Homestead Update

Well, we're as busy as ever here. Had visitors last weekend so this weekend is catching up/jumping back into regularly scheduled things.We had a nice and uneventful Father's day. That particular holiday usually finds someone sick or injured in our family, so it was nice that nothing terrible happened this year- yay for no stomach … Continue reading Homestead Update

LifeWay’s Summer Reading Program

Last year, The kids and I were big library patrons. We had exhausted our ever-burgeoning home library and craved fresh material, so everyone got a library card, and a book bag, and we made weekly treks to our public library. That had been my plan for this summer as well- complete the summer reading program, … Continue reading LifeWay’s Summer Reading Program

Homeschool in the Summer

This will be our 3rd- wait, 2nd? No... 3rd- official summer doing homeschool. I decided after our first year which included teaching a preK pre reader curriculum and taking care of a 1 year old while pregnant with babe #3- yeah... That was a LOT- I decided to take a break from teaching lessons. Which … Continue reading Homeschool in the Summer

Distance Learning Isn’t Homeschooling

I read an article in the paper that really just made me sad. Mostly because I could empathize with the parents being written about. I worked as a 1:1 Teacher Assistant for high school students with autism for 2 years in North Carolina. Prior to that I had subbed for grades k-12 and the kids … Continue reading Distance Learning Isn’t Homeschooling

Homestead Update

I've heard a few people now mention that soreness that comes with getting back into the busy spring season of homesteading. I'm there! Nothing like weeding and cleaning up gardens to really stiffen those winter-relaxed muscles. We took the much needed time to clean up the raspberry bushes. We planted about 8 plants 3 years … Continue reading Homestead Update

The Homesteaders’ Spirit

As part of our homeschooling, it's my intention to share great literature with my children; to give them a broad, Christian worldview, and to feed their imaginations with wholesome stories of virtue and faith. We read an abridged illustrated version of The Swiss Family Robinson and it ended up being such a favorite, we decided … Continue reading The Homesteaders’ Spirit

Real Life Homeschool Lesson

Let's be frank for a second- kids are oftentimes counterproductive. But, with clear instructions and guidance (at times I swear I'm a drill sergeant...) my kids can become my greatest asset. Instead of book work today for math, I brought them with me into farm mode and together we did some work for the chickens. … Continue reading Real Life Homeschool Lesson

Practicing and Perfecting Skills

You know what changes for homeschooling, homesteaders in the midst of social distancing ordinances? Not a whole lot, actually. In fact, it has been pretty difficult to frame this whole virus thing with rationality because of all the highly publicised "toilet paper crisis alerts." I'm praying for those affected by sickness and hardship (as I … Continue reading Practicing and Perfecting Skills

Cultivating a Rich Thought Life with Children

Guys- I really miss having time to just sit and think. I've always been a writer; keeping various journals and diaries. I've saved numerous letter correspondences, specifically those from my husband's time at boot camp because they show the marked and rapid progression of faith in Christ at work in us during that time. Perhaps … Continue reading Cultivating a Rich Thought Life with Children

Creating a Family Schedule

Since we brought home our 4th child about 7 weeks ago, (and really even before that) our family life has been a hodgepodge of inconsistencies. We had bits and pieces of daily routines that shifted and changed based on our mood, so the kids frequently responded to the chaos and unpredictability with disobedience. My husband … Continue reading Creating a Family Schedule