Are We Still Unschooling?

Are We Still Unschooling?

This past homeschool year has been fraught with ups and downs for our family. We have had other homeschoolers join us daily for adventures, we have taken college courses, we have had fun with experiments, we have read some wonderful books, we have struggled with asychronisity, we have dealt with sickness and loss of family and friends, we moved from our community to a farm, and we have adjusted. Through it all we've made compromises and come closer as a family. Even our homeschool has shifted. Is it still unschooling? 

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Get Outside & Learn

Get Outside & Learn

What do you do when your children are full of energy and bouncing off the walls? If your children are anything like mine, then they are filled with a boundless energy and that can be hard to contain indoors. We like to make our way outside where there are no walls and you know what? It's inevitable that we'll learn a few things in the process.

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Harvesting Honey

Harvesting Honey

This week on the farm, we harvested honey from our honey bee hives! That's right, the delicious liquid gold flowed into quart after quart jar leaving us all with a slight sugar rush and feeling like a heat stroke was immanent. Why? Let's just say you can't press honey comb without heat and without getting the honey on your fingers.

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Our Week in Review: Including Mending Fences, Baking Pies, and This Week's Reading List

Our Week in Review: Including Mending Fences, Baking Pies, and This Week's Reading List

This week started off with a bang as the small herd of large cattle we have broke through their fence and made it half way to town before we were notified by the sheriff! Oh, dear! We had to bring the big cows to the small pasture, closer to the house and take the baby cows to the pasture that holds the medium sized cows. We were planning on doing all of this anyway. We just thought it would be another week or two, ha! Our son went with the men and learned all about mending fences. Everything was going well and was mending up fine, until Uncle Johnny accidentally sent a tree through said fence. It was a cherry tree that was about to fall down anyway so Uncle Johnny tried to cut it down...but accidentally caused it to fall back on the fence.

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Inspiring a Love of Reading with the Love of Animals

Inspiring a Love of Reading with the Love of Animals

Before our son became the voracious reader that he is today, he was anxious and easily frustrated with each attempt to read. We had a little boy with big ideas that could understand complexities far beyond his years. He knew the sounds that the letters made, but he struggled with letter combinations, blends and sight words. Learning to read is like learning to run. A baby doesn't just jump up one day and run across the room. Well, I suppose there may be a few exceptions....but generally there's loads of single steps and loads of falling long before any walking happens. Running comes last. Our son wasn't interested in the mundane tasks of learning to walk. He wanted to run!

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Our Week in Review: Including Gardening, Chickens, and Reading

Our Week in Review: Including Gardening, Chickens, and Reading

Welcome to our week in review! We have been living on my sisters farm now for over a month and I think we are finally starting to find our rhythm! Farm life has so much to offer our children as they connect with nature and the animals all around them.

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Our Beekeeping Adventure

Our Beekeeping Adventure

As many of you know our family moved to my sisters farm in East Tennessee in April. You can see how our first two weeks, of adjusting to farm life, went here and here. This move has been such a blessing for our family, but it has also taken some getting used to. Life on the farm is very different from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta! Beekeeping, for example, isn't something that we saw much of...if any...in our old town. I'm sure it was there. We just didn't know anyone that did it. Here on the farm uncle Joe and his uncle Johnny have honey bees! They have taken our son, Gabriel, and I under their wing and are teaching us everything they know.

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Gardening With Children

Gardening With Children

Spring is here! The sweet smell of apple blossoms fill the air and I find it is the perfect time to start gardening with the children. Since moving to my sisters farm it seems the children have taken a wonderful interest in how plants grow. Perhaps it is because their uncle has been plowing the fields, perhaps it is because I keep pointing out all of the fruit trees in bloom, or perhaps they are getting excited about growing their own food. Whatever the reason I feel now is the perfect time to start gardening with them.

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Our First Week on the Farm

Our First Week on the Farm

Hello everyone! As many of you know, two weeks ago my husband and I made the spontaneous decision to move our family away from the city and away from Georgia. We made what we felt was the best decision for our family and thus moved to my sisters farm in Tennessee! This is my first blog post since the move and well...it's been an adjustment. But, it's an adjustment that feels completely and totally right for us. So here's a bit of a recap on all the highlights of this week.

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Easter Egg Dyes with All Natural Ingredients and Flower Stencils

Easter Egg Dyes with All Natural Ingredients and Flower Stencils

With this week being the week before Easter, the children and I wanted to dye Easter eggs! I have fond memories of dyeing eggs as a little girl and want to make sure I pass on fun traditions like this to my own children. I've seen many different ways to dye eggs across the internet, but I keep coming back to the natural dyes from ingredients that are in our own kitchen.

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Our Book of the Week: RED

Our Book of the Week: RED

I wanted to share a book with you. A book that the children keep asking for this week. They ask for it as soon as they wake in the mornings. They ask for it at breakfast. They ask for it at lunch. They ask for it before bed. This picture book by Michael Hall is simply called Red: A Crayon's Story. Our three year old actually discovered this gem of a book at the library. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.

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Our Week in Review

Our Week in Review

If you've been here before then you know how much we love books! If you're new here, then you're about to find out! We visit the library weekly for inspiration and to let our children choose any books that spark their interests. This week our kids chose an eclectic mix of grammar, classics and Greek myths!

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