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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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thirty one days/ day 5 ~ the kitchen table

Posted by in 31 days of sowing and harvest, family, menu planning, series

without thinking about it much, i wipe down, clean, set up and clear off the kitchen table several times a day. our family meal table (aka, the kitchen table) gets quite the workout on a daily basis.  i’d even go so far as to say that it is used more than anything else in our home (and with three young boys, our washing machine, dishwasher, and bathrooms get quite an amount of use, if you know what i mean!). recently, we got a new kitchen table. it’s larger, and has…read more

school recap, week 10: the bulleted edition

Posted by in homeschooling, menu planning

i hope to recap each or at least every other week of school this year so i have a better record of things we’ve done. pictures at the end of the post!  want to read more weekly wrap-ups of other homeschooling families?  check out Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers every Friday! piano lessons are in full force with the older two boys. rowan is taking to it in a natural and methodical way (reading the music, knowing the note names, site-reading very well). sawyer enjoys it just as much, but insists on his…read more

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school week 8, recap

Posted by in homeschooling, menu planning

i hope to recap each or at least every other week of school this year so i have a better record of things we’ve done. pictures at the end of the post!  want to read more weekly wrap-ups of other homeschooling families?  check out See Jamie Blog today! two full months under our belts already!  we’ve even “done school” on a few weekend days, so we’re way ahead of schedule already! this year is definitely flying. as i sit to type up the weeks events i can’t help but be…read more

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school week 7, recap

Posted by in homekeeping, homeschooling, menu planning

the leaves are so beautiful right now – we are definitely in peak season in western pennsylvania! the animals appreciate the cooler temperatures – what with all that wool on their backs and flies in their face all summer! we took advantage of the sun yesterday and planted wheat!  the students who went on the field trip on tuesday were able to take home the wheat berries that we threshed from harvested stalks and after we were done with math, spelling, and history, we planted ours! i almost forgot about…read more

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school week 6, recap

Posted by in homekeeping, homeschooling, menu planning, Uncategorized

i know this blog has turned into a homeschooling blog. it morphed into it naturally because it’s pretty much what i think and breathe on a daily basis. if it’s not our family lessons i’m planning, i’m thinking about our homeschooling group’s field trips and co-op classes. our homeschool group started a teaching cooperative this week that will meet every other week until mid December. this is the first time we’re doing something like this outside of just field trips. tuesday morning was our first gathering and i was exhausted…read more

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what we learned the week mama was sick

Posted by in family, homeschooling, menu planning

(i was away for the weekend, so didn’t get around to posting last week’s recap until today!) i went to bed last monday night with a sore throat, and woke tuesday morning with a sore throat and fever. after seeing kenny off for work, i crawled back in bed and waited for an hour and a half to when the kids would wake up. i took a deep breath and mentally prepared myself for the energy I’d need to get the kids started on the day. mornings are usually a…read more

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school week 3 & 4, recap(s)

Posted by in homeschooling, menu planning

i hope to recap each or at least every other week of school this year so i have a better record of things we’ve done. pictures at the end of the post!  want to read more weekly wrap-ups of other homeschooling families?  check out Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers every Friday! Two weeks in one re-cap post! I’ll post this today (Wednesday), and will link it at the above Mr. Linky post on Friday. We had a busier than normal week last week, but I’m pleased to say we stayed on track and…read more

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school week 1, recap

Posted by in family, family fun, food, homeschooling, menu planning

i hope to recap each or at least every other week of school this year so i have a better record of things we’ve done. pictures at the end of the post! i can honestly say this was the easiest first week of schooling that i’ve ever done!  i know it’s only my third year, but wow! i hope they’re all this fun and easy. i think a few factors helped our success: the alarm clock. this amazing invention was so interesting to all the boys for the first few…read more

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menu plan FTW (that stands for “For The Week”)

Posted by in menu planning, Uncategorized

it was only this past year that i saw the President of the United States referred to as “POTUS” and his lovely wife, the “FLOTUS.”  you laugh, i’m sure, at my late-coming to this knowledge. am i the only one that thinks POTUS and FLOTUS sounds like a cartoon couple? and not a cool action hero cartoon, but more like “rocky and bullwinkle.” i’m not sure what they think of their acronym titles, but it can’t be good. if i were to give myself an acronym title it would be…read more

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