Op shop haul from my favorite secondhand shop in Wanaka! 👌(Wastebusters - $5 to fill a bag!! ) I got a human body puzzle and lots of kids books, a few especially for homeschooling. I've never read Magic Tree House books or The Boxcar Children so I've no idea if they're any good!? 🤔 What's also missing is a Gruffalo colouring book which has been used all day and another picture book that's already been misplaced.. 😂 #homeschool #homeschooler #homeschoolkindergarten #homeschoolpreschool #homeschoollife #homeschooling #schoolathome #homeschoolfamily #homeschoolfun #homeeducator #homeeducation #homeschoolday #homeschoolbooks #homeschoolhaul #opshopfinds #thriftstorefinds #thrifting #opshopping #usedbooks
It’s been a cold and rainy few days in Dallas and cabin fever has definitely started to set in. Colorful, speckled eggs in the nest box always make the dreary weather just a little brighter. Praying for just a little sunshine this weekend🌧☀️ What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? • . Sharing for #speckledeggsaturday hosted by my friend Leslie @thefourteenacres , the queen of the rainbow egg 🌈
Exploring nature or learning from the outdoors does not only have to be in complete nature. Today we spent the whole day in the city. Went to city park, rode the streetcar, saw the collapsed hard rock hotel, walked to the French Quarter, saw street performers, ate beignets, and went to the aquarium. We learned a lot today. A major one being to care and feel humbled by seeing the homeless. We also had to learn to be aware of our surroundings, the importance of time, and distance between things. We saw people speaking other languages and wearing different cultural clothing, we saw strange performances, watched the mighty Mississippi River... exploring our cities I think is important as well as nature itself. And worth our outdoor time. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #1000hoursoutside #learningoutside #outdoorlearning #wildandfreechildren #learningthroughplay #homeschoollife #homeschoolmom #homeschoolcommunity #homeschoolpreschool #homeschooling
They go to sleep and mama keeps on working. Wouldn’t change a thing! Happy weekend ♥️_____________________________________________________________ #homeschool #homeschoolmom #homeschoollife #homeschoolcommunity #librarylife #homeschoolrocks #tpt #tptteachers #iteachtoo #disney #ilovedisney
Practicing tracing lines with @habitatschoolhouse ! 😁
Friday morning adventure with Zula and Poppy!
Building life skills ! Navigation & water safety & responsibility.
Flash back to Chicago, so so fun!!! What I wouldn’t give to go back. Love these people more than I could have known was possible! • • • • • #justdobeyou #chicago #homeschool #bestlife #fifthwheel #roadschool #familylife #roadschool #homeschoolmom #homeschoollife #homeschooling #roadschooling #takemeback
When Joey first mentioned he hoped our kids would be homeschooled I totally scoffed at the idea. I'm not organized or creative enough to manage homeschooling kids. Plus...I didn't want my kids to be weird 😂 He was homeschooled all the way through and LOVED it. He and his siblings didn't turn out any weirder than the rest of us. But the way schools are going -- indoctrinating our kids with a revised history, inappropriate sex education, appalling sexual identity courses I knew there's no way. Not to mention studies show homeschooled kids actually do better in the workforce because they're used to conversing with adults and people older than them. I had to ask myself -- do I want my kids learning from their peers and teacher the majority of their growing years or would I rather have Joey and I be there ones speaking into their lives the most. I don't say this to guilt any parents who choose not to homeschool. I say this because this for the moms who feel "they aren't right for homeschooling". . Really, none of us are, we have good days and bad days. There are SO many different types of curriculum out there to find the one perfect for you. There's no "right way" to homeschool. Emmy and I bust through her schoolwork in an hour...I have a feeling the boys won't stay so focused when it's their turn. It's difficult. But it's 100% worth it.
I probably shouldn’t let him do this, but it was too cute not to take a picture of at least once. 🤣 Tomorrow will be 5 weeks since he joined our family and we’ve learned a ton! We’ve really had to band together as a team with all of the new responsibilities and it’s been wonderful to see the kids rise to the challenge. Now my daughter wants to be a dog trainer. I think it’s a great skill for her to learn! What do your kids want to be when they grow up?
ABC's of the Names of God cards from @tinytheologians have taken the place of our holiday banner and it looks so beautiful strung up! The house seems so bare after the holiday decorations are packed away and these have really brightened up our school space! We will focus on one name card each week as part of our morning basket time.
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We had so much fun on our field trip with our teen homeschool group! This was our 2nd visit to the Commemorative Air Force Museum, and the first tour we did. Our docent, Tom, is a retired 30 yr USAF fighter pilot, and he was very knowledgeable about the different planes and helicopters and the wars. This was the perfect finally to our week after studying highlights from WW1 including all the technological advances. We just looked at the evolution of aircrafts yesterday 🤗 I love when everything just comes together sometimes. #unsocializedhomeschoolers #homeschoollife #homeschoolmom #christianhomeschoolmom #christianmom #adventurefamily #learningisfun #simplyfindingthyme
We have all worked really hard this week. Moving towards our professional goals, keeping our bodies healthy, staying in touch with friends. So, we figured we deserved a treat... #indian #curry I am so proud of these 3. They have come so far this past two years and solidified their goals for real this year. Bring on the new century #2020 . . . #oolafamily #oolafield #oolafun #oolagoals #oolalife #homeschoollife
If you thought that on my work days at home I sit down at my desk, and my kids nicely play and do schoolwork with whoever is watching them, and that they never hunt me down, you’d be soooo wrong 🤪. . . This one hunts. Me. Down. 😂😂 . . Even though, at different times, I had a babysitter, husband, and visiting niece (thank you for your help @alyssa__catherine !!! 😘 ) helping with my kids today, I still had soooo many distractions. . . This one was leading her own parade. 😆😍 . . At one point, out of desperation, I pulled the student desk next to my desk so she could do “her work” by me. Did I get anything done while she was there? Yes. Yes, I did. I found stickers and colored things that start with the “b” sound. Yay, us! 🙌 😂. . . I have found that working at home with kids means: . . 1 ) I have to accept and expect interruptions. If I’m working at home, I’m asking for it. I CANNOT at any point get angry or frustrated with my kids for, well, acting like kids. 😉 . . 2 ) My older kids will randomly start building aircraft carriers and amazing towers instead of doing their math when nobody is looking. And, I’m not sure if that even upsets me. 🤷♀️😍 . . 3 ) I will end the day getting approximately 6% of the stuff completed that I set out to complete. 🙄 . . 4 ) And, a nearby coffee shop doubles as the perfect office when I can’t take the clink, clink, clink of her drumstick hitting the teacup along her parade route anymore. 🤪 . . And, finally, this is exactly how I want it. . . So, if you’ve ever wondered why I haven’t answered an email, or acknowledged a Facebook post yet, now you know. I may have been watching a 1-girl parade. 😉😂❤️❤️ . . But hey, next Friday, definitely no kiddos 👦 👦 👧🏼 👧🏼! Why? Because I’ll be wrapping up Homeschooling with Intention with our live coaching calls!! 🎉🙌🎉. I’ll chat with you then 😁 . . #minimalisthomeschooling #simpleisthenewsmart #zaraphd #intentionalhomeschooling #intentionalparenting #homeschoolandhustle #wahm #wahmlife #bossmomlife #momboss #mombosslife #homeschoolblogger #homeschoolmom #homeschoollife #homeschooldays #homeschoolfamily
I’ve always secretly wanted a goat. Baby goats frolicking across our 1/3 of an acre city yard sounds so pleasant. Kids milking goats morning and night and getting real life farm experiences here in our lovely HOA community... . . But sadly, our Christmas guinea pig just died after being in our lives for a short month, and it Ieft me wondering if I’m capable of properly caring for animals? Did you know a Guinea pig will die if left without food for 12 hours??? Alas, we went 13 hours. 😢 My kids found ‘Fluffy’ in his cage. (Fluffy is really a girl but the kids all deemed him a male from day one and we never got around to telling them the real truth. ) Me and James were off living it up at the hot springs 2 hours away, so our baby sitter had to deal with 5 emotional kids for a few hours. They gave Fluffy a proper burial in the frozen mountains outside our yard. And now for some reason James doesn’t trust me with animals anymore. So I may not get a goat for awhile yet. But someday. 🤞🏼🤞🏼 🐐 🤓 . . . . . . . . . #letthembekids #childhoodmagic #blessingindisguise #farmlifebestlife #storytellingmama #wildandfreekids #goatsofinstagram #petsofinsta #simplylife #imaginativeplay #treasuringlittlememories #takeamoment #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolers #homeschoolmom #charlottemason #homeschoollife #6kids #ourfamily #wearefamily #lovewhatmatters #bigfamilylife #largefamily #raisingthefuture #liveauthentically #siblinghoodlove #outnumbered #bigfamilylove .
I am so thankful for a night of spontaneous worship and hoverboard dancing after a full day of homeschool, chores, and lemonade stands❤️ My girls worked hard today and it paid off! They are learning what it takes to run a little side hustle and how to reinvest back into their business. They are taking pride in how far they have come while remaining humble and learning to work together as a team for greater success. Today, these boss babes pumped out $45 in sales! In lemonade and cookies! They perfected their recipe and realized they had to spend a little more to make it better but the pay off was well worth it. I am so proud of my girls and am blessed to be their momma!!! 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋 #lemonadestandmom #proudmom #alldaughters #Lovemygirls #homeschool #homeschoolmom #homeschoollife #entrepreneur #Notafraidtoworkhard #yleo #Workfromhomemom #youngliving
Love these people. Spending time out in nature with friends (and family ) is the best. And, yes, we are walking on a small frozen lake and it was fun (AND totally solid 😉 ).
so very proud of who is is becoming & I wish he weren’t about to be 🖐🏾😢! . as a parent I think it’s so easy to see “what they do” and not “who they are”? Right? but of our family he is so very thoughtful, considerate, generous and has such big feelings (I’m learning how to accept ). It’s not his grades, soccer goals (or the facts that he cries 50% of games ) or witty jokes. Praying he becomes a man who follows the greatest Man and seeks after His heart. #raisingaman #motherhood #jer29 @picsart
This morning, Zoe drew all over herself with permanent marker. At first I thought she had gotten into my makeup because of the lines she drew directly under her eyes -- it looked like eyeliner. And honestly, I would've been totally fine with that because my makeup is all super clean and safe! 🌿 But then, upon closer inspection, I realized that it was marker. All over her body. 🙈 Less excited about that. The skin is the largest organ of the body and it takes in toxins extremely quickly and carries them throughout the bloodstream. . Now, I'm not SO crunchy that I ban every single thing that has a toxic chemical in it. However I'm not thrilled about toxic things going on her skin and in her mouth. 😷 She may be a little young for markers if they don't stay on the paper. . So I decided to make some natural watercolor paints for her! Turmeric for yellow, beet root for pink, and matcha for green. The kids thought it was so cool and I didn't have to worry about the dangers of them sucking on the paint brush or painting on themselves. Win win! . I know, I've reached a whole new level of crunchy, but honestly I don't even care. 🙌 They have just as much fun and I can let them do what they please without having to worry about the yucky ingredients. . . . . . #healthy #healthyliving #healthymom #intentionalliving #intentionalparenting #intentionallife #intentionalhomeschooling #intentionalmotherhood #momgoals #motherhoodintheraw #momofthree #holisticwellness #holisticlife #naturalhealth #christiancreative #christianmom #activitiesforkids #kidsactivities #preschoolactivities #homeschool #homeschoolmom #homeschoollife #homeschooling #playbasedlearning #thisismotherhood #healthyhappylife #wellnessjourney #nourishyourself #joyfulmamas #motherhoodinspired
#idreamofhomesteadphotochallenge Day 17: Favorite Making some major changes concerning our screen time has caused some really positive shifts in our household—my “favorite, of course, is more quality family time. It just so happens that Monopoly is actually one of our “favorite” family board games, even though I always lose. 🤷🏼♀️ ———————— #homeschooling #homeschoolfamily #homeschoolmom #homeschoollife #homesteadlife
Lots of counting today! It may have taken quite a bit of time, but she was satisfied after filling the entire Montessori 100 board! Recognizing the ones columns along the top and matching the tens rows along the side was her strategy to figure it out. #abookandagameaday
That’s a wrap to Science Camp at Alliance Redwoods!! Luca and I banked lots of memories.. but the best part?! God was ALL OVER THIS PLACE!! 🙌🏼This turned out to be a very spiritual trip for us. Super cool that we were able to have deep conversations about heavenly father in such a beautiful place just the two of us! We can’t wait to go back next year! ❤️❤️❤️ #sciencecamp #allianceredwoods #nature #outdoors #godscreation #mothersontalks #route66 #homeschoollife #sutterpeak #sutterpeakcharteracademy
Current reads in our morning basket: tales, music, poetry, biography, and The Jungle Book is part of my Year One student’s Ambleside Online curriculum but we’re all enjoying it. It’s such a joy to provide a literature rich education for my kids! Slow and steady is a lesson I must preach to myself often - all these mornings of books (and crumbs and milk spills and arguments and interruptions! ) really add up. Our babies will meet many disappointments, struggles, and evil in this life but here, in their beginning and formative years, I want to fill them up with as much beauty and wonder and courage as I can! It’s just as good for me as it is them.
Needed some motivation starting off this year! Printed out the 1000 hours outside tracker to keep us in check. We haven’t been traveling as much as we usually do, so we’ve gotten a bit cozy(lazy ) : ) . It’s a great resource for accountability & the kids love marking off the hours. Now that we’re getting a break from all the rain & storms, have to start filling up that chart! Decided to pair it with our new Wilderness Readers Collection! I saw this set on a homeschool IG page & had buy it. The set features essays, travel writings, & philosophical works of Muir, Twain, & Thoreau. So great for all the nature lovers out there 🌱🌲 Will be a great addition to our homeschool. ________________________________________________________ #naturelover #1000hoursoutside #homeschoollife #getoutside #wilderness #write #health #book #booklovers #teach #nature #intothewild #learn #homeschool #read
I’ve been getting lots of questions about the laptop station that I shared last week, so I’m sharing in stories today a couple of links to the DIY portion of the makeover. I’ve teamed up with the Liberty University Online Academy blog @luonlineacademy to post all of the details for you guys. And there’s a video too! Head to my stories to find it. (I’m working on a source post next so stay tuned. ) In the meantime, this is what a clean homeschool room looks like - which almost never happens and must be documented. . . Hope your week is going well, friends! . . . . #makehomeyours #makehomematter #hyggehome #diyhomedecor #diyprojects #officemakeover #homeschoolroom #homeschoollife #modernfarmhouse #howihaven #decordailydose
I still haven’t finished the paint touch ups on this cabinet makeover but I am just overwhelmed by the feedback on our DIY laptop station. You all are so very kind and supportive and it really brightens this girl’s day. So thank you! From the bottom of my heart ♥️. I got so many questions that I will try to tackle in the coming days in my stories. And I’ve got a few more DIY’s in the works for this winter that I can’t wait to share with you. What about you? Are you planning any projects for this year? . . . . #lovewhereyoudwell #diyhomedecor #homeofficedecor #homeofficeideas #hyggehome #homeschoollife #homeschoolroom #realsimple #bestoftheday #petitejoys
This was 100% me. I spent high school up in a tree with my bffs JA and LMM. Surely Mr Knightly or Gilbert would come calling and find me both whimsical and charming.. . . . . 🖼: Ella Naper in the Apple Orchard at Trewoolfe by Dame Laura Knight 1916 #homeschoollife #homeschoolhumor #momlife #homeschoolmeme #homeschoolsnark #homeschool #wildandfreechildren #charlottemason #classicalconversations #mommemes #momsnark #classicalartmemes
"But what if they fall behind?" (- Me, three years ago. ) . "Behind who?" (- Me, now ) . . (Part 4 of our #9thingsin9years homeschool series ) . . I saw a post earlier this year from Betsy @homeschoolingwiththeclassics with a variation of the above quotation and it spoke to my heart in such a strong way. As someone who used to struggle greatly with this subject I hope that sharing some thoughts about the whole idea of falling behind will help some of you who may be asking yourself this very question. . . In our home we've had children start reading at 3 and at 9. I have children who excel at history, science and nature study but who may take longer to grasp a new math or phonics concept. No matter what their learning journey looks like all of them are extremely bright and well-rounded but even more importantly they are kind and compassionate human beings. And that, my friends, is my goal.🤗 . . I have come to see first hand that we should never measure our children's growth against other children their age or even against their siblings. Each child is created so uniquely with their own set of strengths and weaknesses, their own abilities to grasp concepts at different times. And that is all part of what makes them so unique and special, and what makes being home with them to witness their achievements such a privilege. . . So dear mamas, please do yourselves and your children a favour and let go of the concept of falling behind. Not only will it take a huge amount of pressure off of yourself but it will also take weight off of your child's shoulders that they should never have to bear.💛 . . Happy Tuesday, dear friends.💛 . . PS: For more on how and why we practice delayed schooling visit my hashtag #fortheloveofhomeschooling_betterlatethanearly 💛 . . #wildandfreechildren #preservingchildhood #protectedchildhood #protectorofchildhood #letthembelittle #homeschoolers #homeeducator #homeschooling #homeschool365 #homeschool #homeschoolersunite #homeschoolmamas #homeschoolteacher #homeschoollife #homeeducation #homeschooldays #homeschoolfamily #earlyyears #earlyyearseducation #learningathome #lifelearners #handsonlearning #montessori #childledlearning #365homeschool
THE SAD TRUTH IS....people are using my photos without my permission. PLEASE- DO NOT take my photos and use them as your own. In the past 6 months I have seen my photos used on other IG accounts without my consent OR my account being credited for the photo. These have been photos of MY children that others are using to gain followers or likes on their own page. This is wrong...on soo many levels. While I’m flattered that you may like my photos, please at least have the common courtesy to tag me in the post or ask for my permission before sharing. The truly unfortunate part is that I have no longer felt comfortable sharing photos that include any other children other then my own for fear that they may be used on other accounts. This makes me soo sad since we are with friends all week long and I love to document our journey together. As of today, I will have to start watermarking my photos which I truly hope will help with this problem in the future. While I understand this is what can happen on an open and public page, I hope that everyone can understand and respect why I feel like I have to protect myself, my kids and friends if I want to continue to post on IG. Thank you for listening and understanding-Andrea❤️
It’s Moon Week in Exploring Nature With Children! 💕🌙✨ The moon is our Earth’s only natural satellite. The temperature on the Moon varies immensely; during the ‘day time’ on the moon, temperatures can rise to around 127°C. Once the sun ‘sets’, temperatures fall to as low as -150°C ! ✨🌙💕 Thank you to @cassieconforti for sharing this smashing photograph! 💚🌙💚❄️💚🌈💚☔️💚✨💚🍄💚🌙💚 #enwcmoonweek #exploringnaturewithchildren
Probably the most snow these Oklahoma girlies are gonna see this winter. 😂❄️ But hey, it made for a fun craft on our homeschool day anyway! Do y’all get much snow where you’re from? . . . . #papersnowflakes #kidsdecor #craftday #kidscrafts #playroom #letthembelittle #snowflakes #mydaughters #homeschoollife #crafting #winterwonderland
🌎LAYERS OF THE EARTH🌍 In order to understand how and why there are VOLCANIC eruptions, I felt like it was important to also study the 4 main layers of the earth...the inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. I created this swiveling earth diagram that we can practice labeling as we learn about each layer. Once we have mastered labeling our layers, I will let the girls choose a spot in the classroom to display it and use it in future studies. #earth #earthstudy #layersoftheearth #volcano #volcanoeruption #volcanology #homeschool #homeschoolroom #homeschooling #homeschooled #homeschooler #homeschoolmom #homeschoolers #homeschoolmum #homeschoolblog #homeschoolcommunity #homeschooliscool #homeschoolfamily #homeschooldays #homeschoolcollective #homeschoollife #homeschoolingmama #homeschoolingfamily #homeschoolingrocks #homeschooldays #homeschoollifestyle #homeschoolcurriculum #homeschoolmoms #homeschoolkids
This stillness, after all of the bustling, feels so good. So I’m sitting down today and attempting to map out a year that gives us more of this kind of space. Turn your pains into plans, right? And maybe I’ll finally settle on a word for the year too. Last year’s word was “joy” and I experienced so much growth in this area that it makes me want to pick “joy” again - is that allowed? 😂. . . Do you choose a word for the year? . . . #makehomeyours #makehomematter #homeschoolroom #homeschoollife #homeschool #lovewhereyoudwell #darlingweekend #saturdayvibes #builtins #hyggehomeschool #hyggehome #sodomino