It's that time of year again! The LDS Holistic Living Conference and Expo is right around the corner. And I have a little surprise for you...
You guys, I'm super excited about this Herb Fairies Book Club I just signed up for, but I feel so bad because the sign up period has already closed! I found out about it just before it closed and only barely got in in time, otherwise I totally would've mentioned it on here earlier. But it will open up again next April, so bookmark it, or pin it, or whatever, because it looks awesome!
Yep, it's a dream alright, a dream come true; Clay and I are in the latest issue (Dream) of Taproot together! I love seeing Clay bring my writing to life with his illustrations. And ever since I first heard of Taproot, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
My article is about all the things I learned from my my time spent in the family garden: about life and death, hard work and rewards, about growing and changing. And guess what's in the Taproot Print Shop? A gorgeous print of Clay's illustration of the little girl and her dad! He signed each one. The printing is beautiful and is done on a lovely, thick watercolor paper. I think we're going to give one to my dad for his birthday:)
The plan has always been to homeschool the kids. But recently we thought it would be fun for Sam to go to preschool, not so much for academics, but just to have a chance to run around and play with some other kids. And let's be honest, Mom thought a little break a few times a week wouldn't be too shabby either:) So, we visited a local preschool that we'd heard good things about. We visited a class and spent about an hour just hanging out and observing. Sam did circle time and even participated in show-and-tell (he had randomly brought in a leaf from outside- cute!). He loved it and was excited to go.
But on his first day he came home crying. This was normal, we thought, and so we talked about it and decided to see it through for at least two weeks. He didn't cry anymore for the next week and a half, but he did tell me, quite eloquently, about what he didn't like about it and that he really wanted to do homeschool instead. I also caught him and Viv plotting how to sneak her into class with him one moring, which was very sweet.
He finally had another sad day, after which I told him, "Next time will be the two week mark, let's do one more day and see if you feel any different." But even after a Valentine's party, he was still positive that preschool was not for him. On the last day I picked him up and he was smiling, I thought maybe he'd decided he loved it after all. I said, "You look happy, did you have a good day?" He said, "I am happy... because today's my last day!"
So, we learned a few things with this little experiment.
So, what are we doing for homeschooling? Lots of little things, but mostly a lot of play and a tiny bit of more structured time.
How have you decided what educational route to take with your kids?
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