Workshops and Lectures

Tammy Takahashi offers a variety of workshops and lectures for your meeting or conference. Contact Tammy Takahashi to book her at your next event.

Zen and Art of Homeschooling - Through stories and meditations on Zen concepts, this lecture explores the art of homeschooling peacefully, without drama and baggage getting in the way of creating an amazing educational and life experience. (1-1.5 hours)

Homeschool and Educational Anxiety - This lecture explores different kinds of homeschooling and educational anxiety, what causes anxiety, and offers ideas on how to work through and deal with parental fears about education outside of the culturally supported school paradigm. (1-1.5 hours)

Unradical Unschooling - The precepts of unschooling are fascinating and worth exploring, but are often lost in the extremes. This lecture goes over several of the unschooling principals from a moderate perspective. This lecture also explores the question of whether or not we need to label our homeschooling style in order to be successful.  (1-1.5 hours)

Real Cons of Homeschooling - Homeschooling is a great experience, but as with all things in life, it has its difficulties. This lecture explores the various challenges, especially for new homeschooling parents, that often are glossed over or ignored in homeschooling books and discussions. Every choice has cons, and in this session we will be honest about what they are, and what resources we have to deal with them. (1-1.5 hours)

From School to Homeschool - The transition from school to homeschooling is like moving from one country to another. The culture, practice, and resources are different than what we are used to, and it takes time to figure out where to get what we need. This lecture looks closely at the process of making the practical and emotional transition from school to homeschooling, and what parents and children can expect from this experience. (1-1.5 hours)

Knitting Intro - A basic introduction to knitting. Max. 10 students. All ages. (For children who cannot write yet, an adult helper is recommended.)  (1-1.5 hours)

Knitting Workshop - Already know the knit stitch? This workshop will introduce participants to new stitches and techniques, and provide an opportunity to work with other knitters. (1-1.5 hours)

Intro to Homeschooling in California
- This lecture series includes several modules covering all the basic information about getting started homeschooling in California. Each module is 1 hour long. Mix and match to appeal to the needs of your audience. The entire program can be done in one day, or split into a two-day series.

  • - Legal options for homeschooling in California
  • - Building a curriculum, testing, and record keeping
  • - Homeschooling resources in your community
  • - Getting into college and preparing for adult life
  • - Creating a success plan for your homeschooling adventure

New: Benefits of Homeschooling for Mom and Dad - This lecture is a brand new session created by popular demand. Many homeschooling parents have discovered that not only are their children learning in a different way, but that the parents also benefit greatly from homeschooling. This session is half lecture and half discussion, exploring the different ways that homeschooling challenges parents, and creates a perfect storm for personal growth, which in turn not only benefits the parents, but also benefits the children. (1-1.5 hours)

Interview with KPCC NPR - The Homeschooling Difference

KPCC, the Pasadena City College NPR station, will be airing a piece on homeschooling tomorrow at 10am. I was on the panel along with 3 other guests.

Listen to the live stream at the NPR website.

Also, they will be archiving the podcast, as well as adding 30 minutes of extra web-only content.

It was a great experience and overall a balanced interview. Enjoy!


Pre-order Zenschooling: Living a Fabulous and Fulfilling Life Without School now! Due out late September, 2010.


Homeschool Life Coaching

Homeschool life coaching can help you:

  • decide whether to homeschool or not
  • choose or design a curriculum
  • choose a homeschooling method
  • work together as a family
  • balance life and education
  • recover from negative school experiences
  • recover from burnout
  • learn to love learning again
  • set goals and act on them
  • stay organized
  • deschool, unschool, or zenschool

Email Tammy Takahashi today to schedule your first meeting, and to take advantage of the special offer of $25 off your first session.

New Events Calendar

The events calendar is working now. I have a few speaking gigs coming up, and a few more to add once I nail more details. Hope to see you there!

Interview at Homeschool Freedom and Fun Blog

A fun interview was posted today at the Homeschool Freedom and Fun blog. Debbie’s questions were different than the normal “Why do you homeschool?” and “How do your kids get socialized?” series. If you read it, let Debbie know what a great job she’s doing. She has a really good collection of interviews theres.

Introducing My New and Improved Blog

After a few years of blogging at, it was time to get my own URL and own my blog. Come take a peek.

The New and Improved Just Enough Blog

It’s got the same information as the old blog; homeschooling, deschooling, social commentary, heated debates, free money. Ok, so it doesn’t have free money, but it’s got everything else.

And it has new, easier to navigate menus. It’s more stylish and snazzy. It’s also got a nifty plugin where if you comment, it shows the last post on YOUR blog.

Hope to see you there!