The Academy at HeronsGate

inspiration for the journey


A place to find outside resources, as well as to keep up on the philosophies and experiences which shape Heron's Gate.

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Questions For Parents

Posted by Sarah Pierzchala on January 28, 2015 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Maybe you're just looking into the concept of home/unschooling and you're gathering data and exploring different approaches.  Maybe you've been schooling at home for a while and it's not working out the way you'd envisioned. You're exhausted, frustrated, confused and your kids are unhappy.

If that's the case, perhaps it's time to step back and take stock of where you are, and re-visit the questions you asked in beginning, and maybe confront some new ones.

Prayerfully consider...

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Best of Both worlds: My Personal Educational Journey

Posted by Sarah Pierzchala on January 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I was raised in the Pacific Northwest, in and around the vicinity of Portland, Oregon. In the early 1970's, I attended public kindergarten, followed by a year of Catholic school.  Towards the end of that first year, my college-educated parents decided that they would not re-enroll me for the following term. They decided that they were going to join a growing movement that advocated "homeschooling" children, in response to the disentegrating academic and moral standards occurring througho...

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Educational Philosophy Library

Posted by Sarah Pierzchala on January 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This page lists the influences that have helped shape our family's educational philosophy.  There's some really useful and thought-provoking material in here, so take your time and explore!

I will be periodically updating these lists as I do more research. Some of these resources are available as free PDFs!

Print books, with a brief summary of what we've found useful about each title. Clicking on a title will most likely---but not always---take you to Amazon:

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Our Educational Resources: Web links

Posted by Sarah Pierzchala on January 20, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)


This first blog entry will be a listing of useful and fun web links that we use regularly at Heron's Gate. This list will be updated regularly, so check back from time to time:

Our students are involved with creating and maintaining these sites:


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