Category: Homeschooling

More about Charlotte Mason & my study group. 0

More about Charlotte Mason & my study group.

A few weeks ago I said I was going to write more about our homeschooling style.  I haven’t had time to write much, and truth be told I’m still learning so much about Charlotte Mason that I can’t accurately write up something about it. The basic way Charlotte Mason style homeschooling works is that we use living books instead of text books.  Living books are narrative style books, like an autobiography, that are written by one person and pull your thoughts and...

The Birthday Ducklings Reincarnated. 2

The Birthday Ducklings Reincarnated.

I have to interrupt my regularly scheduled homeschooling post to share pictures! I don’t think I ever updated about The Birthday Ducklings.  They were all murdered by their father, Benny Duck.  He broke their necks one afternoon and I found them all three floating in their little pool.  I’d seen him chasing them the day before and thought about separating them, but I never dreamed he would actually kill them.  Apparently male ducks sometimes murder their offspring, who knew? It was incredibly sad. BUT…they are...

The rambling answer to why we homeschool. 9

The rambling answer to why we homeschool.

We’re on Week 2 of homeschooling for first grade and it’s going pretty well! I’m not going to lie–it’s certainly *not* easy to find time to do “school” and still keep up with housework, plus taking care of the kids and pets.  On top of that we are getting ready to put our house on the market, packing up everything besides the bare bones essentials, painting, etc.  I am so busy!   Several people asked me what kind of homeschooling we’re...

Behavior Fail. 2

Behavior Fail.

Every year of parenting I learn something new because I run up against another challenge.   Parenting is hard.  I think it’s harder the older kids get.  Five and half, almost six is the most difficult yet.   It’s this age when suddenly there’s no more adorable toddler or preschooler innocence left.  Kids are expected to behave with some maturity.  They should be able to start understanding how to act in different situations.  Being a preschooler is no longer an excuse,...

The Speech Evaluation. 4

The Speech Evaluation.

The speech therapy appointment went pretty well.  (Except for the part where I left Ada at home with Tyler and she cried most of the time.  Oh Ada.) We got to the school a few minutes early and had to wait in the front entrance.  While waiting I had a few moments of self doubt.  What if Rosie just rode the bus to this school every morning?  It would be so easy.  I wouldn’t have to worry about curriculum, struggling with Ada while...

A quick study of Ada at 20 months: 5 minutes in the tub. 0

A quick study of Ada at 20 months: 5 minutes in the tub.

This morning we did all of our school plans for the day–Rosie wanted to focus for some reason.  I’m not complaining!  We did our morning board, where we write the day of the week, the date in two forms, the day of school we’re on, the weather, etc.  Then we did a math worksheet about different ways to add up the number five.  Math is Rosie’s hardest subject. We learned about the parts of a fish and how fish are different...

Thoughts on where we’re headed with this life. 0

Thoughts on where we’re headed with this life.

By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it’s established; And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24: 3-4 I happened across this tonight and it struck me as poignant. This is how I want my family life to go.  This is what I want to do as a parent.  This wholly sums up my reasons for homeschooling. As I sit back each night and reflect on my day I sometimes feel panicked that I’m doing everything...

The Walking Mermaid & Homeschooling Thoughts. 5

The Walking Mermaid & Homeschooling Thoughts.

We’re now in the second half of our first year homeschooling. We’ve done about 95 days of school.  The state requires us to do 180 days for the year, so we’re on track for that, though nothing says our year has to follow the traditional school year.  I have a feeling we’ll continue learning over the summer.   In December we took a lot of days off.  I had a major loss in confidence.  Sometimes I think–holy crap, what am I doing?  Homeschooling...

Aquarium! 1

Aquarium!

For science in our kindergarten homeschool we are studying the ocean. We finished the study of ocean mammals, learning what it means to be a mammal and what sorts of mammals live in and around the sea.  Next up we are learning about fish and the food chain. Today we took a field trip to the aquarium to see some of the things we’ve been reading about.  Rosie and Ada both had a blast. On the way there:  Florence Y’all!  ...

Afternoon at the orchard. 3

Afternoon at the orchard.

Today was our homeschool field trip to the local orchard and pumpkin patch. I’m loving homeschool field trips–we get to pay the school group rate to all kinds of places!  Today at the pumpkin patch it was $7 for each person over age two and we all got to pick a pumpkin, take a private tour of the apple cider making facility, take a private hay ride to the pumpkin patch, and everyone got to pick their own pumpkin.  We also...