Advice for New, Worried Homeschoolers from a Longtime Unschooler

I realize that there’s loads of public school parents freaking out right now because of school cancellations – thinking their kids will fall behind if they don’t keep up with worksheets and reading texts and lesson plans until school-as-normal resumes.

So if your kids are unexpectedly home with you for the unforeseeable future, here’s my advice on how to keep everyone sane: Continue reading

Claire’s Rainbow Bridge Birthday Story

Telling a Rainbow Bridge birthday story is a Waldorf tradition that can be really fun and special as your child grows. It’s sort of like a birth story, but told in fantasy or myth-form. The Rainbow Bridge is the passage to Earth from the ether, spirit world, heaven, or whatever your beliefs may call it. These stories can be written to include any religious tradition, or none at all. 

This is the story I wrote for Claire, my precious middle child, sometime before she turned five years old.


Once upon a time, in a land of time unchanging, there lived a spirit child. She lived with the moon and sun, amidst the stars, with many spirit-beings–and she was peaceful and happy. One day, she happened to notice a beautiful blue orb, far away–yet somehow, not so far.

The orb seemed to call to her, and so she asked the spirits about it.

“That orb is the world, our Mother Earth,” they replied.

“May I go there?” the child asked.

“In time,” the spirits replied. “The world is not yet ready for you.”

So the child waited. Continue reading