About Debi

IMG_1152 (3)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.

51BlGAcUHnLI’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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2 responses to “About Debi

  1. Melanie Richardson Dundy

    I am the author of a new children’s book that I thought you would want to know about: “The Oregon Trail — Ollie’s Great Adventure” by Melanie Richardson Dundy.

    The book has been reviewed and endorsed by OCTA (Oregon-California Trails Assoc,) WyoHistory.org, and the End of the Trail interpretive Center.

    ISBN: 9780578422749 Perfect Bound (Amazon Books: $12.95)
    ISBN: 9780578431468 Case Laminate (AmazonBooks: $21.95)
    eBook Format: $4.99 from Amazon Kindle

    Description: The informative and fun-to-read children’s story is narrated by Ollie, the arrogant but humorous ox pulling the covered wagon over the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail route in 1843. He pulls the wagon on the six-month journey with the Tyler family, Mr. and Mrs. Tyler and their son, Johnny.

    Ollie also shares the spellbinding adventures of climbing and descending steep hills, making dangerous river crossings, and meeting and trading with various Indian tribes. Well-known trail landmarks like Ash Hollow, Courthouse Rock, Chimney Rock, Independence Rock, Devil’s Gate and others are also featured. Additional illustrations include William Henry Jackson watercolors and contemporary photographs of sites along the trail.

    Included is a map from which children can learn, lists of supplies that the Tylers needed for the trip and details about covered wagons.

    It is estimated that 500,000 people made the 2,000 mile trek from Missouri to Oregon. Of that number about 40,000 were children.

    childrensBooksByMelanie.com (no apostrophe in “children’s”)

    • This sounds like a wonderful resource. My ancestors came to the West Coast via the Oregon Trail, so I have a particular interest in the time period. I’ll check it out.

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