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Why I homeschool my children.

“I am.” –We have the power of knowing ourselves. “I can.” –We are conscious of the power to do what we perceive we ought to do. “I ought.” –We have within us a moral judge to whom we feel ourselves subject, who points out and requires of us our duty. “I will.” –We determine to exercise that power with a volition that is in itself a step in the execution of what we will. (Words from “When Children Love to Learn”)...

Tufted Titmouse. 1

Tufted Titmouse.

 I took Ada back to the doctor today. Her throat is still infected, worse than before.  We had to miss homeschool co-op because she was awake all night with a fever yet again. Rosie is as grumpy as she’s probably ever been in her life!  Her nose is still stuffy, which is unusual for her.  Must be an extra crappy cold. Ada still acts cheerful, despite being sick and never sleeping. Here she is on her bird watching perch this morning....

First day of co-op and a few pictures. 0

First day of co-op and a few pictures.

We had our first day of the Charlotte Mason homeschool co-op yesterday. It went very well!  The only downside was they actually intended for me to be the helper in the 4/5 year old class and not Ada’s 2/3 class.  Ada wouldn’t stay in the 2/3 class without me.  To be fair I had promised her we would stay in the same class together. I tried leaving her in there and she just stood in the same spot and sobbed silently....

Possums, Co-op, and Photos. 0

Possums, Co-op, and Photos.

I need some kind of possum repellant spray. These ugly beasts (or Tools of Satan as we jokingly call them) are terrorizing my backyard!  They have ripped the heads off of a few hens over the past few years, and they love to steal eggs.  This past summer they ate an entire nest of duck eggs that were close to hatching.  Poor Mama Duck was panting and paralyzed with fear in the corner next to her nest under the chicken coop....

Thoughts from Charlotte Mason study group tonight. (Vol 6. Ch. 3, pt. 1) 0

Thoughts from Charlotte Mason study group tonight. (Vol 6. Ch. 3, pt. 1)

I wanted to write down some quotes and thoughts after reading the first three sections of Chapter 3 from Charlotte Mason’s book Towards a Philosophy of Education.  I’m reading the book with a group of other moms.  It is so wonderful to meet other mothers who are interested in the same lifestyle I am!  We meet every Tuesday night to discuss the book and plan our Charlotte Mason style homeschool co-op, which will start classes in January. If you want to...

Macaroni Pizza! (And a sort of DITL…) 1

Macaroni Pizza! (And a sort of DITL…)

Devoting part of every day to reading and discussing school subjects with Rosie takes up a lot of time.  It’s very hard to keep Ada quiet and entertained while I work with Rosie.  I’d say that’s probably the most difficult thing about homeschooling. The other difficult thing is finding a balance between what Rosie should be learning and what kind of subjects she enjoys.  For example we studied vikings for a week and they did not interest Rosie in the least.  Ada...

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 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...

Photos of Our Typical Day. 6

Photos of Our Typical Day.

Do you realize the summer is nearly half over now? Soon it’s going to be time for Rosie to start Kindergarten.  We’re homeschooling, so she’s not really going anywhere, but we have to keep an attendance record for the state. I have to send a letter to the board of education stating our intent to homeschool this August!  For real, it will be official.  I will have accepted the responsibility. What a huge responsibility it is!  We’ve been doing schoolish things already–we’re...