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4 YR Homeschooling 1st Quarter

After spending a year easing into homeschooling with my son I realized some things that worked great, some things that didn’t work and some things that need tweaked.

I spoke about my ziplock bag method in my blog post “Easing into Homeschooling.” This worked really great! I had my chart printed in the front of the bag and all the materials that were needed stuffed into the bag. That way each time we sat down I could just pull it out and pick a few things for that day. I loved that I didn’t have to plan day by day but could just pull from the bag knowing we were working towards a goal. What I realized I didn’t like was the month by month plan. It was hard for me to sit down and plan just a month and then I had all of these extra materials that we never got to. I decided to start planning by quarter and as we’re about to finish up the first quarter, I’m really enjoying it a lot more. We’ve been able to keep up our routine, add some materials and the only new thing we have to pull out each month are the read aloud books for our theme (since it changes monthly).

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De-Cluttering with Kids

When people decide to move towards the minimalist lifestyle or even just de-clutter they usually feel pretty motivated and in the end pretty happy with the results. Many people with children really struggle with getting rid of the clutter when it comes to their kids.

He rarely plays with stuffed animals. He chooses to keep Raphael (he built him) and get rid of Flubber (a hand-me down from Mommy)

He rarely plays with stuffed animals. He chooses to keep Raphael (he built him) and get rid of Flubber (a hand-me down from Mommy)

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

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Why there was no epic baby announcement…

Kristy: Many of you know my personality…when it comes to exciting times in life I’m all about making a big deal about it! I thrive on holiday crafts, with my son and his friends, I live for the time of year when I can start planning my son’s birthday party. I’ve even been known to get fun and creative with gifts; My husband and I have been married for years and one year for Valentine’s I knew he wanted a particular knife but who gets a knife for their husband on Valentine’s Day? Me. Yep, I do. But only when you can add a cute tag and ribbon that says “Valentine- I think you’re sharp!” I’m all about the “cuteness.”

Derek: Cuteness… corniness… what’s the difference?

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Dr. Seuss

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Building a Tiny House – Walls and Sheathing

It’s been months since we bought our trailer. Shortly after getting it home I worked on securing the floor joists and subfloor. We then covered it, hoping to keep the weather off of it, and unfortunately it sat for months. We had 8 or 9 consecutive weekends where we were gone, which made it impossible to do any meaningful work.

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Pre-K Objectives and Outline

After spending a year on “easing into homeschooling” with my 3 year old, the big guy has turned 4! That means we have approximately 1 year to try to really delve into homeschooling to feel “prepared” before beginning kindergarten! After a year of working with my son and creating a homeschool brainstorm outline of subject areas/goals  with my husband I came up with a document that tentatively outlines what our year will look like. Below is the document:

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Easing into Homeschooling

When my son turned 3 I decided it would be good to start incorporating some homeschooling into his schedule. He attended a short 2 day a week preschool but knowing we wanted to homeschool, I was hoping to have 2 years to test the waters and work out some kinks before beginning kindergarten.

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It’s not about the house, folks.

At the moment we decided we were going to join the tiny house movement and see where the adventure would take us we became very anxious and excited and at that very same moment we had many people asking us many questions.

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The Only Thing Necessary

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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