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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Waiting

Today we sat in the doctor’s waiting room. Lucy with a Rick Riordan book & me with a head full of all the thoughts.
Someday creative homeschooling looks like getting in as much of the basics as possible & not worrying about the schedule.





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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Pushing Past Difficult Days

Some days the most creative thing you can do is review the math lesson tiny step by tiny step, make the grammar rule copywork instead of repeating the entire lesson again, or just put all the books on the shelf and get out a game.


Some days the most creative thing you can do is to throw everything in a backpack and do school at a coffee shop or leave everything at home and go to a park.


Don't be afraid, don't panic. Just take a breather and remember the reason why you chose to homeschool in the first place. One lousy day does not equate failure.

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Day 14


Today I’m thankful for coffee! I didn’t start drinking it until I was well into my 30s but I’ve certainly grown to appreciate a warm cuppa on a slow moving day. It’s the little things in life!

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1) Homeschooling is back & in full swing. Co-op has started, music lessons on fall schedule & morning swimming/walking has begun.

2) Mornings are precious. Morning pages have become routine & very needed. A friend & I have committed to being in the word together each week on a Monday morning. Taking some quiet to charge the day is vital.



3) Thankful for –

new mercies

new opportunities

silly new ideas

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Peek in my journal

Grab a cup of coffee with me and I’ll let you peek into my journal.
I’ve mentioned my journal before.

I am still at it, recording important & meaningful thoughts from books I read or conversations I’ve had. I don’t like the thought of having an experience or reading something motivating and not be able to recall what struck me.
I want to grow & learn, I never want to be stagnate or simply live to be entertained. Therefore, I record to recall.

I also use my journal for school planning. Book lists, schedules, yearly goals, & the kids’ interests all get recorded .

Something new that I’ve been doing is Morning Pages. I try to get up before anyone else, find a quiet corner & write 3 pages. It’s an exercise developed by Julia Cameron. I have been doing this nearly every day for about a month and I love it. Some days my morning pages are a prayer, pearls of pleas strung together on the page. Other mornings the three pages are full of grouchiness & complaints. Ms Cameron says that morning pages are a means of clearing out the cobwebs, ┬ásimilar to taking yourself out for a cup of coffee.


And of course my journal will always be full of doodles, just as my school papers from childhood always had them down the side. I’m sure my teachers loved that.

I’ll always be a doodler, have favorite paper textures, ink pens & words, and it’ll probably always be difficult to find a normal ball point pen in my home. That happened last week when a friend asked to borrow a pen. We found gel pens, felt tip pens, pens with every color ink except black…. it was rather humorous & I appreciated that she loved the search even if we never came up with a simple ballpoint pen.

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{this moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


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It’s Saturday after our first full week of the fall schedule, therefore:

1) I’m kicking everyone else out of the house
2) I made myself breakfast in bed (irony, I know)
3) I’m going to sit here & finish my book & do my Bible study.




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