Monthly enrichment for families who love to learn and grow, together.
Each month brings new lessons, fun challenges and hands-on activities designed to engage, educate, and entertain. You‘ll find abundant humor and deep respect for children as learners and thinkers. The Swanburne Academy fosters and celebrates:
Words are powerful tools for thinking and communicating.
The natural world is full of wonders, and we are part of it.
Cultivate curiosity about subjects great and small.
Everyone can find joy and expression in making art.
Kindness, courtesy, service, leadership, community.
"I really loved seeing how much the girls had been inspired differently by the same poem. We looked at it together, talked it through, discussed meter, rhythm, music, alliterations and repetitions, counted the syllables, and off they went, each using their imagination their own way. Thanks so much for allowing this to happen. "
"Thank you for another month of adventure and discovery! We count ourselves blessed to be a part of the Academy! We are relishing every single entry. "
"Thanks so much for the encouragement to try new things! "
"This inspired N. to write her first poem! "
"We loved writing about our imaginary extinct animals!"
"We loved learning about the pointillist style and artists!"
"J. had so much fun working on her rhetorical speech with her big brother! "
"It's amazingly fun."
"B. was beyond excited to receive the first chapter of the Giddy-Yap Rainbow book for our Full Moon treat! "
"We had lots of fun with homophones!"
"We love it! "
"We love being a part of Swanburne Academy :-) "
You'll find engaging lessons, craft projects, plus downloadable guides on how to put your new learning into action. Our monthly Doneawoo! celebration gives your family a chance to share your accomplishments and connect with other members. You too will be Swanburne, through and through!
I'm the author of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place books. My two kids are grown now, but we homeschooled for years when they were young. I like to think that Miss Penelope Lumley's patient and, well—unusual teaching of the Incorrigible children owes a little something to those days!
I love writing for young readers, and the young at heart, too. The many requests you’ve sent me for more — more stories, more Swanburne-style wisdom, and more chances to learn together in this incorrigibly delightful world — inspired me to create this engaging, educational, and entertaining membership for all families who enjoy learning together. Won’t you join us?MY FAMILY WOULD LOVE THIS
What happens when I enroll?
You'll get immediate access to the Swanburne Academy site and all previous months’ content, too. Video, audio, animation, downloadables—it’s all waiting for you!
You'll also get access to the Dining Hall, a members-only community space where you and your family can introduce yourselves, meet other members, and join the conversation.
And you are instantly invited to share your kiddos’ loveable creations for our monthly DONEAWOO! video! These are more fun than I can describe—our clever Swanburne kids contribute all kinds of amazing work every month. The video stays on the Academy homepage all month long.
What if I decide to cancel?
We want you to be thrilled with your membership! You can cancel at any time. Simply log in, go to your account page and click cancel. Your membership will expire at the end of your current paid-up period.
What if we don’t have much time to participate?
Go at your own pace! Members have access to the whole archive of all current and previous months' content, so you can go back and explore whatever topics pique your family’s curiosity, whenever you choose.
What if I have a suggestion?
Put it in the Suggestion Box! We would love to hear it.
Is it true that Maryrose is writing brand-new Giddy-Yap, Rainbow! chapters every month that are ONLY available inside the Swanburne Academy?
GIDDY-YAP, RAINBOW! WHO TOLD YOU THAT?
Let’s put it this way: There is a Full Moon every month, is there not? And the Full Moon brings surprises—at least, in the Swanburne Academy it does! And if occasionally those surprises happen to smell like ponies, well.... I think I’ve said enough!
One membership covers your entire household.
The Swanburne Academy wants to help your family stay cheerfully occupied during the current health crisis. Please enjoy 30 days of free membership, with full access to our whole archive of fun, educational content.
To avoid being charged at the end of 30 days, you can cancel your membership with a click by going to your account settings, any time during the next 30 days.
(If you'd like to stay Swanburne through and though, the low monthly rate of $18 will be automatically billed when the trial is up. And you can still cancel at any time!)