Some days we wake, pray and slay through learning in our pajamas and hair bonnets. This weeks goal was to have the girls exercise communication skills while being detailed about why we do what we do. TaRaji did an awesome job doing such. TaJere used short cuts at times that required her to start from the beginning until she explained each step.🤦🏽♀️😂🙏🏾 Although it sometimes feels as though I’m hard on them when it comes to them learning, their gratitude throughout the day brings about a comfort.
⚘We are having sick days this week. It’s been one person every day this week. I thought Ruthie was just teething, but then everyone else started getting sick too. Thankfully I got a lot done yesterday before I got the chills last night. I’m thankful that this bug has not been severe. All we have needed is rest. #sickdays#homeschool#restisbest
Art School is what the kids requested today instead of game school. We discussed lines in art. Line thickness and its effect on a picture. Line types: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, radial, etc. Then we used coloring books to look at examples. Then we used Google Earth to explore the use of lines in architecture and landscape.
Wanna come to Texas in the Spring?
Let’s meet in person!!
The Texas Unschoolers have picked a really fun place for a family get together! Cabins, RVs, lazy river, mini-golf... so much fun!!
Imagine hanging out with a ton of other unschooling families playing together, chatting about unschooling - feeling connected!!!
I’ll make this clickable in the stories - early bird prices are available now.
week 7 // the next two weeks we are exploring the forest 🌲- this first part we read the story of a “fierce bad rabbit” by Beatrix Potter and discussed the very important character trait of gentleness - “but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law.” 🍂
we started our week reading the cutest forest “lift the flap” book and with a hike collecting all woodsy things to make our very own “nature mobile” which the kids now have hanging proudly in their room! we incorporated the woods in one of River’s math lessons this week by learning tally marks with sticks! 🍄
we also studied in depth the life of a log - from tree to log to dirt, this was interesting - especially all the creepy crawlers that live inside! swipe to see the video at the end where the log has almost decomposed into dirt - it was fun to “dig” in! we also journaled logs in a fun teepee we found in the woods. 🌿
this week I switched Finn’s literature curriculum back to The Good and The Beautiful because we just missed it. we had stopped to try something different and discovered that our new choice just wasn’t rich in literature and felt like we were missing a huuuuuge part of our learning, so I am super glad for the ability to course correct and make changes as we need them! now it’s our Fun Friday and we are headed to the skate park 😬 - wish us luck, ha! forest explorations continue next week!
En réponse à la tempête médiatique, un message poétique✒️ Ô Communauté, je te vois attristée face à cette tempête,
Je vois même tes feuilles s’envoler,
Étonnant tu trouves, qu’ils s’entêtent,
Et pourtant, tu devrais faire fi de ce chahut et t’apaiser,
La patience et le savoir sont sûrement ta meilleure recette,
Tu as même le meilleur Garant à tes côtés,
C’est pourquoi, je te demande de sécher tes larmes et d’être prête,
Lève-toi et apprends afin que le soleil brille sur toi, Ô Communauté.
Éthique, Synergie, Excellence
Première plateforme de #coursparticuliers
imaginée pour les musulmans.
Narration has been one of the best things we have done in our homeschool efforts, this year making it a staple of our rhythm. Since I was down for the count yesterday with a head cold, we watched Peter Jackson's documentary about World War I called "They Shall Not Grow Old" ... it was both moving and heartbreaking. I asked the kids to write about it and here are their enries. We have been reading The Yanks Are Coming that focuses solely on WWI and is very well-told. Very engaging. Interestingly my 7th grader chose to include info about the propaganda posters that were ever-appearing in the media in the United States. She understands that thet made them look happy and wonderful and avoided the brutal reality of what was actually going on in trench warfare. .
I don't care whether my kids can memorize facts about where certain battles were fought or the exact dates of things but that they read the history books and are left with a heart for the fallen and the desire to make this world a better place. Watching that movie left all of us more compassionate and heartbroken over what war does to countries but more to an individual. Those interviewed were people who lived through it and their voices matter....
This is such a great post!! 😊 @weseekwonder writes, "This little dude is 100% loving All About Reading. He never was a craft kid and he would rather work with numbers rather than letters, but that’s all changed since we opened the box together two weeks ago. We have only made it through three lessons since we are taking our time, but those three lessons have be so wonderful for him and his little tag-along sister. My favorite things so far:
1) Hearing them belly-laugh when Mikey the Monkey (our version of Ziggy the Zebra) couldn’t remember the correct names of their body parts
2) Him ASKING to do “more letters please because I just love it!” 🥰
3) Watching him develop patience and dedication in his art work — a totally new thing for him
I wasn’t planning on getting an explicit instruction program because hey — I’m trained to teach kids to read! That’s my job! But THIS is what THIS kid needed, and if you are thinking about getting it, we give you six thumbs up (between the three of us at home doing it ;) ) Thanks @readaloudrevival for the suggestion! Ps — not an ad. Just a believer!" Thanks so much for your kind words! We are THRILLED that he is loving Pre-reading! 😊😍
Just learning about shadows in a restored silo at farmschool this week #nbd 😍. For real though- these children have no idea what a magical life of adventure and wonder they lead. One day they'll be like, "Whoa Mom. Being a kid was incredible!" You're welcome, Offspring 💕
Last week was short due to me going to the Homesteaders of America Conference as @talaingen_farm. Even so, we doubled up some days so we wouldn’t get “behind” - whatever that means. I happened to return to a family full of sickos. This week was short due to recovery. Then we were all feeling good and ready for our biweekly Western Philosophy for Kids co-op, but all of our regular attendees were sick, so it was cancelled. We made today a “regular” homeschool day and are nearly caught up from what we “missed”. This flexibility is one of our top 3 reasons we homeschool. We can get things done when and how we need to and want to and it works.
Chai tea latte hot chocolate topped with vegan pumpkin flavored marshmallows! 😋 I’ve pretty much had one of these everyday this week! 🙉😁
#NoShameInMyGame 🤣 -
Happy Friday friends!! So excited for the weekend! -
Marshmallows from @mydandies 😉
Soup season is here❣️
I’m loving the meal plans lately❣️Lots o soups in em❣️
Also, trying to be mindfull that too much sugar, not enough sleep & not enough sunshine (vit d) lower our immune systems ability to fight sickness quicker or completely..
This is a black bean( protein), veggie(celery, onion, garlic,)sweet potatoes( carbs)soup, avocado (healthy fats).. satisfies all the nutrition needs & portions for a complete meal for everyone❣️
What are your favorite soups?
I wish I could say we had such a great time at the library this am... but I’d say the fact that we are chilling in our car outside @mcdonalds while I upload @youtube videos is a good indicator that we didn’t.
The irony is that I left one “internet dead spot” for another one and that kills me. It’s frustrating loosing 3 hrs of time driving to/from, getting set up, move a few times then to having to leave... still attempting to find WiFi and upload these videos that are so past due.
I’m thankful that @thebhivekids are pretty flexible and understanding. As soon as I mentioned the internet not working they asked “You want us to pack up to go?” Of course I I have to keep trying a few more times so we don’t have to leave... but today we had to. Nothing was getting accomplished.
We are looking at purchasing the RV Link from @runswithtogo (our friends over at @banana.van.adventures recommended it... along with others who were using their hotspot). What else is out there? Who has an awesome internet device for #fulltimetraveling cause help.
Interesting TED talk on the influence and power of music to affect the way we perceive the world that surrounds us 🦈🌎 Most interesting regardless of your beliefs on evolution or earth’s age. .
#bakingfriday living in Arizona, I had a romantic ideal for fall....since moving to Ohio, fall is starting to feel less romantic, way more cold and lots of gray. Thankfully, there are still lots of pumpkins and adorable fall decor, and it isn’t too hot to turn on your oven to make some fall treats.
This week, we baked some Pumpkin Spice Bread (and we had to try out my new Star Wars pan from Williams Sonoma, because, kids, or rather my kid at heart hubby!
To go with Pumpkin, we read The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs, one of my favorite fall books ever! I remember a sweet momma sharing this one at Mops back when I only had one kid and I think of her every time we read it 💕
What are you baking and reading this week?
Our fun Halloween Color and Read Activity Pack is now available for download! We spent half of our school time this morning having fun with the secret Halloween code, matching words, coloring Halloween characters, ABC dot to dot and more! It’s simple and fun. No prep at all! Let me know if you buy it and what you think. Link in stories or in our shop. 🍁🎃👻🎃🍁
I’m in a really busy season of mothering right now because of my littles...
Crawling, curious Margot always is on my radar when she’s not napping and Whittaker gets bored out of his mind when we are doing anything at the table which he usually takes out on his older brother and that older brother loses it on him and the cycle goes on and on and on until someone melts down. Or multiple littles do.
When I start to feel defeated because I just. want. to have. 5 minutes. doing something meaningful /focused with my older gang without putting out fires or rescuing Margot from crawling into the bathroom, I’ve started to take a deep breathe and proceed to remind myself that in no time, I will never witness my own baby crawling over to me, wanting to sit on my cushy hip while I tidy or help the others. Or my active, oft emotional toddler that will soon be able to sit and join us at the “boring” table instead of climbing in my lap, with blankie, totally content at said boring table close to me.
The exhausting, constantly demanding season of littles is so short I feel silly complaining about it. The days are long, folks. But they don’t last forever.
Pumpkins truly are so quintessential of harvest and bounty. For handwork Liam and I wet felted balls and then I added in the detail touches. They’re small enough to be the perfect little special touch in story telling and small world play. @onwillowsbend was wonderful and added a little picture tutorial in her space of how to wet felt these little pumpkins. If you want to make one then I believe the instructions were saved in her highlights. Happy Thursday friends!
I struggle with traditional schooling. I long to break out of the desks, out of the brick and mortar, and into non-traditional ways of learning. That’s my whole goal for this page. I want to use this page to get out of my comfort zone and make myself strive for something new, something different, something exciting. Learning should always be fun and exciting. 📕#homeschool#picklejarhomeschooling#traditionalhomeschool