The winters are long in New Hampshire. I love spending time writing beside the wood stove - either on my computer or with pen and paper. Though our home is rarely quiet, my break from social media has created some much-needed mental peace that, for me, encourages creativity. I had missed it. Having everyone home … Continue reading Keeping warm and some more Etsy items
Somehow, I blinked and it's November. Which means that I'll blink again and it'll be Christmas. Which means that I need to get cracking on some of my handmade Christmas gifts that I'm planning for teachers and loved ones.
I just wanted to share this sweet book that we got from the library yesterday. It is written and illustrated by someone who was homeschooled and talks about the fact that when we home school, we are always learning and the world is our classroom. The illustrations are so sweet and a little chaotic, which … Continue reading This is my Home, This is my School
So, chaos. Folks, it is just everywhere around me these days and I am working hard to embrace it. We had an amazing summer. Truly, the best one we've ever had as a family, I think. Some combination of our new home, the garden, the chickens (we love having chickens!), the lake nearby, and the … Continue reading Want to do a Bible study?
The best way to start a new endeavor is probably NOT just to write a few posts and then let it sit for a few months and not touch it. But that is what happened over here, as we were busy finishing up our school year, and exploring our new yard in the spring, while I've … Continue reading Catching up
You guys, the chaos. It's getting the better of me today. The baby is teething. The toddler is potty training. The older boys are resisting school and anything resembling work with every fiber of their beings, and it's pouring rain so I can't just send them outside to play. And I am feeling my grip slipping. It … Continue reading Leaning in
This is our first full year homeschooling. I used to be a middle and high school science and French teacher, and the first time I gave homeschool a try, I attempted to set up our home like a classroom and do what I knew how to do. But my little learners to not do well in … Continue reading School Supplies
In addition to our everyday chaos, we recently decided to raise chickens for fresh eggs. We just moved to a new house with a couple of acres in October, and I have visions of turning it into a small farm. I'm a wanna-be homesteader.
As part of our "Adult Skills" lessons for homeschool, we have baked a few things together, including loaves of basic bread adapted from this recipe. I intend to teach them to master some baking recipes, as well as cooking a few basic meals, laundry, cleaning, knitting, ironing, sewing, and balancing a checkbook - all as part … Continue reading Bread baking