“To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.” -Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
I’m Stephanie, Texan mother of twins (Will and Sydney), wife to my hard-working husband, lover of art, nature, and all things thrifted. I am passionate about homeschooling and inquiry-based learning and believe every child should have the chance to learn and grow at his/her own pace, free from the constraints of standardization and unnecessary assessment. We are all unique and beautiful souls- why should our education be one-size-fits-all?
I began my career as speech-language pathologist specializing in child language development and autism. After working for many years in the public schools, I returned for my Ph.D. and was halfway done when I got the surprise of my life…boy/girl twins! After a few years at home, I returned to working with children as a preschool teacher but quickly realized that homeschooling was calling our family. So far it’s been a little scary, but ultimately it’s the best decision we’ve ever made.
I initially found inquiry-based learning and the Reggio Emilia Approach through my friend Kate’s blog, An Everyday Story. Since then I have taken Lori Pickert’s Project Based Homeschooling Master Class which has helped to bridge the gap between the romanticism of the Reggio schools and the logistics of applying the principles of project learning in homeschool and with older children. True to the eclectic nature of our homeschool philosophy, you will see Montessori and Waldorf-inspired elements sprinkled into our days, which add just the right touches of hands-on learning and whimsy and wonder to make homeschooling that much more exciting and meaningful for our family.
Wonderseekers is a place to document our homeschooling journey, share what we learn along the way, and build a community of likeminded individuals across the globe. Ideally, inquiry-based learning is facilitated by a team of teachers who can brainstorm and collaborate on the best way to help a child move forward with his/her learning. Since I am homeschooling and don’t have a team of colleagues at my disposal, I hope this can become a place where I can request feedback from my readers, too. We’re all in this together.