We are on day 10 here at Higher Ground Academy. So, what have we accomplished so far?
We begin every day gathered together either at the breakfast table or in the living room to read God's Word. Currently we are studying the life of Paul and seeing how God spoke to him and gave him a second chance. It is a beautiful story of redemption and grace, one that has brought about very grown up discussions from my little ones. We also jot down 3 things we are thankful for every day. For perspective, there are days where I have to read very loud because Ty is growling like a lion or I have to have Ethan read because I need to snuggle a little one. It is not picture perfect but it is blessed none the less.
In History we are journeying into the world of Christopher Columbus and the Renaissance. Our days are filled with adventures on the high seas as we learn about exploration, both the good and the ugly sides of it.
|Ethan savoring a quiet moment as he reads The Glorious Impossible by Madeleine L'Engle|
We can be found snuggled up on the couch viewing amazing works of art by Giotto, Michelangelo, and DaVinci while reading about their lives.
Sunny days beckon us to bound outdoors and explore God's creation. In just one afternoon we made some wonderful discoveries that spurred lots of conversation and beautiful sketches in our nature journals.
|We were not sure what this guy was so the kids lovingly called it "The poop grub". After chucking it under the deck we found out it is the Velda Pine Moth. We find these often so maybe we will keep the next one and see if we can watch it hatch.|
|We love catching frogs and toads of all sizes.|
|This little Tree Peeper is our favorite visitor so far.|
|He is about the size of your pinky nail.|
|And he has sticky little pads on his feet.|
|They are typically a golden color with gray x on their back.|
|He became our little buddy and we actually found him (or one of his friends) clinging to the window of our porch door last night. :)|
|Caterpillars of all varieties are in abundance right now.|
|Luna moth caterpillar.|
Math is completed in the morning while little minds are sharp as well as language lessons and writing. It is also completed during Ty's nap... BONUS!
We are pouring over constellations, learning about the galaxies, and are utterly in awe about Astronomy and the amazing heavens our God has created. We just completed a glow in the dark solar system that the boys can hang up in their room. Ellie has stars in her room. :)
|Our Solar System that we put together. Ellie has Jupiter on her eyes. :)|
We love art and can be found doing a variety of projects both inside and out. Some of them include:
|We LOVE Ed Emberley's drawing books. I have lots of wonderful sketches to frame and hang up thanks to his amazing way of teaching children.|
|Paper hat making.|
Every day life happens. Babies cry, diapers need to be changed, unexpected company pops in to visit, spills need to be wiped up, boo boos kissed, tempers calmed, dishes washed, toilets overflow, a friend needs comfort over the phone, a child asks a deep questions that takes some one an one time to explain ... and yet it all works out in the end. School is flexible, which means we build our solar system outside at 6pm while dinner is simmering on the stove, math facts are narrated while Mommy is giving Ty a bottle, Ethan reads aloud Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel to the little ones so Mommy can make lunch, and independent reading occurs before bedtime. The joy of it all is that at the end of the day we have had a successful school day while being a family and allowing life to happen with all of it's crazy, messy, beautiful spots.
If you are a homeschooling Momma trying to balance your many roles, take heart dear one. It will all get done eventually. Remember to be flexible and to not compare yourself to others. There is only one you and you are the mother God wanted for your children, the wife God made for your husband, and the only one who can fulfill those roles. Enjoy the journey and know that I have crazy, messed up days too (just click here, or here, or here, or maybe over here for real life examples). It's part of life and it makes us stronger.