home learning

Home education projects

I’ve been doing lots of reading about natural learning and unschooling to understand more how children learn. We are eclectic homeschoolers so we do a little of everything some Waldorf, some sit down learning. Sometimes I use curriculums for guidance but largely we are life learners.

I’ve started writing down all the areas we’ve covered over a week and this enables me to really see how much we accomplish which I find great for those moments of doubt that we ‘aren’t doing enough’ (which every home educator has!)

I’ve found in some areas our children are way ahead of where they would be in school and others not so much but I remind myself that children in schools are also at many different levels but forced to learn as their peers so learning at home enables us to let them learn when they are ready.

Recently the children and I built a climbing frame out of materials we found around the property, some nails and a hammer.

We are planning to start some seeds in the spring to climb up the frame so it can double as a little shaded cubby.

Slowly we’ve all been landscaping the children’s area off the deck and it’s really become a wonderful family project that isn’t costing us anything!

Home education has been a wonderful extension of our natural and attachment parenting values.

We do it alone without family support due to living in separate states and At times it’s been a huge challenge we’ve felt stressed and exhausted from never having a break from our kids but we have pushed through and grown as parents and people.

We are lucky to have a wonderful diverse community of fellow home educators and we live in a state and area where it’s widely accepted so this has been a huge blessing for us.

At the end of the day we feel blessed to be able to spend this valuable tome with our young children and it truly is a core part of our homesteading lifestyle choice.

home learning, News

Sitting backĀ 

This week I’ve been sitting back and watching the children learn. It’s hard to sit back and trust they are learning but I’m so glad I did as I’ve noticed things I might not have had I not been paying attention. 

Little Liss HGF has been sounding letters and can connect three letter words now. This is something she’d struggled with and was often frustrated by so I hadn’t pushed it but she’s been asking to practice and it was great to see it click for her.  

There’s been lots of different learning this week which I’ll share below for our records. I don’t take photos of everything but I’m trying to have a good record for inspection time when we register. 

Her playdough and modelling work has really started to take form. We’ve been using lots of different types of modelling materials, poluclay, red clay, playdough, and a corn flour/conditioner experiment 

Collecting rose hips for a natural dye experiment on handspun yarn

She has a natural interest in sewing so has been practicing by sewing rose petals for fairy blankets eventually she wants to make clothes for her dolls. 

We’ve also been getting out in the garden whenever the weather is good and choosing produce for dinner.