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Friday, May 19, 2017

Muffins, RPGs, Ballerinas, and more

Man, it got hot this week. We may not be moving fast, but we are still moving. We are winding down our schoolwork in preparation for summer. How about you?

I just wanted to pop in a minute and share some pictures and every day happenings. A year or two from now I’ll stumble across this post and smile.

11-year-old Peter made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins all by himself this morning. And they were perfect.

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All the kids, from the 17-year-old down to the 8-year-old, are developing a tabletop RPG (Role Playing Game). Because we’re geeky that way.

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I finished up the costumes for Emma’s ballet class---they are performing in the local homeschoolers’ talent show this evening. (Ignore the extra elastic on the wrists, I’ve fixed that)

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This kid finally got his learner’s permit and went out for his first lesson. Don’t mind the mug shot---this was for the SAT registration and he was less than enthused about that. It’s hard to get voluntary snapshots of 17-year-olds.

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What have you been up to?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Homeschool Rescue, a review

When I heard that Heather from Only Passionate Curiosity was developing a brand new e-course called Homeschool Rescue, I was more than a little intrigued. There are tons of articles, tutorials, and even conferences online dedicated to the homeschool lifestyle. You can learn how to pick curriculum, how to organize it, how to answer the socialization question, what your educational philosophy is and more. 
 
But what if you’ve answered all those questions, have been educating your kids for years, and still feel like you’re drowning? What if you need to rescue your homeschool?
 
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I’ve been homeschooling for 10 years. I’ve researched to the point where I live, breathe, and dream homeschooling. I’ve heard all the advice…shoot, I give suggestions and ideas to new homeschoolers all the time. I know what I’m doing.
 
But I can’t tell you the number of times in the past few years that I’ve wanted to quit, pack up my books, and send the children to school.  Not because home education wasn’t working (it is), but because it’s so hard sometimes to just keep going. 
 
Sometimes you need a little more than advice or been-there-done-that empathy. Sometimes you need someone to come alongside you, sit down with a cup of tea, and ask you the tough questions, the ones you don’t want to ask yourself.
 
And maybe light a fire under you. Or within you. This is what Homeschool Rescue is about.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

When Dream Come True in Unexpected Ways

Many years ago, I was doing this visualization exercise. The idea was to close your eyes and “see” where you would be and what you would be doing 5, 10, 15…years into the future.  And I saw myself sitting on a bench, or some such, in a lush garden, with little ones running around kind of an island of beautiful flowers.  It was just a fleeting glimpse. It wasn’t until recently that I looked out on our tiny postage stamp sized yard, with the lilacs in full bloom along the fence and the azaleas opening up…and realized, this, this was what I saw when I closed my eyes.

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It had not occurred to me that my “dream” of what motherhood would be like had come true. Sure, it doesn’t really look like that glimpse of idyllic peace I had all those years ago. But moments of it do. Just as I can’t share with you every minute of what my life is like, there’s no way I could dream every minute of what my life would be like. All I could imagine was what it would look like, not how it would feel or how deeply it would stir my soul.

So, to all the mothers out there---Happy Mother’s Day.

Especially if you are in the thick of things. I wish you the very best and I hope that you’ll remember those lovely moments of peace when everything was right with the world.

God Bless You.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Review of Algebra for Breakfast, a Supplemental Math Program

Did you know that it’s possible to close your eyes and actually feel algebraic expressions with your fingers? Algebra for Breakfast is a video-based Math Enrichment program that teaches conceptual understanding through multiple forms of sensory input.  We recently had the opportunity to try out and review the Grades 5/6 level of this program.

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