Last Days of 2016

What a crazy year it’s been! I can hardly believe 2016 is almost over. We have made so many great memories this year!

Homeschooling is going great! We have a had few bumps along the way and hard days but we have learned to take a deep breath and keep going. My little man is having a great time and little sister is even starting to enjoy it. I have also noticed that we are much closer as a family now then we were. We have done some very cool things this year.

We spent most of December doing countdown to Christmas and Advent activities which the kids really enjoyed. We even had time for a family field trip day to Syracuse to go to the MoST and see the Lights on the Lake. It was a great day and we were able to get a great membership deal to a few other local museums for the coming year.

We will be starting up with home-school again on 1/2/17, I just started planning this morning! 🙂

It’s my goal in the new year to document this adventure moving forward, I know one day I will look back on these memories fondly. (So I better start writing more down!)

See everyone in 2017!

 

-T

Homeschooling Day 1

Well day one of homeschooling is in the books! And to be honest it was a lot of fun. We had a special breakfast of cinnamon rolls and took our first day pictures, which is always a little hectic.

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Then we got down to business, this weeks theme is ‘All about Me’. We are going to learn about our senses and also learn a little more about homeschooling. We started by talking about our five senses and what they do. Then we working on a few reading and writing exercises.

After that it was time to go out and play for a little bit. Then it was snack time and a little Sesame Street (also talking about our five senses). Then we did a little reading time, we read “This is my Home, This is my School” by Jonathan Bean. It is a great read for little ones. We also read “All By Myself” by Mercer Mayer. It’s a little bit of a silly book, it was a big hit.

After that we did a small craft and made an “All About Me” book where little Man told me all his favorite things and even did a self portrait. It was great!

We can’t wait to do it again tomorrow. 🙂

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Homeschooling Here We Come!

In just over a week we will begin our journey intro the world of homeschooling. I am both excited and terrified. I think that’s to be expected.

I am hoping to ease my little learners into our routines and schedule with a few fun theme weeks to start. Although the beginning may be new and at times a bit bumpy I think we will get through it.

Fingers (and toes) crossed!

-T

Getting Ready for Summer

In a few short days my little man will be graduating from preschool. It is both hard to believe and amazing at the same time. To think of how far he has come in just a few short years, and the little man he is (not so slowly) becoming… it makes me heart sing with happiness.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when we worried that he might never talk. And now his endless list of questions astounds me.

Looking forward to the road ahead, I wonder what joys and struggles it will hold.. but I know we will ride it together. And I cannot wait to teach these little minions all they wish to learn.

I’m hoping to plan a few fun things for this summer as well as some much needed rest and relaxation time before we being our home school adventure in the late summer/fall. No matter what I know it is going to be a fun summer!

Homeschooling

Homeschooling is something my husband and I have talked about on and off for a few years now. Sadly the public education system in our state is not what it used to be. It’s no longer about the kids but more about the dollar signs and the bottom line. And to me that’s just not good enough. I don’t want to send my children somewhere for 40 hours a week where they are going to be treated like a number or a test score rather then a person.

 

I hold the utmost respect for educators, they have a sometimes thank-less job. In which they are expected to work long hours for little pay. I know that it is not their choice to teach only for the test or lose track of the student in the back of the class. But I also know the reality that this is sadly what happens today.

After doing a good deal of research as well as looking into local homeschooling groups in our area my husband and I have decided to homeschool our son next year for Kindergarten. We are planning to use the Timberdoodle homeschool cirriculum and supplement with different trips, crafts and homeschool co-op activities in our area.

 

To be honest I have no idea how this is really going to go, I am hoping for the best outcome and keeping my fingers crossed. I plan to document this journey here and I hope any and all those interesting will follow along and take part in this adventure with us.