Hi there! I’m Deborah (Debi) Taylor-Hough and this is my home education blog. Thought I should probably introduce myself. And yes, I posted a photo of myself wearing no make-up and with my hair in “summertime freak-out mode” for the whole world to see … this is the real deal, people. 😉
I knew I wanted to home educate my children even before I had children. I began researching home education about 30 years ago, several years before my oldest child’s birth. I successfully home educated my three children (now 29, 26 and 21) from birth all the way through high school using a fairly relaxed version of Charlotte Mason’s methods mixed with a bit of unschooling. (See “Are All Homeschooling Methods Created Equal?” for more details.) For more information, you can read about My Personal Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Philosophies. The final ten years of my home education adventure were completed as a single parent.
I’m the author of the book, A Twaddle-Free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas (Simple Pleasures Press). I’ve had websites and blogs about Charlotte Mason homeschooling for many years, and have taught workshops at churches, women’s groups, and homeschooling conferences on Charlotte Mason homeschooling topics, frugal living, cooking for the freezer, homemaking, and parenting. I’m the editor of the Charlotte Mason eMagazine, and I have facilitated homeschooling groups of various types (4H, nature camps, literature discussion, general homeschooling). I’ve spoken at homeschooling conventions around the country on CM-related topics, parenting, and homemaking. I am currently available for Twaddle-Free Education™ workshops and one-on-one homeschooling consultations.
I’m a graduate of the University of Washington with an interdisciplinary Literature degree (magna cum laude), and recently completed a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and Poetics. I hope to teach at a local college or university, and also start a writing and educational resource center based on Charlotte Mason methods and principles.
I’m also the author of several traditionally published books including Frugal Living for Dummies® and the popular Frozen Assets cookbook series. I’ve worked as a newspaper columnist, a radio host, a church outreach director, and I’ve helped run an antique mall.
But my all-time favorite job/vocation has been being Mom to my three wonderful kiddos.
Welcome to my little homeschooling corner of the internet. 🙂
NOTE: People often ask about our family’s homeschooling journey, so I pooled together my responses from several online interviews and you can now read the combined interviews here: Interview with Debi
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