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. 🙂


October 2, 2014 - 9:54 pm

JES Hi there! I wanted to feature this post on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week. I was hoping to post one of your pictures, what are your thoughts on this (specifically the girls dangling feet and studying over water)? Thanks!

October 2, 2014 - 7:55 pm

JES I loved this post about your homeschooling days and room. Absolutely beautiful! We have homeschooled from the beginning and it changed the way we live, for the better, like you mentioned, it is a way of life… It has been such a blessing! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! 🙂

September 30, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Heather What an absolutely delightful room, Gillian! So pretty and yet so functional. Thanks for sharing with us!

September 29, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Kristina I love that your homeschool room has a door to the outside. How nice to have direct access to recess!

September 21, 2014 - 8:59 pm

Tara C LOOOOVE your new homeschooling room!
PS – I know it’s not anywhere close to Christmas (although some would say it really is), but I’d love to know what you guys do for your girls for Christmas gifts. I know you’ve talked in the past about how you do a lot of homemade gifts, etc. I really dislike the idea of a commercialized Christmas and want to get back to basics, but don’t have a clue where to start with the gifts.

September 21, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Maike I’m an absolute addict of your blog, but mostly am a silent reader. I am strictly governmental schooled, been in kindergarten, non-enjoyable school and it definately didn’t do me any good. I have only heard positive things about homeschooling, the people I met that were homeschooled were much more intelligent and talented or better and laid back. I am so interested in everything that gives me an insight about homeschooling and would love if you can share more about it. The schedules, how to manage all of the kids in different grades, how you deal with them not feeling like studying some days, is it possible to manage with having another job…I don’t have children yet and I can not turn back my own time and start all over with being homeschooled this time, but if I ever will have children, I would prefer to homeschool them.

September 21, 2014 - 11:19 am

veronika goisova I love homeschooling posts very much,we talk about a lot with my 6 years old,she would like to be homeschool too,but because of my bad English and because we speak at home only check,I want her to go to regular school,to practise her English there.
She just told me last week,you don’t have to be sad mom you can’t homeschool us,because you do it anyway,we do so many crafts,exploring,talking and reading-she could read at 4,5 in both Czech and English-so we have regular school and homeschool as well)) yes I love her so

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!