Saturday evening homeschool planning makes me so happy. I'll be using #exploringnaturewithchildren to talk about evergreens next week. I'm adding in some pine tree artwork by Emily Carr, using The Great Canadian ArtPak (Maple Tree Publications) as a reference. (We'll of course read a few paragraphs from Klee Wyck.) We'll also look at a painting by Arthur Lismer, another Canadian artist. We'll identify and draw various types of evergreen branches collected on today's hike. Copywork will come from a poem about a fir tree. And our free write prompt will also include a pine tree. It's going to be a great week!
Today was a day full of running errands, attending birthday parties, and visiting/helping a good friend of ours. .
We didn't spend time doing any of the RV renovations that we so need to get finished, such as painting, recovering the mattresses and cushions, and finishing the maintenance we need to do on it, before hitting the road again in a few short weeks.
We didn't spend our day doing the laundry that is begging to be done, or cleaning our very cluttered living space, that has gotten out of hand. There is a slight amount of guilt that we have for not sticking with our timeline of things we need to get done before leaving again. Tomorrow, when we get out of bed, we'll have those things to focus on.
But for today, we got to have a bit of a break. We got to see people that we don't get to see or talk to as often as we would like. We got to go to events and parties that we won't have the priviledge of going to once we are on the road, and so being flexible and departing from our 'to-do' list was a conscious decision for us today. .
Deciding to be around our friends, & seeing people we know we will miss-is something that just will not be regretted. .
Sometimes, when certain things seem SO important to us, other things that we once thought we could NEVER fit in, become just as important, if not more. We realize their importance when the thought of losing, or being away from them looms in the back of our minds.
We usually only get to, & reach those things if we are willing to be flexible, and recognize our priorities.
Shifting our plans around a bit will enable us to accomplish all of the things on our list, and feel satisfied, and content when all is said and done, and we find ourselves driving out of Springfield. (To local friends in our home-city: I'm thankful for any time that we have the opportunity to visit with, and see our family and friends - while here. If we don't end up able to see you before we head out and hit the road, we hope we will get to visit with you once we return back, whenever that might be.) .
❓Are you anything like me, & find it challenging to balance things you must accomplish, for things you know you would regret not doing? ❓
Wanted to share a real life, no Lightroom preset, unfiltered moment that I will cherish forever. I’m obsessed with witnessing this little guy’s lightbulb moments whilst teaching him and I’m not prepared to delegate. Say a little prayer for us eh?
My sweet sweet boy, the world is your classroom.
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Raising my son with pets has been amazing for his social emotional development. He has learned so much about caring for them, providing a safe environment, cleaning up after them, being gentle, etc. Our newer cat Honey allows him to be more hands on and has even been seen licking him or coming up to him for attention. Whereas Charlotte, our black cat, is a Nervous Nelly who had to deal with him as an infant & toddler and doesn’t tolerate as much touching. Both of them like to sit with us while we are reading or doing projects. .
What life lessons have your kids learned from having pets?
Today I got to hug the two women who have influenced my development as a homeschooling mom the absolute most! @juliebravewriter is the cheerleader and encourager that every homeschool mama needs. And after watching all of her videos, listening to her podcast, and reading all of her materials, she has helped me cast a vision for the type of education that I want my kids to have, an enchanted one.✨ If it wasn’t for @susanwisebauer, I don’t think I’d be homeschooling. Her book, The Well Trained Mind, is the homeschool resource that I’ve come back to, again and again, year after year. Reading that book, and listening to many of her lectures, has made me feel like giving my children a rich education is fully within my grasp. And don’t get me started about her curricula...AMAZING. Thank you, ladies, for paving the way, and for coming alongside of, and encouraging, this new generation of homeschooling moms!
Exciting news: we are going back to homeschooling next school year! I’m certainly enjoying e-v-e-r-y moment of this current school year -long stretches of only M-E time: volunteering where I can, finishing projects around our home and many quiet moments for introspection and prayer. I needed this time but I’m just as excited for what’s in store for the next few years!!! 🌴 🌞 🌊
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Today, I helped mommy build a new cube bookcase to organize my toys. #safetyfirst
Our current read aloud is Pippi Longstocking. This is our second time through it and because I loved this story so much as a young girl, we’ll probably come back to it again!
Have you read it?
Remember the part when Pippi sleeps with her feet on her pillow and her head at the foot of the bed under the blanket? 😂 Or when she refers to her dad as the king of a cannibal island or when she makes cookies on the kitchen floor 😂 She’s a super independent girl who has a treasure chest full of gold coins and you never know what she’ll do next!
What an adventure to dive into with my three girls!
• MESSY YOGURT PLAY • Connor and his chair were both in desperate need of a bath so it was the perfect time to get #messy! I don’t let this happen often enough (hello extra work), but it’s important for children learn through all their #senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. This activity involves ALL five! •
Pull out a roll of aluminum foil and tape it down. For older kids, draw pictures with a permanent marker and let them “color” with a qtip (I think I first saw this from @playingwithchanel). You can go the extra mile and add color to the #yogurt (we used plain). For younger kids, move your finger along the aluminum foil so they can hear the sounds, then add the yogurt in a let them have at it!
Yep we are over the snow. Turns out us coastal people like the idea of snow but when it comes in several feet all at once and makes a simple walk an ordeal it quickly loses its appeal. Snow forts were made, snow slushies eaten, and annual snow shoeing done. Checking off the winter boxes, back to cherry blossoms (seen 2 weeks ago) please. 🌸🌸🌸
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My little boy (age 6) has been interested in (okay, obsessed with) the Titanic and its history along with the Brittanic and Olympic. He has created Lego ships, drawings, and he's been singing related songs. Here is his Lego Brittanic.
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My little guy really enjoys visiting the butterflies at the Nature Museum. I love singing maha mantra to them and giving them Reiki. It's so cool to see my usually rambunctious and energetic son calm right down and gently let butterflies land on him and hold them in his hands. It's a very healing experience. I know a lot of these butterflies end up trampled on or injured which is so sad, so i like to visit them with transcendental vibrations and reiki love. .
Our daily routine is constantly in flux. I almost hesitate to share this because I don't want anyone looking at this and thinking that our day runs perfectly. In between these lines are a few tears here and there, some arguing and grumbling, and a toddler yelling. What I do want you to know is I plan margin into our day. I was reminded of this by my Instagram friend @heart_full_homeschool. 😘 I strip down our day to the basics and then add one more thing in the afternoon. I plan an extra 15 to 20 minutes per subject, because it's a rare day when we actually start our morning exactly at 8. Or when each child is ready to move on to another activity right at the appointed time. What this routine does is gives me a skeleton schedule to follow. I keep it simple and give us a lot of breathing room. I hope this is helpful for any of you wondering how to "fit it all in". Not that we ever do truly "fit it all in". 💛
We’ve planted roots!! It’s been about a week since we’ve become official home owners and I must admit, the reality of it all has finally hit me! Like... we have a house!!! We have a place that’s OURS!! In just a couple of weeks, we will be moving into this house and making it our home and I simply cannot wait! •
One thing I’m really looking forward to is making an inviting area in our backyard for our children to learn through play! The plan is to build a mud kitchen, sandbox, and eventually a swing set with a slide. With that said, I wanted to share this amazing mud kitchen with you all!! This outdoor kitchen and those flowers are seriously goals 😍 •
Do you have a mud kitchen for your kids? •
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You are an eggcellent Valentine, and I’m so clucky to have you! 🐓🐓🐓🌿🌿❤️❤️🥰 Basket from @beetheartshop