Tagged: homeschooling

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The Recirculating Water Table.

Someone in my local mom’s group posted a picture of this water table her husband made. It recirculates the water for kids who are obsessed with running water, as my boy is. He throws a tantrum every time we have to turn off the faucet! This is the perfectly perfect solution! Oh my gosh, I wish I had thought of it sooner! It was very simple to make. I went to Lowes (hardware store) and got: -Storage tote with the recessed...

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Mummy!

Last Saturday we went to Cincinnati to see the mummy exhibit. It was fascinating. Unfortunately they didn’t allow pictures in the exhibit, which made me sad. They had mummies from Egypt, mummies that were naturally formed due to heat and acidic bogs and so on, and more recent people who had been mummified somehow when they were entombed in church crypts. Rosie was enthralled. Ada was kind of horrified. Henry kept pointing and saying, “Rawr!” Then doing his fake scream. Tyler...

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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”)...

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The Drive Home & Homeschooling.

I’m not really sure what to say now. I’m sad. Especially about Misha. I can’t help but wish for some sort of miracle that would allow me to just adopt Misha and live happily ever after. I’m trying not to think of it. The drive home from Atlanta was tough. We passed through so many terrible storms. My 20 year old sister was with me, so at least I wasn’t completely alone. I think the trip will be good birth control...

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4 weeks & 2 days.

These coyotes! Last night once I finally got to sleep, after multiple children waking up, the coyotes decided it would be a great time to yip, yowl, and howl for an hour right behind my cabin. That made my dogs bark inside, along with the neighbor’s livestock dog which is 100+ pounds and has a very echoey booming bark. We have this tiny hunting flashlight that lights up about five acres of pitch black darkness out here.  It highlights the glowing...

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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....

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Recent Photos.

The days are flying by. I’m having an awful allergy season.  I’ve had the same crippling sinus headache for three days now, nothing gets rid of it.  I can’t wait until it frosts outside.  Goldenrod is blooming right now.  Ada and I are both so allergic to it.  She woke up crying that her eyes were hurting.  I’m ready to feel human again!   We babysat Eloise and her brother Dexter the other day.  It’s been a full year since I...

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...