It began last summer, the itch.
I’m no stranger to the itch, have had many in a lifetime. Every creative project I’ve ever endeavored to explore has been a direct result of a prickle’s first beginning. The early notion, the quieting of all else. Once the itch turns feverish, begins to keep me awake at night, starts to spot my vision with wonder, ushers in breathtaking dreams? I know it’s worth listening to.
The dream? Other Goose.
I will pause here to say this:
I hear often that motherhood and work are continually at odds, and to some degree, it is true. A 3-month project might take a year to complete when peppered into a day of diapers, banana pancakes, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. (This one certainly did.) But I also know this: children, if we’re willing, will inspire many an evolution in ourselves. And if given the chance between more time and more growth, I’ll take the latter as often as I can.
So no, I didn’t set out to start another project, certainly not a homeschooling co-op. (For that matter, I didn’t set out to homeschool.) But one of the lovely things about nurturing anything – children, projects, your backyard tomato plant – is that you are forever tethered to a surprise ending.
Mine is this. Putting drafts of a second book on hold to usher myself and my kids into the land of caterpillars and chaos, of valleys and vines.
Of inviting you to come along.
If you’re curious about homeschooling, come take a look.
There are new age-specific lessons each week, written and developed from year-long curriculum I’ve written and used in my own home (spoken like a true daughter-of-two-public-school-teachers). There are progress reports for accountability, notebooks for planning, dreaming, doing. There are forums for every parenting question/doubt/triumph imaginable. There’s a marketplace for resources, an interest log to track every child’s individual, unique set of challenges and passions.
It is everything I ever wanted in a homeschooling experience.
Other Goose was born, quite simply, out of my own need, but I have an inkling it was born out of yours, too. You, the mother-of-littles questioning how to parent with more intention and less stress. You, the one tucking in your toddler and wondering what it was you even accomplished today (and where the heck that other sock is). You, the homeschooling teacher seeking fresh, daily ideas and lessons to introduce to your small children. You, the grandparent craving connection with your kids’ younger kids.
You, the one who no longer wants to go at it – all of it, any of it – alone.
Your village awaits.
The doors are officially open.
I can’t wait to see you there.
the link won’t open, and it sounds ike such a great idea… any suggestions what i should do?
We’d love to have you! Can you tell me what error you’re seeing, and on what device?
Now I’m wishing I was A homeschooler of young ones!! Such a beautiful idea! Best wishes and blessings in this creative endeavor! :)
Thank you so much, Heather!!!!
This is such a brilliantly perfect fit for you, my dear! Tagging in case we end up with a 2-7 foster bebe in our future… ;)
Oh hooray hooray – so excited for your journey, Jessie! And thank you so much!!!
I’m currently reading your book, Chasing Slow. I decided to visit your blog as I’m always looking for meaningful content to read as I grow my own blog/writing business. First, I want to say thank you for the inspiring the writer in myself.
I was homeschooled myself, 11-15 years old. My parents were overwhelmed and I ended up not getting a proper education. While I still lack in math, I somehow managed to begin college courses at 15 and graduated high school at 16.
Now, I’m 5 months pregnant with my first child, living in a small town I’m not familiar with. Homeschooling is an option in my mind if done right. So, thank you for providing my future self and all current parents the opportunity to do it right.
Thank you so much for such kindness, Elizabeth, and for the encouragement! I love hearing journeys other than my own, and always appreciate a new perspective. Thank you for sharing with me!
This is a great initiative, Erin. I wish you all the best with it!
Would you like to share your insight about blogging for an expert roundup? If you’re interested, I’d send you the details via mail. If you even have the time, I’d be more than happy to do an interview with you about blogging.
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Congratulations! What a magical achievement :D
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