Reflect and Liberate. Reflections, Paul’s Pre-K, Week 7

Whereas we were getting about 3 days of school in at first, suddenly it’s more like one. What has changed? Probably that we have been busy every weekend with something. I had also been contemplating grad school, but per advice … Continue reading

Back To It! Reflections, Paul’s Pre-K, Weeks 1 & 2

I am so excited!  I have decided to homeschool Paul for pre-k and we started last week! He is old enough that he would be entering pre-k for the 2017-2018 year, but I just don’t think he is ready to be in school all day.  … Continue reading

Colorful Affirmations. Reflections, K Week 21

I think, when I look back over this past week, the thing that stands out most in my mind is the countless hours that Elizabeth colored.  I personally love to color and colored in my little-kid Disney coloring books through … Continue reading

When You Begin, Start With Yourself – When Determining Why You Homeschool, Which Curriculum to Use, and in Your Daily Teaching

After a year and a half of homeschooling, almost 6 years of parenting, and almost 34 years of being alive, I’ve learned that I am an introspective person, and I value that in myself.  For some people, the difference between being … Continue reading

Celebrations! Reflections, K Week 17

We have seen lots of celebrations this week, both in our homeschool and every day life (though, for us, the two are intertwined).  One obvious celebration was Thanksgiving.  My dad hosted again, as he usually does, and in recent years, … Continue reading

Science! Reflections, K Week 16

We have finally finished the Moving Beyond The Page curriculum!!!!  Now, we need to go through all our projects and reminisce, make a “Secret Chocolate Cake” to celebrate with, and move onto the Global Village School curriculum. I was so … Continue reading

Exploring Unschooling Preliminarily. Reflections, K Week 13 and 14

Time goes by so fast!  I can hardly keep up.  (I know I can’t with my house though.)  Yet, I’m not getting anywhere, interestingly. Nothing has really changed here: no new job, still homeschooling, everything the same.  Time just seems … Continue reading

Quilting for Kindergarteners. Reflections, K Week 9

Elizabeth and I began a new unit this week, centering on the book A Quilt Story by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola.  I must admit that I have found these last units much more intriguing than the first, really reaching … Continue reading

Obstacles Defeated. Reflections, K Week 8

The idea of some obstacles hang over your head and you can’t mentally muscle your way past them.  Others, you can physically muscle your way past them, and others you kind of do both.  Some obstacles are just too big, … Continue reading

Blue + Yellow Doesn’t Necessarily Equal What You Think. Reflections, K Weeks 5 and 6

These past two weeks, our Moving Beyond The Page unit focused on friendship and colors, centering on Leo Leonni’s book, Little Blue and Little Yellow.  Elizabeth thoroughly enjoyed this unit, as it involved lots of color blending.  Per the curriculum, … Continue reading