"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

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Off on the right foot

I suppose it doesn’t really matter what the calendar says. After all, homeschooling year round means the first day of school could fall just about anywhere. And yet, I am a diehard, day-after-Labor-Day starter. It’s what we did as kids, and it just feels right to me!

Since we’ve now made it to the end of our first month of the school year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite “schooly moments” so far.

We started off the first day with our annual, cake-for-breakfast tradition.  This year I made Butterfinger Cake, and let’s just say no one complained!

Another important tradition: those first-day-of-school photos. (My kids do NOT consider this a highlight of the school year, but I certainly do!)

(I printed the cute little signs from here.)

There are so many things I love about teaching my kiddos at home. I love that I see learning going on no matter which room I enter, whether it’s the kitchen…

…or the living room…

…or the bedrooms…

…or the school room…

(I adapted Remi’s printable from here.)

…or the game room…

…or the dining room.

Yes, that means there are school-related messes everywhere, but they are worth it! This year, even our bathroom showed signs that school had started!

(That was for me, by the way…not the kids. Thanks, Troy!)

I love all the hands-on activities that go on in our home, like science experiments…

Observing fat and protein molecules moving in milk

Addy is rubbing vegetable oil on a bird feather to see how down works.

Now, getting it wet…

…and observing the difference. See how the water beads up on the one she oiled, on the left?

….and history projects.

Addy made sesame circles for Greek food night while studying ancient Greece…

…and Greek salad, too, of course! Mmmmmm….

I love finding activities around the house that I didn’t even assign, like when Addy decided to experiment with growing her own green onions…

…or when she decided, on her own, to illustrate her Latin vocabulary words the first week of school, and put them in a card for us:

I’ll admit that some days are harder than others…like when the mom who already has issues with touching raw meat has to help a child break open and compare the densities of chicken and beef bones. (Eeeewww!)

The things we do for our kids, huh?

We also took a couple of field trips during our first month of school…but I’ll save those for another post.

And, you can see lots more of our first weeks of school at my new preschool blog, coming soon!

Wherever you or yours go to school, I hope you’re all having a great year so far and learning what’s most important. I’d love to hear about it—so please, leave me a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by.

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Happily stuck with them

They’re home! My family is all together again! And yes, I am smiling!

(Photos by Larissa Thompson)

Two weeks ago, Addy went off to visit her cousins for several days.  I really missed her! Then the boys were gone to camp all last week. I missed them, too! But even as I was missing them, I thought back to a time when I didn’t expect to feel that way….

It was more than eleven years ago. Our firstborn was almost old enough to start school, and we’d been examining our options. I’d become convinced that homeschooling was the way I wanted to go. I’d read the research. I knew the advantages. But, I had one BIG hangup.  One hurdle I wasn’t sure I could take. Can you guess what it was?

They’ll always be with me.

That’s what I couldn’t get over. Our first two were born just twenty months apart, and I remember vividly how HARD it was having two babies.  I had consoled myself in the toughest times with this thought: This won’t last long. Before I know it, they’ll be off to school and I’ll be able to catch my breath again.

But now I was looking at the possibility that they wouldn’t be going OFF anywhere. That school would be here, which meant they’d be here…all the time. Which, in turn, meant there would be no going out shopping alone for me; no lunch dates out with friends; no actually being able to clean the house and have it stay that way for a few hours. On and on I went, trying to figure out whether I could handle always having the kids around.

Well, we took the plunge, and a funny thing happened. The more time I spent with my kids, the more I grew to like them. Not just to love them, but to really LIKE them. I enjoy them now. I like who they are. We have fun together. I treasure their uniqueness and their sweet personalities. I learn so much from them. I cherish our time together–it’s going by too fast!  And yes, when they’re gone, I actually miss them.

I do enjoy getting a break sometimes. In fact, I need those breaks, and so do you! But it sure makes me sad to hear parents lamenting the coming of summer because their children will be home with them. It breaks my heart when I hear people complain about the approach of spring break, since they will have to spend–*gasp*–a whole week with their kids. Really? Are these not wonderful opportunities to enjoy the children that are growing up way too fast? Wouldn’t it be fun to actually get to know them as individuals?

Maybe our outlook only changes as we come to truly believe the psalmist’s words:

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord. 

The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

Psalm 127:3

If you have children, I hope you cherish each moment with them today, recognizing them as His gifts to you. You just might be surprised how much you enjoy them!

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