A Simple Gift: Resolve to Evolve

Passing forward this Simple Gift to inspire and encourage everyone on their

naturally curious and creative P.L.A.Y. journey. 🙂

So often we feel the need to instantly resolve or find a solution to every problem that seems to pass our way, especially as parents.

While engaging with our P.L.A.Y.  filled journey, at any age, it is helpful to remember that problems are merely situations that provide us with the opportunity to learn, grow, and simply be present.

In fact there are times where simply being present, waiting and watching a situation and letting it evolve naturally, may be the most mindful and helpful thing we can do. Through non-action it often becomes apparent that perhaps you were not needed in order for a resolution to be reached.

Take a moment to simply breathe and remind yourself that as the parent you are not required to always have the answers or the solutions. It is ok to simply say “I don’t know” or to take a step back from a situation and watch from a distance while your kiddos (safely) navigate their own challenges.

Resolve to evolve and be present and let your intuition guide you. The answers will unfold right before your very eyes.

Simply focus on your true P.L.A.Y. nature and Passionately Learn All Year!

Now that is a simple gift! 🙂

Time to P.L.A.Y.!

Sending smiles,

Karen ;0)

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YOUR Questions for P.L.A.Y.

Hello Parents! Hello Kiddos!

Hello P.L.A.Y.-ers!

What’s on your mind?

Better yet what’s on your heart?

Parents and caretakers, kiddos and P.L.A.Y.-ers all, this is your opportunity to ask Karen, the creator of P.L.A.Y., any questions concerning your family’s learning journey.

How can I be of service?

Send your questions for FREE!

Contact: Karen@passionatelearningallyear.com

Whether you are homeschooling, unschooling, or a family that simply loves to spend time immersed in nature you’ve come to the right place!

The sky’s the limit – ASK “anything”!

This is your chance to ask the questions that keep bubbling up for you as you embark or continue to travel on this life learning journey.

ALL questions are valued.

ALL questions matter.

You matter. Period.

Just take this brief moment and send me what’s been a recent or reoccurring challenge or topic for you or your kiddos. Let’s see if we can noodle things through – together – and lighten the load!*

Contact: Karen@passionatelearningallyear.com

Love to hear from you!

Be well, be safe, and simply bee!

Busy Bee!

*Note: Your email address will never be shared. Your contact with me via email (or snail mail) is a 1:1 correspondence. I’m here as an experienced mama bear and 20+year veteran homeschool visionista ready to pass forward what I’ve learned on the P.L.A.Y. journey to you and your cubs. I’m transparent and true to my word, it is as simple as that.

COVID-19 + Homeschooling – Special Edition Part 1

You Have All You Need – Families Finding Peace During Challenging Times

Wisdom from a 20+ year veteran Stay-at-home-Unschooling Mama!

Curious Capkins ready to P.L.A.Y.!

If you are like so many of us and have your entire family at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and you are wondering how in the world you are going to get through this time together know that you probably have on hand all that you need to keep everyone sane, engaged, and “homeschooled”.

Also know up front that you do not have to recreate the school environment (aka “School at Home”).

Trust me, after having taught in the elementary schools for years and then homeschooling for decades all you really need is to be present and focus on the health and well being of your family including priorities like sleep, exercise, and healthy foods. The rest will follow naturally with a few extra bonus suggestions from P.L.A.Y. below, and in future posts, to help get you started!

No Purchases Required = All Absolutely FREE!!!

The content on this website is FREE and available for ALL to use.

 You are also welcome to contact me directly HERE by email or HERE by snail mail as I love to answer questions and provide support for parents as well as receive kiddo art work+letters and will write back! FYI – Our internet is slow up in this neck-of-the-woods so my e-response may be slightly delayed.

Here’s a few suggestions to get you started for calming practices during chaotic times:


  • Creating a rhythm to your days is key to calm so family members of all ages have a sense of what to expect.


  • Simply displaying a sequence of sticky note squares on the bathroom mirror or kitchen cabinets with things like “breakfast”, “story”,”tidy-up”, “screen time”, “crafting”, “outdoor play”, “puzzles”, “care for pets”, etc. will work nicely to give a flow to your day and can be rotated throughout the week for flexibility. A specific chart with exact times isn’t required or necessary for most households – however you decide what matches for you especially if working from home is being combined with kiddo care.


  • Encourage ALL family members to make additional sticky note squares with activities and projects they would like to do AT HOME and weave them into the plans. They will feel more included and empowered and yes even your 2 year old can have a voice in this! Think things like building challenges – legos, cardboard boxes, etc. or 5 minute silly singing serenades to break up the day.


  • Communicate clearly each day that you are all in this together and in order to meet family expectations everyone has to be open and honest with what they understand will be happening in the days ahead. When things do change, as they seem to be rapidly overnight, be forthcoming with new news and course correct together.


  •  Be a super strength spotter by being open to new possibilities and opportunities to connect and truly see what makes your family members tick. If one family member has a keen ability to bring humor and levity to situations ask them to put their super powers to use and generate creative ideas to keep the household morale going (ex. a joke served up at every meal time). If another family member has great empathy and compassion skills perhaps they could be creating cards to mail loved ones or posting notes within the house that let everyone know they are loved and thought of too.

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Special Edition Part 2 of COVID-19 + “Schooling at Home”

or as I like to call it

P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan!

Tried and true golden nuggets and silver lining sparkles arriving by blog post HERE with more practical pointers for how to fill your days at HOME and outdoors (with required physical distancing included).

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Stay tuned, stay home, and stay safe everyone.

Know that how you act and respond today will have a positive ripple effect in your home, in your community, and make all the difference in the outcome of this current worldwide challenge.

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And if you have found this helpful please pass P.L.A.Y. forward.

We are ALL in this together.

Sending much love, e-hugs, and even smiles to help light the way,

Karen 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤