Monthly Archives: August 2016

2nd Grade & Preschool

All week, I’ve seen pictures posted by friends and family of their kiddos heading back to school. And all week long, as I’ve run into friends and family, they inevitably ask if we’re starting school as well. I think they’re looking for a yes or no answer, but I don’t have a simple answer.

D will be attending Northwood Preschool Center 4 mornings a week this school year, starting next Thursday. (You all can expect my adorable first day of school photos then!) The plan is for C and I to really start hammering out her school work when he’s in school, but one of the things I learned last year, is that flexibility is key for our homeschooling, so we may or may not really start up next week. Usually, flexibility is one of the things I love about homeschooling – although the planner in me does have issues every now and then 🙂

We have some things we’ve been working through all summer, so it’s hard to quantify the start date for our new year. When it comes to covering the curriculum I’ve chosen for C’s second grade year, we’ve started a couple things, but not all of it. And we don’t do every subject every day yet.

But we do still learn every day. One of our hopes for homeschooling our kids is that we can teach them about the world, by living in the world. We read books, the kids listen to audiobooks and build with Legos, Magna-tiles and PlayStix, C reads off recipes for me, they help me at the grocery store, we take walks, they help me with chores and the kids spend countless hours playing pretend.

I might fumble through my answer if you ask me if we’ve started school yet, but I can say that my kiddos are learning every day.

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Summer Lovin’

Dear loyal blog readers, of which I know there are many of you – well, at least 2… 😉 – you might remember my dislike for winter. I may have even mentioned it once, twice, possibly three or four times on here before. As much as I hate winter, I am coming to love summer just as much.

My favorite part of summer, this summer specifically, surprises even me. I love going to the pool.

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My view.

I don’t remember being a huge fan of the pool as a kid, so taking my own kids wasn’t always my first choice. Additionally, the first couple years we took the kids it seemed like more of a chore than anything. But this year. Oh, this year. The kids can swim! They’re not afraid to get their heads wet, and C has come so far, she can even go off on her own with friends for a bit to enjoy the slides, lazy river or “deep” pool. It’s 4 whole feet deep 😉

Speaking of friends – we often get to see them! Occasionally, we make plans to meet someone there, but more often it’s just a lucky coincidence! My already happy kids are ecstatic when they find friends, and along with friends, come friends’ moms, which means I get adult interaction. Score! It might sound corny, but the pool has created a sense of community for us this summer. For someone who never imagined herself being a stay-at-home mom, let alone one who homeschools and therefore rarely gets time away from the kids, this is very important!

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Watching the ISU Football team dive with a friend.

As summer draws to a close (at least as far as the pool is concerned) I’m already trying to come up with ways we can recreate this community once the dreary Iowa winter sets in. I’m not sure how this will be done, but I know that it’s important. And I’m also pretty sure it will involve hot chocolate.

And in case you’re missing the Olympics already, here’s my kids’ version of a swimming relay.

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