Friday, February 27, 2015

Our Homeschool Day at the Capitol ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! How's life?


Our life has been pretty normal around here. Routine. Getting things done in preparation for two weeks of Spring Break.

Truly, the only day worth mentioning was Wednesday.

Homeschool Day at the State Capitol!

We've never been, and it was so wonderful, I wish we hadn't missed all those other years. Of course, the state house was gorgeous, and we heard a couple of historic reenactors as well as a local speaker. We also met our State Representative. He was very friendly and said he supported homeschooling one hundred percent.

The 1888 architecture was incredible ~



Admiring the general splendor ~



Large families unite! J  We met Cheryl Long of Treasures from a Shoebox and eight of her ten children. It's always fun to meet in person someone you've known online.

 


"Mom, what's that?" Sigh ~



Eight marble figures grace the third floor of the rotunda, but of course, I had to include the one for Law. J



Our pep rally talk was given by Peter Heck, a government school teacher who's also a dynamic speaker in favor of homeschooling ~

{I spy a Lilla Rose clip! We saw quite a few there. J}


The Senate was not in session, so we were allowed into the chamber ~



Future senators? ~



The chapel ~



Time to head home. Little boys are tired and we've seen everything we have energy for ~



Our state homeschool convention is next month, and we're all jazzed about that. Great speakers, great courses, great exhibits!


Have a wonderful weekend!









Do you attend a homeschool day at your state capitol? Are you going to a convention this year?




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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Six Essentials for a {Better} Homeschool Day

It started with a simple picture of tiny dinosaurs lined up on the table as my 9yo was working on school.


I shared it to Facebook, and my friend Sarah Coller from Hope in Every Season commented that the dinosaurs were essential to a homeschool day.

Her simple comment started my wheels a-turning. What other things in our day felt essential in order to label it as good?

We don’t have them everyday. Just when a mood-lifter, a little pick-me-up, is needed. Or maybe when someone is feeling a little quirky, funny, or just plain weird. {You know we homeschoolers excel at weirdness. J}

Fun things. Cute things. Little niceties that make our circumstances more appealing. They are not required by the world of academia, but they're like the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.

1. Animals and friends that accompany us on our journey through learning. 




2. Treats. Need to keep that blood sugar up. J 




3. Laughter. What makes you laugh can be as individual as you are. Maybe it’s the baby blowing raspberries. Maybe it’s the antics of the toddler. Maybe it’s a story the 9yo is reading aloud. Maybe it’s the 11yo mispronouncing a word he’s never heard pronounced before…as long as he’s laughing, too.

4. Pretty pencils, pens, and notebooks. When I was in public grade school, my mother let me send away for the school supply kits with the form provided by the maker of Meow Mix. Do you remember those? A little plastic case, a couple of pencils, an eraser, perhaps a sticker, all for a few proof-of-purchases of their cat food. How fun it was to receive that in the mail! It was even more fun to take it to school and admire my Meow Mix pencil in between writing answers on a paper.


5. Ambiance. For us, this means a candle on the table and another on the breakfast bar. Calm. A focus for brainstorming and moments of concentration.



6. Costumes. Learning addition is so much more fun when the 9yo can pretend she's a princess. Phonics is just plain easier when the 6yo is a turtle.




Just one more…a bonus essential for Mom. J






What niceties do you like throughout the day?




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