Once upon a pre-homeschooling time, Karen assumed “an education” was “that thing her daughters would get in school.” When she discovered home education, her definition evolved into “a delight-driven love of learning.” Influenced by John Holt and Charlotte Mason, the Edmisten house (aka Green Gables School) revolved around reading aloud, writing, discussing, drawing, and playing (with math thrown in because—sigh—we all need it.) When pressed to define her style, she’s always said, “Talking is most of our curriculum.” She homeschooled two daughters through high school and still has one teen at home.
A freelance writer and the author of five books, Karen also blogs at KarenEdmisten.com. She hosts a weekly writing group for her daughters and their friends and has loved watching them grow from shy scriveners, embarrassed to share their work, to a gang who couldn’t wait to read their stories aloud and tackle National Novel Writing Month.
Karen was born in Massachusetts, and has lived in Washington, Alaska, Florida, and now calls Nebraska home. She loves writing, drinking coffee, plowing through her To Be Read pile (when she isn’t tripping over it), walking while listening to podcasts, and—still!—reading aloud to her teenager.