Karen Swan

Hi, I’m Karen and I live with my husband K, and our 5 year old daughter Captain, in Sequoia National Forest in California.  We have taken over the family land, have added to it, and are trying to make it all work.  We live in a cabin 1 1/2 hours from town (one way!) and make our own power, like to hike and enjoy nature, and dream of sailing away on a boat.  I love to create things, and mix up potions in my kitchen, using things from the abundance of nature around me. Someday I will have a giant brass gong which I will place up on the ridge above me. There will be a little bench there and, after the hike up, one could sit and rest and think before grasping the mallet and sending a beautiful, deep tone resonating down the mountain!

I am presently homeschooling the Captain, and enjoying all of the ups and downs that come with trying to keep her happy and flowing in a place where there are no kids to be found.  K and I were “late (perfect) bloomers” and that means I am now 42 and having fun crawling on the floor pretending I am a gentle okapi whilst a 45 pound muffin jumps all over my back!  I am on a path to discover my own calling, and it just may be to become a palm-reader, a scarf-designer or an EMT.  I’m not sure but I’m going to find out!  In the meantime, I am all over unschooling this wild thing of mine and I write about kids projects and mom stuff on my site http://kartwheels.org/  

I am also having fun compiling recipes from the world of bloggers for The Foodarella Cookbook.  http://foodarella.me/

Thanks for reading!


Cooking With Kids: Homemade Blueberry-Honey Jam!

 No sugar or pectin! Only blueberries, honey & lemon juice. This is the best blueberry jam we’ve ever had…...more

Make Models of Atoms & Molecules With Kids!

February 27, 2014 Sometimes homeschooling is like a water molecule: 2 atoms of information bonded to 1 atom of “don’t spend too much time worrying about kids remembering every detail…” Even if they are young, kids tend to have a natural curiosity of the world around them, and a love of science is easy to nurture....more

FROM TREE TO TABLE: HOW MAPLE SYRUP IS MADE!

Kids love to learn about how maple syrup is made!...more

BE YOUR CHILD’S SCRIBE SO THEY ARE FREE TO CREATE!

  November 23, 2013 · by kartwheels · in Homeschooling Projects · ...more

MAKE A LUNG MODEL OUT OF A PLASTIC BOTTLE, STRAWS & BALLOONS!

 September 21, 2013 · by kartwheels · in Homeschooling Projects, Science Rocks For Kids!· ...more

Sharpie Paper Dolls!

Sharpie Paper Dolls!Posted on January 12, 2014 by kartwheels...more

Win a Beautiful Box of Nature from Sequoia National forest!

Karen Homeschooling mom on the loose, creator of natural body products, writer Kartwheels Homeschooling & Kid's Projects ...more

Make Cool Egyptian Canopic Jars!

Build and Erupt a Cool Papier-Mâché Volcano With Your Kids!

 Hooray!  The volcano erupted to squeals of delight from us all!...more