The First Olympics

…and with the Winter Olympics just around the corner, we will be able to live what we learn. Of course the athletes won’t be naked or competing to please the gods, but we will still enjoy the competition. 🙂


Sharing Equally (or, an intro to multiplication)

While Hunter was trying to figure out an “intro to multiplication” worksheet this week, Madison leaned across the table and piped up, “It’s 12.”

And it was!!

I don’t know how she figured it out but she did…and before Hunter, who is the math-puzzle master. Seeing she was interested in what he was doing, I pulled together a few items to set up her own multiplication activity.

She loved dividing the play good and household items between her Calico Critters. I modeled how to say “X groups of Y equals Z” and she explained each set of items as she divvied them out.

Hunter wanted in on the game so Playmobil characters came out of the toy shelf and he followed his worksheet by using them as his manipulatives. I love when both kids connect on an activity or subject and can share their learning journey. Especially having kids so close in age and grade, they can learn alongside each other and grow together in a whole different way.

We started!  Homeschool 2017

Holiday weekend

Power goes out.

Kids recovering from fever & flu.

38 weeks pregnant.

Spontaneous trip to the car repair shop.

That’s how we started our 2017 school year!

All things considered, they did awesome.  Like, really awesome.  I was a bit concerned about the transition from the go-with-the-flow summer days to the structured-and-directed homeschool mornings (or afternoons, as this day happened to play out), but they did great.

Hunter is starting second grade.  He will have a lot more “directed” work this year than in past years, but still with a healthy dose of discovery, adventure, and exploration.

Madison is our kindergartner this year.  To say she is excited is an understatement.  Except for the moments when she is undeniably tormented at the fact she made a mistake or can’t do something perfect.  What can I say – she’s pretty amazing.

With Baby #4’s arrival just around the corner, we are taking it slow.  Hopefully we can build some sort of momentum and rhythm so the kids can keep moving forward with school while we all adjust to Baby’s arrival.  No matter what happens, we are embracing this season and all that we will learn.

Thanks to this website and this one for loads of inspiration for this year’s homeschool plan and approach.


The girls asked to wear “Ergos” on our morning walk today. We used scarves that my husband brought back from Cambodia to make slings to carry their babies (doll and rabbit, respectively).  The slings held up through the entire 45 minute walk and they wanted to keep wearing them once they got home.  Big sister practice is well underway!

Madison’s face…it makes me giggle. Also, most likely the girls will not be babywearing their new sibling anytime soon.  Safety first, after all. It is sweet to see them embrace something they’ve seen us do as parents and make it their own.