About Purva Brown

Purva Brown is a writer and homeschooling mom to three. She writes on a variety of topics across many genres and lives with her husband in Sacramento, California. Her most recent book is The Classical Unschooler. She blogs at PurvaBrown.com.

5 questions to ask yourself before buying curriculum

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Curriculum

Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

It’s that time of year again. When April rolls around, it’s as if we all take a nice, deep breath.

Spring has finally arrived. The winter doldrums are over.

The burnt out feeling is gone and we are ready. Eager to start another year. Hope renewed. No longer tired, no longer dragging ourselves out of bed, we look forward to the smell of new books, exciting new things to learn.

Are you beginning to think about what you might need for next year? Are you going to a homeschool conference or convention soon?

Before you buy any shiny, new curriculum, before you plunk down your hard earned money in hopes that you and your kids will love it, save yourself some heartache by asking yourself these five questions.

They will help you set the tone for a better year and could even save you some heartache:

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Purva’s Homeschool Day In the Life (with a 4-, 7- & 8-year old)

Purva's Homeschool Day In the Life (with a 4-, 7- & 8-year old)Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

have a confession. I like Mondays. And considering that I am writing this on a Monday morning at 6:01, this is the perfect place to start telling you about our typical day.

But first, let me tell you about Mondays. I cherish Mondays, always looking forward to them.

I love the sense of order that comes over the home when everyone is involved in something meaningful. Gone is the laziness of the weekend, the haphazardness of schedules, the random snacking instead of set mealtimes, the overindulgence in screen time.

Monday mornings bring us back on track. Sigh. There is such beauty in the hope of a new week.

Purva's homeschool life in the day

So that little peak into Mondays should tell you a little bit about my personality and how we structure our days.

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Are you practicing sustainable homeschooling?

Are You Practicing Sustainable Homeschooling-
Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

If you’ve walked into a grocery store lately, you’ve seen items marked “sustainable.” They’re everywhere, it seems.

Even our Facebook feed is full of the concept of sustainability. We hear about “sustainable crops,” “sustainable housing,” “sustainable teas” and even “sustainable budgets and economies.”

All this has led me to think: What about sustainable homeschooling?

Now wait a minute, you say. Sustainable homeschooling? I’ve never heard of that before. But think about it.

The definition of sustainable is either:

  1. able to be maintained at a certain rate or level, or
  2. able to be upheld or defended.

And isn’t that what we all want for our homeschools?

We want to be able to work consistently, to accomplish tasks without burning out ourselves or our children. To do our job in the best way possible so that we can uphold and defend our values.

We all want sustainable homeschooling.

So whether you’re sitting around the fire this Christmas reminiscing about the year gone by, or planning for the year to come, here are four practical ideas for making your homeschooling sustainable.

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Introverts homeschooling extroverts: Practical ways to make it work

introverts-homeschooling-extroverts
Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

The holidays are coming! Ready, introverts?

Yes, that was said tongue in cheek. Because if you’re anything like me, you’re already dreading them: the people, the conversations, the parties.

Don’t get me wrong: I do enjoy people. I love giving gifts to the ones I love. I look forward to the look on their faces when they receive them. But being around people all the time also wears me out emotionally.

If you’re an introvert, you already know this. If you’re an introvert homeschooling an extrovert, you know this better than anyone else.

I know because I am one. I have three children – one introverted, one extremely extroverted and one… well, we just don’t know yet. It’s too soon to tell. However, I can tell you that even with just the one extrovert, our days can be a little hard to navigate.

So what to do? I have found seven ways that help us deal with our extroverted blessing in our quiet, introverted family.
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