Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am wife to Mr. Crunchy (my college sweetheart), and mama to three brilliant, loud, beautiful, squabbling, frustrating, energetic, kind, curious girls.
Teacup (age 10) is a classic firstborn. She enjoys study, loves to loose herself in a book, is a huge help to me in many areas of the house, talks nonstop, and if she had her way she would rule the roost and keep us all in line. She is going into 5th grade and is in Year 4 of Ambleside Online.
Tempest (age 8) is my sweet Wild Child. She climbs the furniture, likes her hugs tight and squeezy, stomps around like a young elephant all.the.time, loves crafts of all kinds, thrives on imaginative play (especially if she gets to crawl and rawr), and is as loud in her joy as she is in her displeasure. She is going into 3rd grade and is in Year 2.
Tiger (age 5-almost-6) is teetering between toddlerhood and girlhood. She is learning to read and write and add, but she still loves her blankie and Hank the Owl. She wants to keep up with her big sisters, but has realized that being the baby means some level of spoiling that the big girls don't get. Due to an autumn birthday, she'll officially start Kindergarten as a 6 year old this fall. Last December, she demanded reading lessons, a handwriting curriculum, and her OWN math book... thank you very much, Mama. I suppose that means she's in school. We may or may not start Year 1 in January. Who knows?
We are beginning our sixth year home schooling this fall. We follow Charlotte Mason methods - more or less depending on the day - and use the Ambleside Online free curriculum. I get a little lightheaded thinking about facilitating three separate Ambleside years. I'm sure I'll get over it sooner or later. Each year I choose a subject or two and focus on building good habits in that area. My ultimate goal is to fill my children's school days with a feast of art, music, history, literature, science, drawing, and foreign language. As the Simply Charlotte Mason website states, with a CM education, "You won’t find a skimpy curriculum that focuses on the three R’s.
Instead you will find a wide and generous curriculum that attempts to
spread a feast of ideas before the children." Each year I try to come closer to the ideal put forth by Mason. “The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.” (Vol. 6, p.111) The more they know about, the more they can learn to love.
I would love to say that my home is clean and beautifully decorated, that our daily routines run smoothly and everything gets done in its proper time, and that my home is filled with the sounds of children playing happily or learning peacefully alongside each other. The truth is... more often than not there is clean laundry piled on the couch and the dining room floor desperately needs sweeping. I stink at planning meals and then actually cooking them, so we eat out more than we should. The laughter is loud and common, but it is punctuated by bickering, foot-stamping and an occasional slammed door. Home education is exciting and challenging and frustrating and incredibly rewarding. Our home isn't perfect, but it is filled with love. I hope this blog provides ideas, resources, and plenty of encouragement!
Welcome to our school room...