Welcome! My name is Mary. I help parents educate their children at home one day at a time. This site offers LEGO printablesfree music lessonsunit studies,  and much more. Use the tabs above to discover what Homegrown Learners has to offer. You will be equipped and encouraged to travel a most amazing path in your home!









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A Well Rounded Homeschool: More Than Book Work


Our homeschool started taking on more of a "book work" focus.

Something deep inside of me didn't feel quite settled with that focus. I knew something deep inside of my children didn't feel settled with that focus, either. 

I am learning (and thank goodness for the flexibility Classical Conversations offers our family) I AM THE TEACHER. Yes, we have a set curriculum, but that is a GUIDE (in fact, in Challenge they call it a GUIDE for that very reason). 

My children are so much more than Latin, Math, Science, and History. They are unique individuals who learn in different ways and have interests outside of their schoolwork. 

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Hang Out With Me!

I'm extremely excited to be the special guest in a G+ Hangout from the iHomeschool Network TONIGHT!

Our topic is Music Appreciation in the homeschool - made EASY. I know so many of you think of music appreciation and automatically write it off as too time consuming - or maybe the learning curve for you as the parent is too great. 

Those are music appreciation MYTHS!

Join me tonight at 9 PM ET where I will present strategies, resources, and encouragement for adding music appreciation into your homeschool day.  We will talk about SQUILT, my music appreciation curriculum, and fun ideas for those of you who are current users. 

YOU will also have a chance to ask questions as the event progresses. 

In my years as an elementary school music specialist and also my time as a private piano teacher and homeschooling mom I have accumulated a lot of tips and tricks. 

I hope you can attend.

You can watch the event LIVE on the G+ event page, or (how cool is this?) you can just come back to this post at 9 pm ET (or anytime thereafter) and watch via YouTube. 

If you have any questions you want addressed in the hangout, you can also leave me a comment here and we'll add them to the list!  

I hope to see you there!  




Free SQUILT Lesson: Theme From The Pink Panther


Music appreciation can be such FUN! 

When I was an elementary school music teacher I always tried to pull out the most fun elements in music to attract my youngest listeners! Eventually, after being trained to listen to beautiful music, children are perfectly capable of appreciating and analyzing music for themselves

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