I have been homeschooling my six children since Josiah turned five in 1994 – one of the greatest joys of my life! In this section I share my insights, successes, failures, tidbits, tips, resources and encouragement for anyone homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling.

Read Aloud Books

When I was seven years old and living in the city of Auckland, my parents took up teaching positions at the St Christopher’s Anglican Mission school in Popondetta, Papua New Guinea. My siblings and I enjoyed three years of adventure in our new jungle home where we become explorers in our own wild kingdom. We swam and fished in the rivers and made huts and gardens where we grew pineapples, peanuts… read more

Christchurch Visit


Ellie and I are currently in Christchurch where she’s been competing in the vocal competitions. She is one of the finalists in the Dame Malvina Major Aria Competition which will be held Sunday night at St Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Withells Rd, 7pm. Entry is $20.

We were both hoping to see some snow down here – had a beautiful view of snow on the mountains… read more

Life has a Middle Name – Change

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2015 is well under way and all sorts of changes have happened in the Boom family. The one I’m still shaking my head about in disbelief is that I am now only home schooling ONE child!

At the beginning of the year Samuel received a call from a young Christian builder offering him an apprenticeship. Sam has wanted to be a builder since he was a chubby four year… read more | 2 Comments

Write in the Stolen Hours

I have stories to tell. Put in other words, I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. It’s a jolt into the real world of writing when you realise that each story, each book, is going to be a huge amount of work – blood, sweat and tears. Even though I have been quoted as saying, “The Barn Chronicles just about wrote themselves”, the truth of it is… read more | 3 Comments


What on earth  is a fumblerule? Let me give you one before I tell you.  ‘Avoid cliches like the plague.’ Want one more? What about this one?  ‘Don’t use no double negatives. I’m sure you’ve got it. 🙂 A fumblerule is a rule that breaks itself; mistakes that call attention to the rule. William… read more | 1 Comment

Starry, Starry Night

The other night after dinner we climbed out of Ellie’s window and set pillows and blankets out on the verandah roof and settled down to look at the heavens.  It was a cold, clear night – beautiful! Ellie says she saw thirty shooting stars. I told the children about the radio interview I heard recently in which they said that only 20%… read more | 8 Comments

In the Treetops

This afternoon I took Ellie, Milly, Sam and Jacob out to the Adventure Forest for some high tree top challenges! I decided I needed to do it as well, and I’m glad I did, even though a couple of the activities stressed the weak muscles in my old broken leg somewhat. Milly is on the left in the photo; I’m waiting at the right… read more | 2 Comments

Stone Wall in Ruins

The children and I have been learning a new memory verse from Proverbs 24. “I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgement; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered in weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:  “A little read more

Why I LOVE Homeschooling!

It is seventeen years since I first began the exciting and somewhat scary journey of homeschooling. I have six children, but my two oldest children are both finishing their degrees this year (valuation and music degrees) so I only have four still at home. What a journey it has been!
When I first began home schooling Josiah… read more | 8 Comments

The Big Read!

The Big Read is a nationwide event, as part of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards festival, to encourage kids to read. I was delighted to hear that one family has planned a special day including putting on a play from Where Lions Roar at Night.

Here’s what they’ve got planned:

“A whole day of books and more books – Mum reading aloud… read more