Podcast: Creating a Rich Homeschooling Environment with Dotty Christensen
I am thrilled to introduce you to my long-time friend and homeschool mentor, Dotty Christensen. I call her “the magic maker.” I learned more about enchanting a childhood from Dotty than anyone else in my life. She “agreed” to be interviewed for the podcast after spending the day taking my headshots (she’s a photographer too!). I sorta kinda maybe tricked her into it! We got talking and I yelled: “Stop! I need to record this!”
In this episode, Dotty shares about homeschooling her three (now grown) children, how she created a nurturing space for family life and learning, and the way her family learning adventure led her into her post-homeschooling career. She also recommends resources like Art Spaces for Kids.
Dotty with Jacob 1992 (left) and 2006 (right)
Dotty and I met in Morocco in 1984. She served mint tea and homemade cookies, and her toddlers were running around in fairy wings and face paint. Her home was a swirl of activity, color, and invitation. All I knew: I wanted that for my family!
Her family followed ours to California in the early 1990s where we homeschooled together daily for five years. Then, my family followed her family to Ohio in 1999. Our shared love of home, coziness, art, and learning have sustained our friendship and enriched it all these years.
I can’t wait for you to meet her!
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