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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. 
    Lover of life, coffee and all things pink and vintage. ♥

School {at home}

“Mommy, it’s going to rain soon,” stated my almost-four year old.

“Really, Lovie? How do you know?” I asked, while folding and  putting away more laundry from yet another day.

My sun-kissed little daughter held her little arms up and said, “Because, the ants have biggggg walls!”

I  stopped folding laundry and quickly squeezed her in a big hug – I was proud of her! Why? Because we had read that fact earlier this summer while studying the weather and the sky … ants do indeed build higher ant hill walls when rain is predicted … but I couldn’t believe it. Well, yes, I could. Here was my three year old remembering this fact from a few months ago when I didn’t even know if she was truly listening while we read information regarding the weather.  In fact, the study we were doing was aimed at the older girls with facts beyond a three year old’s grasp …

 

But she picked it up. And she remembered it.

 

And as we officially began our fifth year of homeschooling this month,  that brought a lot of joy to my heart! Because sometimes, I wonder, am I doing this right? Are we getting anywhere?

 

{Lacey, nature journalling}

But we are – and I *love* that God has allowed our family to school at home.

This year, our one room ‘schoolhouse’ consists of a Grade 5, Grade 3, Grade 1, Jr. Kindergarten, preschool and five month old baby!

It it busy,  yes!! It’s takes up a lot of time in life – but my husband and I have both prayed about this and feel that this is where God is calling our family. It is not for the faint at heart! Homeschooling is not for wimps  – honestly! It takes a lot of personal sacrifice and heavenly perspective. Every day, you being with a big cup of coffee and the grace of God  — and prayers!   God is strong when we are weak!

It’s hard to explain homeschooling to those who have never experienced it or thought about it – your lifestyle naturally revolves around learning and veers away from a traditional school setting in many aspects. We are often finished  the formal school work by lunch time, however learning happens all throughout the day. Together, we read a lot – I read aloud to them, they read to me. We have our traditional phonics/language arts, math, handwriting [something they no longer teach in government schools] and spelling. The girls also have nature journals.  Together, we work on science and history as a family. [I will post about the unit study I put together for science later - I'm excited about it and love to teach all the girls at the same time - and yes, that is possible!] We are reading through the Bible together and have already begun the book of Leviticus.  There’s also poetry in the mix and formal music lessons.

 

 

The older girls also run their egg business, which is going great so far (not without glitches, but we are working through everything).     {Need eggs? Send them an email! We deliver to Orangeville, as well! }

Life is very busy but it is eternal work. Every day of homeschooling is an investment.

Just for fun, here’s our little homeschool corner, however, school happens *everywhere*. Sometimes we go upstairs in their bedroom so the little girls can play  at the same time. Or we might be outsde at the creek. Or learning history in the car with audio tales. Life *is* school here and school is life!

 

 

{the desk set up Abby created for us}

 

I have an old hutch that I painted – in this hutch, I store everyone’s books that are to be read, along with their curriculum.

Each girl has their own section, divided into grades.

{In the bottom half of the hutch, you will find ‘busy boxes’ for the 2 and 3 year old.
Items such as playdough, a mini sand box, puzzle, magnet crafts, counting games, paint with water … all those cute fun preschool type things!}

{busy boxes}

{my reading/holding baby chair}

 

Sometimes nature studies walk right through the door!

{the view of the whole room – it is quite small, but the best part is the cozy, warm woodstove in the winter!}

 

{desks for working and more books – we LOVE books!}

{I found this bookshelf in the old barn, dragged it in, cleaned it up and painted it. One of these desks were free on the side of the road!}

 

 

 

Do you have questions regarding homeschool? Have you thought about it in the past but doubted if you could do it? Did you know you can homeschool on a budget (and with some work, for free)?  I’d love to hear from you  – perhaps your family also homeschools or would like to start? I’d love to post more about it as it is a beautiful, busy, wonderful way to raise your children.:)

 

September 20, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Lacy - I just have to say that I love your blog! I found it a few months back on a link-up. I homeschool my two little girls Charlotte Mason style and am working on my walk with God and to raise my girls knowing Him- something I didn’t really have growing up. You are an inspiration and although I had heard about BFIAR before, your recent post on it pushed me to finally order it for my preschooler and I am very excited! Thank you for all you do!

Glimpse in Time

Things have been so busy around here lately … apple picking, winterizing the chicken coop (still in progress), stacking firewood, canning food, switching clothes from summer to fall for six children (that alone can take up my entire week!) and getting into the groove of schooling every day … we have such a long list to accomplish before the snow falls …

 

But in the meantime, during one lovely warm early September day … we had a chance to visit our favorite horse farm a few sideroads over… Lyla and Flicka …it’s been so fantastic to spend time at Applebrook to learn about the horses, groom them, clean them and even muck stalls!

 

 

 

September 20, 2014 - 10:56 am

Claire - I love the way the purple/pink flowers are blurred around them. Beautiful shot! I see ponies in your future ;)

To Dream.

This past summer, my two oldest girls have been blessed to spend some time at a local miniature horse farm, Applebrook Farm.  The girls have learned how to groom the horses, muck the stalls, and even do some running obstacles .. it’s been a huge blessing in our lives … as we have one little girl, in particular, that has a dream … to own her own horse … one day …

{Lacey and Jeanna}

 

 

 

 

 

September 14, 2014 - 12:37 am

Katrina - These photo’s are just lovely Gillian :)

September 12, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Jenn - Your photos are absolutely breathtaking! So very beautiful!

Now.

“This, is now.” 
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little ones and big ones.
Early bedtimes and late chapter book readings.
Noisy, messy breakfasts and homeschooling around the table together.
Learning about the skies and the heavens and seeing God’s majesty in Creation.
Lots and lots of laundry and sweeping and tidying and training.
Scraped knees and hugs and bee stings and tears.
Climbing maple trees to catch lost kitties.
Afternoon cloud gazing and evening star spotting.
and sisters watching baby grow and sleep.

This is my now.

September 15, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Heather - Deliciousness :)

Grab Your Bible.

A magnificent, powerful storm rolled across the September sky late yesterday afternoon … the girls and I were sitting outside on the back deck, watching the cloud billows and darken, mentioning we thought the weather was about to change – when, suddenly, it did.

 

Crazy winds picked up quickly and the skies filled with black, blue and grey clouds , lightening began to flash across the sky… perhaps we should head indoors, I mentioned to the girls … that’s all I needed to say when a few of them began crying {I have a few girls who are terrified of storms after a summer of tornado warnings and local touchdowns} and running for the back screen door …


Crying tears and shrieking like little girls, they ran as a frazzled frightened group down to the dirt-floor old basement of our home … I tried to calm them, to reassure them it was not a tornado {yet} and that they were safe inside … when they finally came back upstairs after much bribing , I could see they were carrying something in their little hands … they were carrying their blankies and their Bibles.

 

I couldn’t help but be proud of them – they didn’t bring their favorite toys downstairs or their beloved pets.
Nor did they run downstairs empty handed in total fear.
They took those extra steps and brought their Bibles.

 

I couldn’t help but wonder – in the storms of life, what – and who – do I cling to? What do I use as my security?

Oh, let me learn from these little children – let me cling to the steadfast, wonderful Word of God.
What are you running to when the skies begin to darken? Calling up your friends, relying on your husband, spilling your feelings through a facebook vent, or silly temporary happiness will not calm your soul like Jesus can.
When the storm rolls in, let the first thing I grab be my Bible.

 ”Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

September 10, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Kristina - Wow! How wonderful. You must be so proud of your lovely and wise little girls!

September 7, 2014 - 11:55 am

Roxana - That is a beautiful life story and you should really be proud of your girls!