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As many of you know, my educational philosophy is basically to figure out what is best for each child through inspiration, love and diligence. This past year we had to of our children in the local charter school, one doing school online, and the oldest doing half online and half in a high school program with the local college that offers college credit.
This school year our oldest continues in that program and our next four children are all going to the charter school. We love that school! It is Montessori with a free and fun environment. Each of the kids enjoys going and they are very happy.
We still do music lessons, but we have cut back on our other activities so that our lives are not so crazy. I have been teaching more classes on essential oils and so it has been good to simplify. I have my two babies at home, boys ages 2 and 4. I must also admit that I have a helper that drives the kids around and prepares food in our home. This enables me to do more of the things that I want to do right now.
My husband and I have been talking about next year. We want to scale back on the things we are each personally doing so that perhaps we can homeschool most of the kids again. We tend to do things seasonally and enjoy that. We are wanting to connect with our kids again in a different way by having them home, traveling, and reading some good, core books together.
Because I am focusing more on sharing messages of good health and empowering families with natural tools, I am going to be scaling back on this category for a while. A girl can only do so much
This is just a fun post to tell you about the things we learned this Christmas and some things we will be doing differently next year.
I saw an idea on Pinterest that I loved. It was to make a gingerbread nativity. I always balk at making gingerbread, because it takes so long and doesn’t turn out well most the time for me. I don’t use white sugar, so this may be why. I also don’t like to buy the unhealthy kits, because my kids always end up eating half of it before it gets discarded.
So when Bountiful Baskets offered gingerbread house kits without preservatives and hydrogenated fat, I immediately ordered some. We got creative and made this.
A couple months ago, when the kids were complaining about some trivial things, my husband, Mike got out a huge piece of paper and announced we were going to make a gratitude list. We sat around as a family and thought of over a hundred things for which we are grateful. Then we posted it on the wall for awhile.
We’ve found that we need to remind our children often of all we have, especially when they start using a more demanding tone and expecting to get things they want without working for them. We adults can fall into this trap as well, so it’s good for us all to remind each other that we have so many blessings.
One of the best ways to do this is through service. We’ve taken our kids to South America to help them understand what they have and the value of serving those less fortunate. But you don’t have to go to a third world country to accomplish this. Experience in service can be just as powerful when it’s close to home. I try to keep my eyes open for opportunities to help people and involve my children.
Here’s a video of my boys singing a beautiful song about sharing, that almost made me cry when I heard them sing it at their school. And below you can see the items we put on our list of 100 blessings.
I was baking bread one day when I heard a commotion coming from downstairs. The children then came to tell me what was happening because they didn’t know where their friend was and had grown concerned. I discovered that one of our darling little friends had broken a toy.
A nasty virus has been going around our community and made it into our home. It passed from child to child, starting with a fever and fatigue, and ending with a pale face and cough. I got a sore throat, but no fever, so I thought I was doing fairly well.
Then a few days later, I experienced severe muscle pain in legs and hips, and a splitting headache. For a few days my emotions and energy levels were up and down. One minute I was feeling good and doing things, the next, I was crying or crashing in bed. It didn’t help that Mike was working a long string of nights.
My kids talked us into taking them sledding this past week. They really committed us. I’ve been putting off all types of requests of this sort because of after-holiday busy-ness. So we’ve basically been relying on family fun outside of our own making.
As we drove up the canyon, I became very glad we had gotten off our duffs and made it a priority to bond with our kids. The scenery was spectacular!
From the time our children were born, we’ve talked about exposing them to other cultures and by so doing, widening their vision of the world. We also wanted our children to understand the bounty that we enjoy in America and to internalize the importance of service. I’ve come to realize that children will learn these values if the parents exemplify them and are passionate about them.
History was never my favorite subject in school. Part of the reason is the way it was taught to me, by professors, out of textbooks – boring! It made me think that history was just a bunch of dates, names and facts that had no practical relevance to me. I couldn’t have cared less.
After reading A Thomas Jefferson Education, I think about “learning” differently, and I see history through new eyes. I have more of a desire to know WHY things happened and pass that desire on to my children. For this reason, I jumped at the opportunity to accompany Mike to his continuing medical education conference in Boston with our older kids. It was a chance to make history come alive for us.
After eating flavorless applesauce from the store, thinking about the homemade stuff makes me salivate. So when I found a smashing deal on small, tart apples at the farmer’s market, I had to go for it. Besides, my handsome honey loves tart apples.
I was excited about throwing all these small apples in the pot and cooking the halves, but after we started cutting it was obvious there were lots of worms in them. We perservered and cut out bad parts for a while. Read more…
I am not a doctor (that would be my husband). Any advice or recommendations you find on this site should not be construed as medical advice. I do not claim to be able to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease (you can do that yourself). If you choose to follow my example, you will be taking responsibility for your own health and wellness.