home. It pays in ways other than money.
Mushroom and BalletBoy are my twin middle schoolers. Mushroom is my passionate, expressive worrywart. BalletBoy is my cheerful, anything goes child. Sometimes I blog about how they’re in different places with schoolwork. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve become more different in their needs and focus for school.
The blog title is a reference to Dodie Smith’s beautiful coming-of-age classic I Capture the Castle. When I was a kid growing up in the middle of nowhere and then in the suburbs, a rowhouse and a castle were probably equally exotic. I ended up in a majestic rowhouse instead of a castle though.
Now that I’ve been homeschooling for going on eight years, I also sometimes help people with their homeschooling journey. If you’re interested in having me be your homeschool muse and getting one on one guidance, visit me at Simplify.