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10 days down, 170 to go!

Posted by in celiac, classical conversations, family, food, homeschooling, menu planning

we have just finished up the first two weeks of school here. it’s been absolutely the best first two weeks of school, ever. perhaps it’s because i was focused a lot on the all-day 8th/9th grade class that i’m tutoring and got those first two classes down before sending my own kids to the same all-day co-op (but for their levels) this coming week. perhaps it’s because we started every school day at the kitchen table together, and then broke out into individual subjects? i think starting at the table…read more

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Smithically Schooling: Year 6

Posted by in classical conversations, homeschooling, organize

This is the year when homeschooling starts to get more difficult. But I also know that things are about to get even better. No longer are we all in the lower-elementary years of lots of crafts, cutting, coloring, and pasting, filling in the blanks, and learning to read. Math will be getting trickier (but I’m totally ready for it!), writing assignments and research will be part of our curriculum, and school will definitely not be done by lunchtime on most days. I do have a 1st/2nd, 3rd-grader, and 4th grader,…read more

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this has been a pseudo-summer

Posted by in classical conversations, homeschooling, seasons

autumn is slowly closing in on us. this summer has been cool and wet. it’s as though spring has overstayed its welcome and summer decided to take a year off.  if you’ve been reading smithical for a while, you know how much i love summer. i love the heat, the humidity, the natural vitamin D, the long days. at least the sun is keep up its end of the bargain this season! the heat, however, is nowhere to be found. i’m working on being okay with this. autumn was my…read more

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Classical Conversations Co-op End-of-the-Year Banquet

Posted by in classical conversations, homeschooling

This week, our family attended our co-op’s end of the year closing ceremonies where the students got to show off everything they learned, and we shared a big potluck meal in the church gym with our entire families. It was pure meyhem but a lot of fun! Our last co-op class was a month ago, so it’s been about 4 weeks since I’ve seen the students I had in my class and I have to admit that I’ve missed them!  It was great to see all those little faces again…read more

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learning classically – the Grammar Stage

Posted by in classical conversations, family, homeschooling

one of the best parts of homeschooling that homeschoolers always refer to is the personal tailoring you get to attach to your child’s education. just in my three boys alone, i have a contemplative learner, a tactile learner, and a busy learner. they seem to change their basic style of learning quite frequently, and it’s good that i can observe, and be on the ready to change up how they’re learning math, for instance, one day to the next. overall, they all learn differently from each other, and i love…read more

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there is always a bright side

Posted by in classical conversations, homeschooling

after last week’s math meltdown in our home, we’ve had a week of nothing but pure joy, and absolute mayhem. and it INCLUDED more math. one evening last week, after sitting down to dinner at 7:30, i sighed heavily with a smile on my face and said, “i love our crazy, full life together!” and i really, really meant it. i love that from the time the boys roll out of bed in the morning, we are together. we are together for math, for spelling, for soccer, for swimming, for…read more

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week in review

Posted by in classical conversations, homeschooling

“why do you always talk about what your kids are learning each week?” when you are 100% responsible for your child’s education, and when you are an overly organized, crazy about documenting ANYTHING mother like me in the first place, you tend to make note of what you’ve learned. homeschooling blogs are all over the internet and we like to see how we teach our kids, get ideas from each other, and see how other homes incorporate different or similar curriculum. and the PA homeschool law is probably the strictest…read more

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our week in review: groundhogs, but no sno-nomi!

Posted by in classical conversations, homeschooling

on monday morning this week, i woke up to make cinnamon rolls for the boys as we had to be out of the house (that’s me and three boys) by 8:00 at the very latest. normally, the boys are getting out of bed between 7:45 and 8:00, so this was a giant feat. and i needed to shower. when the rolls were in the oven, i ran through the shower, then woke the boys up at 7:00. by the time they were awake, the rolls were ready to be frosted….read more

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