Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I think TED Talks are great. I have only watched 3 or 4 in the past year, but I have enjoyed the ones I have taken the time to watch. I had to share this one.
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! from Beaver Country Day School on Vimeo.
 It is long, but so worth your time to watch..especially if you are homeschooling or are considering homeschooling (or really any kind of non traditional education.). I watched the RSA Animate of Sir Ken Robinson's talk called Changing Education Paradigms a couple of years ago. It is FANTASTIC. If you haven't watched it, GOOGLE IT!! So good. I love hearing him speak. He makes me want to stand up and cheer. He makes me want to get up and teach my children more. (I should also mention that I love British accents...hence my obsession with Jane Austen films, Downton Abbey, and Notting Hill.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How to not ruin your kiddos Valentine's Day. ;)

Just so you know, we are not perfect around here. :) Our house is often a disaster and we seem to be hurrying wherever we go. And, Mama makes lots of mistakes. Valentine's Day is a big deal to me. I have loved it since I was a little girl. Jake and I don't exchange gifts because it is right after our anniversary, but we LOVE to celebrate with the children. For weeks I have been planning. The last few days have been spent making gifts for friends, truffles for Jake, chocolate suckers for the kiddos etc..Last night I hung a big banner, set out M&Ms, balloons, and planned a special breakfast. This morning there was lots of squeals and happiness...for about 5 mins. Jake was heading out of town for the day with work and we opened the mail from yesterday before he left. We got a quarterly report from our credit card  and I was confident it had a mistake. I spent the next 40 mins watching the clock until 7 am when I could call to find out how this mistake came to be. I called at 7:01. :) I was on the phone for 40 mins and spent the following 40 mins beating myself up when I found out that I was the one who had made the mistake. So, if you are following the minutes that adds up to a grand total of 120 minutes...2 HOURS wasted over such a small thing!! Two hours I should have spent snuggling and loving. I should have been reading all of the books that I had carefully selected about St. Valentine. I should have sat down to enjoy red velvet pancakes with maple syrup instead of rolling one up and shoving it in my mouth while walking around the room fretting over silly things. Suddenly, I realized I had wasted 2 hours of time with my kiddos to try to manage something trivial. It seemed HUGE at the moment, but when I looked at my sweet littles, it shrank quickly. I am thankful for kiddos that are forgiving and move forward. Thankful when Gideon told me at lunch that it had been a good day. They are full of grace and they are resilient. Will I make mistakes again?? fact probably more today. But, we will get up and dust ourselves off and look forward to the next opportunity. I am so grateful for all of the love in my life.
I Corinthians 13:4-8
 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 8 Love never ends. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Things are plugging right along, here. The kiddos are all thriving and school is going very well. I am so proud of the changes I have seen in Gideon. Sweet Dand'un recently told me use the scope of a year to measure the children's progress. And, I see leaps and bounds in so many ways. Gideon's handwriting is phenomenal considering we could hardly get him to grip a pencil in any way other than with his fist last year. He is really excelling in math as well. Annalise's comprehension with read alouds is fantastic and she is really making progress in her letter recognition and letter sounds. YAY!! We have also been joining sweet friends once a week to learn in a group setting. It has been wonderful for them and for me. I love being surrounded by brilliant and sweet Mommies to encourage me.

Here is an activity that Gideon did yesterday for Groundhog's Day. His first poll with tally marks. :)

And, here is Annalise's kidney bean sprout that she is growing. They all 3 are participating with this one, but hers is thriving the most. :)

And, lastly, here are my new cloth napkins. I know.. it is ridiculous that I am kind of giddy over cloth napkins. Especially since they are kind of white and boring. But, I have this dream of having a paperless kitchen. I am pretty sure it is unattainable, but I will feel better about using fewer paper towels, anyway. ;)