We want to be lifelong learners and to inspire a similar passion for learning in our children. We believe that we learn best by experiencing the world, following our passions, and like a certain little monkey, being “always very curious”. We love words and numbers and imagination and asking questions. In our family, learning looks like practicing phonics or math facts in a workbook, playing educational apps on a tablet, reading books chosen from the library, going for a walk in the woods, and dinner time conversations that start with, “Mamma, can we talk about…” These posts are about what we’re learning and how we’re learning it.
I started out homeschooling determined to do it for free, or as close to it as I could depending on how you count supplies like paper, crayons, scissors, etc. There are so many resources available for free online and whatever I couldn’t find I could just create. It would be like college! Spending hours creating fun, creative lesson plans on a dime… I loved that! I was excited and ready to run with that plan. Continue Reading →by Christine
“Is this your first rally?” someone asked us. We nodded. “I thought so. You have that lost, wide-eyed, deer in the headlights kind of look about you. Don’t worry. You’re going to be fine. This is going to be great!” It’s taken me a few weeks to be able to write about our experiences at our first FtF (Full-time Families) Rally in Tallahassee in February. Those weeks have been full of their own experiences, but Continue Reading →by Christine
One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the flexibility to learn from what is happening around us and I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to do that. So when we heard there was going to be a solar eclipse visible from where we live, we dropped everything and shifted our focus to the science of eclipses. The eclipse coincided with the vernal equinox on Friday, March 20. It was perfect that it fell Continue Reading →by Christine
No Dr. Seuss week would be complete without spending a little time with Fox in Socks. We pulled out the tattered, well-loved copy that Emelie got for her first birthday and read it together. This one is a little harder for her to read by herself, because there are so many made up words and tongue twisters. But it’s always fun to listen to, especially when Mamma’s tongue gets tangled. That whole part with Bim Continue Reading →by Christine
As I mentioned in my previous post, The Cat in the Hat is a current favorite around here. So I knew that I wanted to spend most of our time during Dr. Seuss week with the cat and his friends. A quick search on Pinterest revealed that there are a lot of talented and creative people out there who are also inspired by The Cat in the Hat. I found enough activities to last us Continue Reading →by Christine
Spring break meant a chance for us to be home together even more than usual, so I wanted to plan a fun theme for the week. The Cat in the Hat has been a favorite around here lately, so I went for a Dr. Seuss week. The fact that the week also coincided with Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) meant that there were tons of ideas floating around Pinterest to borrow and find inspiration. I couldn’t Continue Reading →by Christine
We live right around 65° N latitude in the north of Sweden. If there’s one thing we know we can count on it’s snow in the winter. But even if you live a bit further south, a good winter storm can be a great excuse to take a break from routines and try some snow-centered learning at home. Kids have a natural wonder and curiosity about this fluffy white stuff, even our kids who have Continue Reading →by Christine