the why in the school

I have a college degree in early childhood education.

I stay home with both my kids.

Education can be such a bear on the wallet.

My children will have more individual attention.

We can go at our own pace and set the schedule we like.

No need to give up the 3 hour afternoon nap yet.

Attention spans are limited.

Learn during play.

Field trips and vacation whenever.

Well this list is incomplete and only partially true but true there are some valid reasons why we decided to homeschool this year. I’m not saying every year will have the same reasons or even look the same but for now this is what is happening.

We are in out third week of homeschool preschool with Archer our 3 yo. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a couple pics of the first week. Then I had the intention to write a post about our week and the ins and outs of what we were doing. But then the second week came and well now we are on the third.

We are keeping things pretty lax and seeing how she handles working. We are now doing three mornings a week. I decided on which mornings based on other things we have going on during the week. We only do mornings because truth be told she still takes a three hour afternoon nap almost everyday.

We started just working with the calendar and counting the days and learning a letter of the week using the activities. I don’t take it too seriously if she needs a break, wants to work with something else or if Griffin wants to join in with the fun I’m totally ok changing things up. Some mornings she doesn’t feel up to it but as soon as griff shows interests she jumps right in where we are. Ok here are some pictures I’ve taken over the past three weeks. I think the picture pretty much explains what is happening but if you have questions I’ll be open to talking about it more.

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the why in the school

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Making: a quilt for Ayla. A Tova for me. And a schedule for Archer.

Cooking: up some failures in the bread department and successes in the desserts.

Drinking: coffee with honey and soy milk.

Reading: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green.

Wanting: more time in the day to get projects cleared off the list.

Looking: forward to a routine.

Playing: ballet and dress up.

Wasting: so many trees.

Sewing: aprons, zipper pouches and quilts.

Wishing: we were in our new house.

Enjoying: the late night hours to myself.

Waiting: for the rain.

Liking: the sounds of babbling and laughter.

Wondering: when how homeschooling will work this year.

Loving: my quiet times with Griffin.

Hoping: the rain will hold off for the state fair tonight.

Marveling: how neat it is to grow a child and then sustain one.

Needing: a bigger work space.

Smelling: pickled carrots
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Wearing: my one and only pair of jeans and a tshirt.

Following: my heart and gut to keep my kids at home.

Noticing: the passage of time and how some days feel like minutes and other like hours.

Knowing: that tomorrow will bring a new day.

Thinking: that my life is blessed and I need to take more time to enjoy it.

Bookmarking: homeschool curriculum.

Opening: new patterns to try.

Giggling: at sloppy kisses.

Feeling: in awe.

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