Simone got this adorable vintage prairie hat at a garage sale –
(We met the lady that made the hat (and dress) for a dance about 40 years ago! We also bought the dress, but Simone is saving it for Halloween)
Since she is currently reading the Little House on The Prairie series, she has been working on a MineCraft world that involves all the places that Laura lived. Simone was so excited to wear her hat as she played!
Total immersion into a great book 🙂
Hooray! The emails and letters are coming in… Asking for us (it’s a family affair around here) to register for various craft fairs 😊
It’s the motivation we needed to get back into sewing mode!
First– I had to move the sewing machines into a better place. I have a super cute sewing corner – but there isn’t enough room for us all to sew at once! (click the picture to see the full post)
So…. I moved the sewing area upstairs to the boys’ room!
(They happen to have the biggest room in the house – but they never play in there because they would rather jump on the living room couches!)
Yesterday we took a field trip to a beautiful nature reserve close to where we live…
This place has 38 lakes/ponds and for $5.30 and you could rent a boat – for the whole day!!!
Later on the day, the kids were begging to row a boat… Without us parents in it!
My first instincts was to say “NO!” It’s too hard, too dangerous, and what would people think if my kids were in a boat by themselves!
Whoa! Those were my excuses for saying no! I had to reevaluate!
- My kids are very strong, rowing would be difficult because they had never done it before, so the only way to improve would be to practice!
- Too dangerous? I was beginning to doubt that!! All four kids are excellent swimmers, they were wearing life jackets, the lake was very calm, and I knew they weren’t going very from shore!
- I was afraid of being judged?? Really?? I quickly recalled all the rules about the boat, none of which said I couldn’t let the kids row by themselves!
The kids couldn’t believe their good fortune when I quickly recanted my “no!”
It’s hard as a parent to transition our minds from protecting our young children to allowing them to spread their wings and try… and succeed… and grow up!
In the past, I would have had a whole lesson plan of activities to do while at the nature reserve with information to learn, facts to memorize, opinions to be formed…but as a parent/teacher embracing the unschooling ideals, I was trying to trust my children to learn without me directing their every action and thought! It was neat to see them using the site map to tell their father how to drive to the different lakes, or noticing the lily pads and having a scientific discussion about how they grow, watching them learn to row, but most importantly – seeing them love and appreciate this wonderful world God made!!
Since today marks the day kids in the neighborhood go back to school, I thought it would be fitting (and fun) to give you a tour of our classroom!
Other side of the room
School supplies on table
Personal art/craft supplies
Several years ago, my sister made these personalized lunch boxes for each of the kids. She claims it was easy- she just glued a picture of the kids on the front!
The My Little Pony box is mine ($.25 at a garage sale).
We call them our art boxes and they are filled with markers and pencils and glue.
These vintage carry-on bags make a perfect storage case for the kids notebooks and workbooks. They stand up nicely beside the kids’ assigned chairs.
*finished drawings get tucked into the piano bench
* drawing paper, tracing paper, and construction paper are in the picnic basket beneath the bench
I got a map from Target and reused a picture frame and some duct tape to turn it into wall art.
I laminated some subject cards so I can write out our daily plans.
….And there it is! The room I love the most 🙂
*Although my husband and I lean towards the ideas behind unschooling, we know that the kids thrive on routine and clear expectations. Although I don’t pull school lessons from a textbook, they are still expected to learn everyday!
…but that’s for another post!
When I was a child, we had a baby chick that was given to us. It was in poor health and the farmer had written it off as a loss. Being young and kind-hearted, my sisters and I were determined to care for the baby chicken.
We bought it home and made a best for it. Then I got the bright idea that it needed a bath (it was a hot mess of feathers and dirt).
Well… Shortly after the bath, it died 😦
My family has never let me forget the bath incident. It comes up several times a year – a simple reminder that I shouldn’t give my chickens a bath LOL!
Well- today, I gave AppleRose a bath… Well at least a foot bath! And I’m pretty sure she’s going to live trough the experience!
We have had a LOT of rain, making AppleRose’s living space wet and muddy! I noticed that her toes were getting caked in mud that was as hard as rock.
I decided that this was a great lesson in chicken care and turned the cleaning process into a hands-on learning experience for the kids. (Although Eli and Andre couldn’t watch because for some reason they thought her toes might fall off -which they didn’t – LOL!)
It was actually very easy- we just dipped her foot in a bucket of water to loosen the mud and then picked at the mud ball- making it fall apart.