September: Of Bugs, Books, and Schooling

It is September. On the brink of autumn and crisp days spent outdoors. My favorite season. With the changing season comes a lot of beginnings. Beginning activities and Bible study group. Beginning new routines with a newborn in the family. Beginning a year of Pre-K at home for Plum, my oldest.

With all the changes, I have had to continually remind myself to be flexible and realistic. With a new baby whose needs are not on a clock, tasks that need to be done are often interrupted or fit in when there is a free moment. This season is short. Before I know it, he will be crawling, then walking, then talking. He’s already eight weeks old! I am enjoying the baby-wearing, baby-cuddling baby-nursing stage that we’re in. 

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The Lovely Truth of You

I have this temptation to compare myself to other moms. I know I’m not alone in this. My weakness in comparing usually doesn’t lie in desiring the material items or physical attributes of others. My weakness is seeing these women’s strengths and feeling like those qualities need to also be my strengths. I find myself lacking in comparison. Instead of appreciating the mom who bakes her own bread or has a cleaning schedule or is teaching her preschooler another language, I turn their strengths into…Continue Reading “The Lovely Truth of You”

Treasure Hunts and Flower Dissection

We trudged through swamps and had crocodiles snap at our heels. We squealed as we ran through a tiger-infested jungle. We shivered through a snowstorm, tiptoed through a cave, and discovered treasure on a pirate ship.

“We’re going on a treasure hunt! We’re going to find a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared!” We adapted the chant from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen to fit our treasure hunting scenario. Of course, as soon as we encountered pirates, we ran back through the house and hid under a blanket with our “loot”.  Little Bear napped; Plum and I adventured. 

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This Summer, The World

In June, the book Give Your Child the World by Jamie Martin, was released. It is a fantastic resource for finding books for children about cultures and different areas of the world. It is essentially a field guide to travel the world through reading! I appreciate that the suggested books are divided by world region and age-level, with a brief summary of content. Hand in hand with the book release, there has also been an online Summer Reading Challenge by Jamie Martin (at Simplehomeschool.net) and…Continue Reading “This Summer, The World”

A Story To Tell

“Tell me the astronaut story,” she says. The air is crisp and whips our hair in our faces. Plum hops onto her swing as I buckle Little Bear into the baby swing. I look up and her face is beaming. Her shoulders and arms shiver in excitement. I was hoping for a few minutes of quiet while I pushed them in their swings. But I should have known better. Plum’s giddiness is infectious and irresistable. So I begin.

“Once upon a time there was a little girl named Plum. And she grew up to be an astronaut…”

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