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certificate of accomplishment

24235115_ddf8e59c4e_oin Saramaka, the question everyone asks when you invite them to a training is, will i get a certificate?  we didn’t understand the importance of certificates at first.  it’s just a piece of paper, right?  no one gets credit or any other benefit beside just attending the training.  but soon enough we caught on, found an online template and some gold seals, and started making certificates for the people who came to our women’s business class or English lessons or even preschool!

today i got an email that i had received my certificate for ModPo.  i was so excited.  and proud.  it’s not like i haven’t ever done that kind of work or that i wrote anything so important.  but the certificate records my focused encounter with the poems + people of ModPo.  for 10 weeks this fall i was up early, reading and writing and thinking.  and that’s always a good thing.  i think it’s so important to do those things in front  of my children, for them to see me with a pen in hand.  it’s the kind of work i want them to grow into after all.

i had a great first time MOOC experience too.  well-worth looking into!  ModPo is through Coursera but there are other platforms; just look around!  i am looking forward to spending time with Plagues, Witches and War: The World of Historical Fiction.  it comes highly recommended!  i’m also looking forward to March and Art + Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom.  i would be tickled if one of *you* would join me.

what does teacher development look like in your homeschool?



  1. Congratulations! I had never thought of continuing education as a part of homeschooling, but I am very early in that journey. I suppose I am focusing on self-discipline as a way to have a more peaceful home, which is a constant task these days. 😉

    1. oh, Brandy! now you’ve got me thinking of a new series on continuing education. it’s so important to stay engaged and growing!

  2. What a lovely photo. You all look so proud of those certificates. That art and inquiry class sounds intriguing. I’m going to have to check it out (and see if I can fit it in with my new book club and all… 🙂 )

    1. we must make space for the important things, Pam! the kids in the picture came to our little thatched roof house in the jungle for preschool 2 days a week. the one rule was if you come to preschool, you must wear clothes!

  3. Jack and I have been cooking together a lot lately so I signed up for Child Nutrition and Cooking 2.0. I hope to start a container garden with him this summer.

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