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Hello Again World!

Well, it appears I have taken a rather prolonged siesta from my blogging. Wow, five months since I’ve written anything here. A lot has happened in between. We have sold the house you see in the below post, and have decided to build the house I had mentioned in a previous post. So I have been rather waylaid to say the least.

I am still homeschooling, and my kiddos have now entered the 5th and 7th grades. It has been a little tougher to set my teeth into another year of homeschooling this year, but more on that later. What I find amazing is my reader levels haven’t dropped off. So in honor of all you folks who drop by now and then to see what this homeschooling stuff is all about, I will endeavor to keep new material on the ins and outs of our homeschool journey on this blog.

It’s been pouring buckets on our island here, so the weather has provided us with lots of time to really dig into our subjects. I’ll make sure I fill you in on what some of those subjects are in future posts. For now, I’ll leave you with a photo of what usually happens around these parts when the sky parts and brings forth its rain….a rainbow!

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Homeschool Perk #3

Homeschool Perk #3: Family Bonding

top tenI have been writing on a continuing theme over at Heart of the Matter Online for the last few months, with the emphasis being on the many perks of homeschooling. Head on over to Heart of the Matter to read all about it here. While your there, feel free to read through the previous homeschool perks, listed at the bottom of my article on their site. See you there!

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Interview Your Kids: All About Mom

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Madison  Age:9

Paris        Age:12

1. What is something mom always says to you?  

    • M: “Good Morning!”
    • P:  “Please get ready for school”

2. What makes mom happy? 

    • M: “Not complaining when it’s time for school.”
    • P:  “When we do our school work without being asked.”

3. What makes mom sad?  

    • M:  “All kinds of things.”
    • P:  ” Not enough money for fancy clothes.”

4. How does your mom make you laugh?  

    • M: “Her jokes.”
    • P:  “Calling us Alice and BettySue in her Southern voice.”

5. What was you mom like as a child? 

    • M: “I wasn’t in your times – I don’t know!”
    • P:  “Annoying, ’cause she was a little sister.” 

6. How old is your mom?

    • M: “40”
    • P:  “40”

7. How tall is your mom?  

    • M: “Can I measure you?”
    • P:  “5 point 7”

8. What is her favorite thing to do?  

    • M: “Teaching.”
    • P:  “Take photos.” 

9: What does your mom do when your not around? 

    • M: “Works on the computer.”
    • P:  “I’m not there to find out – mostly cleans the house I think.”

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

    • M: “The best teacher.”
    • P:  “Photography.”  

11. What is your mom really good at?  

    • M: “Teaching.”
    • P:  “Photography” 

12. What is your mom not very good at?  

    • M: “Swimming.”
    • P:  “Bulding things.”  

13. What does your mom do for a job?   

    • M: “Homeschools.”
    • P:  “Homeschool.”  

14. What is your mom’s favorite food?  

    • M: “Chicken – ’cause she makes it all the time.”
    • P:  “Sushi?”  

15. What makes you proud of your mom?

    • M: “She’s helpful.”
    • P:  “Being who she is.”  

16: If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? 

    • M: “Tweetie Bird.”
    • P:  “Pennelope Pussy-Cat.” (Pepe le Pew’s girlfriend) 

17. What do you and your mom do together? 

    • M: “Alot.”
    • P:  “Bible time.”  

18. How are you and your mom the same? 

    • M: “We’re both not game people.”
    • P”  “We’re both serious.”  

19. How are you and your mom different?  

    • M: “She’s taller than me.”
    • P:  “She has Facebook and I don’t.”  

20. How do you know your mom loves you?

    • M: “Cause of all the things she does for me.”
    • P:  “When I’m upset, she gives me a hug.”  

21. What does you mom like most about your dad?

    • M: “She loves his humour.”
    • P:  “His sense of humour.” 

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? 

    • M: “Out for dinner with her friends.”
    • P:  ” A clothing shop.”  

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How to Homeschool and Still Have a Life!

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Help! I’m drowning!

Every now and then I like to check in on my blog stats. Blog stats can be both amusing and helpful as they can provide very useful information. The stats can tell you which posts received the most traffic, how many visitors visited your site that day, and my personal favorite: what searches were used that directed someone to stumble upon your site. This morning the following search parameters caught my eye: How to homeschool and still have a life. This one caused me to both relate and laugh out loud!

Surely, most homeschool families can relate. Homeschooling can take on a life of its own. It can become ones lifestyle, can govern ones major decisions, and if one is not careful – it can define who you are. I enjoy homeschooling. I find it challenging yet richly rewarding – yet I do not feel I am defined by it. I’m the type of person that enjoys a challenge and doesn’t mind being stretched – on occasion. However; one does not usually desire being continually stretched; in fact, that can be downright unhealthy.

Unfortunately, some of us can enter a realm that causes us to be just so. We delve ourselves into our homeschooling lifestyle, we eat, breathe and sleep it – right? Isn’t that what a homeschool life entails? A continual life of learning – it takes on a life of it’s own, it is our home it is our school. The answer to this question I believe, is both yes, and no.

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Take time to reflect....

What I mean is, there needs to be a balance between living out a homeschooling lifestyle and maintaining a “life” of our own so to speak. Let’s look at relationships. Relationships are interpersonal, and need to be maintained. This extends beyond the relationships with our children. It extends to our spouse or life partner, it extends to our parents and siblings, and it extends to our close friends. I encourage you to look introspectively and ask yourself who your close friends are. I encourage you to look deeper and evaluate the relationship you have with your husband or wife. How are those relationships doing? Do they exist? Or are they co-existing? These are reflective questions indeed, but I believe they are worth thinking about and maintaining as part of our being able, as homeschooling parents, to “still have a life”.

You may be reading this post and noticing a connection between a healthy homeschooling lifestyle balanced with healthy thriving relationships. Why the emphasis on relationships? Well, I believe that we were not designed to do it all ourselves all of the time. The founding relationship being the one with our creator God, if that is your belief – followed by relationships with our spouses, children, family and friends. It is the strength that we will draw from these relationships that will carry us through the difficult times. The times when we are feeling stretched. The times when we feel we simply do not have a life of our own that exists beyond homeschooling.
busy1I also believe that making time for ourselves is highly relevant to be able to homeschool and still have a life of our own. Some of you may not know what that looks like – this taking care of ourselves. It might even appear selfish. But my experience has told me that it is not only highly relevant, but also a necessary and a very healthy part of “still having a life”. Are we so busy with homeschooling, and meeting learning outcomes, and trying to finish that curriculum, and squeezing in every field trip and extra curricular activity that we cannot take time for ourselves? If so, what kind of example our we displaying to our children? Are we not modeling a life of busyness? 

 
Some of you may be nodding your heads, or are already familiar with the healthy balance needed to be able to homeschool and not completely lose ourselves. However, if any of this is speaking to you personally, I’d encourage you to take stock and evaluate. Which of these elements is blatantly missing in your life? Do not try to employ them all at once, that will only leave you frustrated. Try employing one. Perhaps give that gal you’ve been admiring from a  distance an invite for coffee, or a playdate  with the kids. Go ahead and buy that book you’ve been eyeballing for yourself. Dust off that camera that has been sitting idle for far too long, and take an afternoon to yourself.

Whatever “having a life” looks like to you – go ahead: embrace it, welcome it, explore it, re-discover it. Don’t shut it out.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Best Friends

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Gratefulness – Where Does Yours Lie?

treeOver at Heart of the Matter, their weekly Friday meme is What Are You Thankful For? Being  a Canadian resident, our Thanksgiving has come and gone, but never the less, thankfulness is not something reserved only for national holidays. Last year, I had written a post entitled What Are You Thankful For?, and shortly thereafter, I had written a post entitled Thankful For the Simple Things, as I was once again stirred into a state of gratitude during our unit study of a Pioneer Christmas. It is these simple things that we often take for granted; albeit unintentionally.

This year is my sixth year of homeschooling, and I have to say that deciding to take on this lifestyle has been one of the most difficult and draining, yet incredibly fulfilling and enriching experiences of my life. I would have to say that the the freedom to homeschool in this country and province is at the top of my list of things to be thankful for. Homeschooling is a lifestyle that requires inexhaustable amounts of patience, an endless resource of time, expendable amounts of creativity, and a tireless ability to remain flexible as the children develop not only in the area of academics but also in the area of humanities. We are a family. We learn to read, write, and do arithmetic, but we also learn to love, accept and forgive.

The other predominant subject of my gratefulness has been the incredibly enriching, honest, and close friendships I have developed with a few very special women in my life. These friendships have come at a time when I am being stretched in my personal and spiritual life. These honest, beautiful women have displayed human emotion, empathy, and endurance. They have mirrored patience and perserverance. They have shared their love and laughter. For these things I am very grateful indeed.

So, what are YOU grateful for?

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Homeschooling Perk #9

I have started a monthly theme over at Heart of the Matter, in the form of my Top 10 Homeschooling Perks. Here is a snippet from my latest post:

top-tenAs I write this, it is just the beginning of the month of November. Halloween has come and gone, and here on Vancouver Island, the rains are now beginning to make their appearance. The foliage is at it’s peak, and is now starting to fall away and blow pretty much everywhere. This is the time of the year when homeschooling gets cozy – a little more time indoors, and extra time spent on the sofa together as we enter the worlds of Narnia, or Neverland through the pages of well written literature. Which brings me to the topic of this post.

This month brings me to: Homeschooling Perk#9…….

Read More of my article at Heart of the Matter Online, which by the way has a great New Look! Look for my article under Methods.

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