Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Yarn Along

{ Yarn Along }

Some early morning knitting with my little ones in tow after a long mostly sleepless night of soothing a teething 18 month old. Today will call for lots of coffee and patience. 

Knitting: almost finished knitting hat number one and two more to go. I have to keep heads warm during the winter. I think I might start something for myself as well. 

Reading: I am reading The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers and of course, Richard Scarry with the littles. I also picked up a great homeschooling publication, Wild + Free. Check it out. I can't say enough about it. 

Happy Knitting. 

joining Ginny of Small things

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

School at Home

{ School at Home }

This year we made a huge and life altering decision for our family. We chose to home-school our two daughters instead of enrolling them in the public school system in our new area. It was a momentous decision because I come from a long line of teachers and I was a public high school teacher before I had children.I never thought I would be a mother who home-schooled but here we are and this is what we are doing. There are many reasons we made this decision and the main one is that we will be moving mid-year as we transition from military to civilian life. We don't know where we will land and we want our children to have some stability in a time of change. I really feel like that God led us to this point and is giving me an opportunity that I want to cherish and take slowly. I know that it isn't the mainstream way of doing things and I have been met with some critical opinions of others. It is hard to shrug them off at times because I am not thick skinned but I took the time to seek out a supportive group of women who also home-school and this has been my saving grace. I know that we will have days that feel like a failure and I will meet people who may not agree with our choice. It will be my choice to either offer that up as a test of my character and rise to the occasion or be unnecessarily hard on myself and doubt this path. 

 I did a bunch of research on different types of homeschooling and there are a lot of options. We decided on a classical curriculum from the Calvert School for the Monday through Thursday with half days on Fridays. A majority of the learning will take place during this time. It is a great program and the staff is extremely supportive. On Friday afternoons, we will exploring project based schooling with different long term projects that I hope will let our girls be creative and inventive. Our first project is building a cardboard box doll house. We will be using art, math and science to do something fun. I have planned many fun field trips and signed up the girls for ballet and art classes. We are going to a packed year of learning and fun! 

Here is a sneak peek into our classroom and play areas. We now have an unconventional home but it is kind of great to see such a big change take place in our home. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mindful Mondays are Back!

{ Mindful Mondays } 

A series on Mondays (as often as possible) that calls all things I am doing, thinking, and creating.

:: reading- The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers & my newest find, Wild & Free: A Homeschool Community publications. Both are truly wonderful so far and I am going to recommend any homeschool mama looking for some support to check out Wild and Free. They even have a conference (on the East Coast this year). 

:: listening to - NPR morning edition and the gentle hum of the washing machine. 

:: studying- on all things homeschool related. It is dominating my life right now and I think it will until we get into a routine and get comfortable. It is an exciting and new time because we are forging a new path. 

:: creating- knitting some winter hats for my girls, finished some homemade pillow cases, and starting work on a quilt for my boy. I think there is nothing prettier than a pillowcase with nice design. It is a nice treat after long day. 

:: cooking- roasting a chicken tonight since it will be rainy and damp. These kind of evenings call for something homey and cozy to eat. 

:: educating - myself on topics related to homeschooling...are you beginning to notice a theme?

:: feeling- rested after a weekend of home time and visiting family. Also, a bit excited and a bit nervous about what I am undertaking this fall. I know it will work out the way the Lord wants it to but I can't help but worry and fuss over the details.

:: thinking - about the next 6 months as my husband transitions out of military life and into civilian life and where we will land to put down roots. It is exciting to think that after years of moving and transferring from place to place that we will belong to a town and it will belong to us. 

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