The concept of the one-room schoolhouse must, as a necessity, be a reality in our home. This year we are homeschooling a 1st grader and a pre-k kid, while trying to keep a busy and quick learning almost 2-year-old. Well, we are homeschooling in between nursing the baby and dealing with tantrums and naps and meals (and, and, and). And there are days that go incredibly well and days where nothing happens of seeming importance.
These are the days when I have to take the long view of the education of our children.
I take a deep breath (or a fresh cup of coffee) and remind myself we have a LOT of days in which to educate and train our little ones. I also remind myself that the older two, for better or worse, are test cases. Hopefully, I have much more figured out once the younger two are walking through the stages we are going through today with the older. I think: “We can make mistakes. We can take breaks. We will have another chance to do these things.”
But one day, we just began. We jumped into the homeschool thing. And we have had a BLAST!
My inadequacies with teaching are still abundantly clear, but we have discovered ways to get knowledge into our 5-year-old’s brain in vast quantities through memorization while still having lots of fun. We work our homeschool program around the Classical Conversations curriculum and it has been such a wonderful fit for her.3
One of the most interesting things CC teaches kids is memorization of basic math facts. A typical Classical Conversations year includes learning new information about history, science, English, and Latin. But every year, no matter what else is on the agenda, the math facts kids are exposed to are the same. Continue Reading
Some of my favorite memories as a kid involved decorating our house for the holidays. Popcorn strings for the tree, oranges spiked with cloves for the dining room table, Christmas countdown chains! There must have been a latent homemaker in my little kid heart from the beginning. And now our girls are loving the process of getting ready for the holidays with decorations and activities leading up to the big day!
We do a number of things to try to get our house and our hearts ready to celebrate Christmas. It has been such fun to create traditions with our girls. One of our favorite things is our Christmas book basket. I put it out on December 1st for the kids to dig into all month. And every few days, I try to come up with an activity that goes with one of the books in the basket.
This entry is part 29 of 29 in the series Baby Days
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What a wonderful thing to bring a beautiful baby home! The love we have for our kids is instantaneous and insatiable – we just can’t get enough of them. But getting them home and getting them settled into their role as part of the family can be interesting. When we had our first baby, after she was settled into a sleep schedule that was predictable, I became obsessed with filling her every moment of every day with activities and new experiences. I was afraid that if I left any quiet moments in the air, I would be missing out on her development. It took me a long time to realize that she was experiencing new things and growing each and every day, even when I wasn’t creating activities for her every waking moment. And it took a while to figure out how to fill her days with memorable moments while not being exhausted.
After three babies, I have kind of discovered the activities that really matter in the first year. The ones that fill our days and have created some of the most memorable moments for our family. They create a sort-of schedule or a checklist that I can look back at when I feel like I have exhausted all the things a baby can do in a day. And being able to check off the list helps me to know I have done my job as a parent, even if we haven’t left the house! Continue Reading
As a lover of Bible study, one of my main goals in teaching my kids is to point them to a love of God, a love of others, and a love of His Word! I want them to know there are answers in this Big Book. I want them to know there are wonders. And I want them to know God wrote it because He wanted us to know Him!
As I was preparing our homeschool choices for this year, I came across a great reading schedule for the Gospel of John. It looked like such a perfect idea! To work with G through one book of the Bible, a little bit at a time. But as I started looking at it, I realized it was for a reading level above where she is.
I still wanted to read through the Gospel of John with her, though!
So, I simply started. And along the way, I came up with simple ideas for teaching each verse to her. In the short time we have been doing it, we have started to memorize some of the verses. We have learned many new things! And we have had lots of fun doing it! Continue Reading
Since we officially have started school, we now get to plan after school activities! And the possibilities are endless! We have been considering a number of extra-curricular activities to keep our kindergarten kid busy during the afternoon. And last week I decided to have a fun after school play date with her friends to celebrate Back to School. It just seemed natural to bake brownies! Our play date was actually simple to throw together and the kids had LOTS of fun. I thought I would share with you our best ideas for planning an after school play date.
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