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 things to do this summer if you’re considering homeschooling

Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

It’s that time of year again. The time when homeschooling message boards around the internet start to fill with what I call the “before summer” questions.

“How do I do this?” moms ask with a sigh. And then with a little worry, “Can I do this?”

So I thought as we head into my 40th birthday this month, (yes, it’s a biggie this year!) I’d take the time to write a blog post about the most important things to do over the summer if you’re considering homeschooling next year.
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The best time to make resolutions is spring

Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler.

I‘m usually the annoying person at New Year’s Eve parties asking people about their goals for the new year:

“So, what are everyone’s resolutions?” I asked brightly at the last one we went to.

“I have resolved never to make new year’s resolutions,” my husband proclaimed. “And I’m pretty sure I’ll keep it this year.” Sigh.

I will admit, though, that he has a point. If I’m honest, by February, my resolutions have dissolved in a puff of smoke. The new school schedule has been shelved, neither my children nor I have made any progress on our reading lists and we’re deep in winter doldrums.

Because here’s the thing: who really wants to keep resolutions coming off a big party at the very time when the weather is working against us? Who wants to go running, lose weight, be kind, read more and save money in January? It’s pretty much the Monday of the year.

So here’s a thought: Try spring.

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Purva’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 5-, 8-, and 9-year-old)

Written by Purva Brown

“Good morning, mom!”

A hug.

“Careful! Don’t spill the coffee!”

That’s how our days usually begin – with warm, sloppy hugs and obvious admonishments.

How different now from the days of having to teach the toddlers to stay in bed until at least 7 a.m!

Now that the children are ages 9, 8 and 5, I find my early mornings fairly free to blog, journal or read. Some days, like this chilly winter day, I’m not even awake until 7 a.m. myself.

Gone are the days when I would wake up at 5 a.m. to write! Honestly, I don’t miss them.

The children make their own breakfast while I get ready for the day.

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“Me-time” and the homeschooling mom

Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

The concept of “me-time” gets a bad rap these days.

Many associate it with a “spoilt generation” asking for more, more, more. Some consider it selfish.

But I contend that every homeschooling mom needs time for and to herself.

The why of me-time

I remember the first time I mentioned the concept on my Facebook page. The idea got a torrent of criticism. I couldn’t help but wonder if the reaction was more for the actual term “me-time” than for the idea of it.

Perhaps we need a different label.

Maybe we should rename it “down time.” And we should emphasize that this is not time for ourselves in a selfish, me-first kind of way but in a “I’m still available, but I’m recharging my batteries” manner.

Motherhood takes a lot out of a woman. Add homeschooling to that and it’s no wonder we’re tired all the time.

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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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