The Green Ember

When we look back on our time under the stay at home orders, I'm hoping my girls remember this was the season of The Green Ember. We've been reading and listening to the books for a couple of weeks now and hoping for the Mended Woods. "Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives…

2019 School Year in Review

I'm tempted to evaluate my role as teacher based on what we didn't accomplish but looking at the pile of books, skills work, and handicrafts helps me remember even with my imperfections, they are getting a great education. We align our school year with the calendar year. I was inspired by Dawn's post, but it…

Happy 4th Birthday, Cy!

Cy's my strong man. He loves taking care of his little brother. He's enjoying "school." I panicked a bit around Dan's due date and wanted a little help getting organized to play with Cy daily. I know that it doesn't take much to help him feel connected before school with the girls, but I was…

Doughnut Day

Jason and Zuzu made homemade doughnuts for National Doughnut Day +1. The girls remembered the Homer Price story about a doughnut machine run amok, so Zuzu and Eliza tag team read the story aloud. It's in the books Homer Price and Make Way for McCloskey.

Summer Bible Reading Challenge

    We started the Summer Bible Reading Challenge for Women today! I'm going to do the plan as written, reading four chapters a day. That's about 20 minutes a day with my audioBible or less if I'm reading it myself. My favorite thing about this challenge is the emphasis on reading what's assigned for the day without…

Term 1 Wrap Up

This is the collage I shared after going to dinner to celebrate the first day of school. When I scheduled my cesarean for Baby #5, I knew that it was going to be a tight fit to finish a 12 week term between Epiphany and the baby's birth day, but I determined not to be afraid…

Monday Morning Time

Mondays frustrated me all last semester. I had to kick off my private school week with  less than enthusiastic seniors and then homeschool my own children who seemed to forget our entire routine between Saturday and Monday. (Because my husband works on Saturdays, we have school six days a week.) Adding to the pressure, we…

Sonlight without Box Day

I thought before my kids were born that I wanted to homeschool with Sonlight. I had it all planned out to be a great fit for us from preschool to high school. Turns out, AmblesideOnline actually works better for my family, but I still love Sonlight for many reasons! We've only had one Box Day--when…

Short Lessons

We weren't able to wrap up our math book before Christmas but I wasn't worried because I figured we could make up the time in the spring. Then midway through January, we hit long division. It just didn't make sense to Zuzu, probably because she could divide the numbers on her own using tricks. I'm…