Homeschooling Progress Report ~ Why I Homeschool

Yesterday, the kids and I went bowling with our homeschooling group and I asked one of the mothers what math curriculum she uses as I’m trying to decide what to use for Ben next year. We chatted for a while and then she asked me why I homeschool. I hedged a bit, as sometimes I feel awkward that we are not religious homeschoolers. The answers didn’t fall easily off my tongue {even though I am very opinionated about the topic!}. What I said went something like this:

I have a philosophical objection to the current state of public education. I think school starts at too young an age, it seems to me that more and more kids are medicated at earlier ages {and I don’t like that}, I don’t like the food served in school, and I don’t like the emphasis on peer pressure. And there I stopped.

All of that is true for me. But it’s much more complicated than that. I also don’t like the cookie cutter approach to education. I don’t believe one size fits all. I HATE the emphasis on teaching to the test. I don’t like that reading is pushed earlier and earlier and kindergarten is now

Homeschooling Lessons in Thank-You Cards

I don’t know about your kids, but my kiddos made out like bandits at Christmas last week. Between our immediate family, two sets of very generous grandparents, great grandparents, and loving aunts and uncles, they brought home a HUGE loot. The amount of stuff is really overwhelming to me. I strive each year to make it meaningful to them, but I feel sometimes like I fail in that department. Rip, rip, rip, box after box with no real thought other than accumulating stuff.

It’s important to me to try to teach my children gratitude so we spent the morning today making Thank You cards.

Thank You cards

Since my kids are on the young-ish side (8, 7, 5, 2) I try to make writing Thank You cards fun. But I also want them to take something away from the process. They are lucky kids and it’s important to me to try to teach them that. I want them to grow up to be kind and considerate, thankful and thoughtful. I’m not sure if they can take all of that away from simply writing Thank You cards, but it sure can’t hurt, can it?

To make our cards today, we got out construction paper, glitter, newspapers, scissors, glue, and crayons. We talked about being thankful and grateful – about putting effort and hard work into the cards instead of just slopping through them.

Welcome Back Light ~ Waldorf Solstice Spiral

Happy Winter Solstice! I am so excited this day has finally arrived. While the Solstice officially marks the first day of Winter, it really means to me that the days will start getting longer again. I am ready for it to be light past 5:00 pm each day! I look forward to planning my next gardens and I’m dreaming of warm weather. You see, we had our first blizzard yesterday. While I love the winter wonderland that is our outside, I welcome the light. The darkness just is so dreary. I do want winter this year, I do. Last year we really didn’t have a winter. I’m convinced the extreme cold will be beneficial to my garden. But I’m really glad that the days will begin to get longer again tomorrow.

To celebrate the Solstice, we had a Waldorf homeschooling day with a great friend last week. I’m so glad she hosts this event every year.