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.

Technology RULES in our homeschool

Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

Imagine if you will this scene: three children, heads buried deep in their Kindles, sprawled in the middle of the living room floor. They discuss strategies, show each other their progress, jump from game to game. Meanwhile, the parents busily work in the same room.

This was our life for the last two weeks.

We were in the midst of getting our house ready to sell. While the children played for hours, we painted for hours. A win-win for everyone.

In our home, we do not shun technology. We love it.

In fact, technology rules in our homeschool! Let me explain exactly why we embrace video games and other screens:
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3 lessons my children taught me this year

3 Lessons My Children Taught Me This YearWritten by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

Although we homeschool year-round, I like to treat this season as a time to think back about just how far we’ve all come as a family.

This summer, as I’ve taken time to relax and reorganize, I’ve realized how much I’ve learned from my children over the past year.

Who knew that they would end up teaching me lessons, too?

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The way to make sure schoolwork gets done

Get School Done - The Surefire Way - Simple HomeschoolWritten by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

Our family falls off the homeschooling wagon sometimes. I know that might come as a shock to you.

Homeschooling moms have an innate ability to assume that everyone else is more disciplined than their own family. So let me disabuse you of that notion immediately.

Everyone falls off the wagon sometimes. (There. I feel better already.)

It happens for different reasons, of course. Sometimes family outings intervene. At other times, it is just someone being sick. These are things we cannot control.

But sometimes, school does not get done for reasons we can control. That’s what I’m here to talk about.

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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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