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Having the Talk

When I pulled my daughter out of public school after kindergarten, it was half to reconnect and half due to the attitudes small children have about life. I don't know if you noticed, but children today are growing up fast. We made a deal back then, and at the conclusion of our first grade year with home education we decided to try public school again. However, per our agreement, I had new expectations for my daughter when it came to communication. I did not want this new, abrasive society getting to her before I did about certain topics. One of those topics is sex. I come from a complex past when it comes to sex, but one thing I am … [Read more...]

Salt Dough Craft: Egyptian Cartouche

I love Egypt and I love being able to share my love for this part of history with my daughter. If homeschooling has taught me anything it's that everyone needs space and everyone needs to slow down sometimes. I admit I'm not perfect, and I fell behind a few weeks ago in my well thought-out (if not overly ambitious) lesson plans. I was trying to hurry up and I was frustrated because my daughter was not learning at the same speed that I was teaching. I felt like a failure and I managed to find the strength to walk away from my failures. We were learning about Egypt and I was trying to get Gaia to recognize the complexity of hieroglyphic … [Read more...]

Keeping My Daughter in Touch with Her Hispanic Heritage

I have a 6-year-old daughter who is half Hispanic. Her father's parents are natives to New Mexico with a big majority of her heritage being Hopi Indians. Her father isn't too big into the culture himself, and after meeting my language requirement for high school graduation I surpassed him in my Spanish knowledge. Her grandparents both are fluent, and we decided that we did not want her to miss out on that part of who she was. Besides Gaia's interaction with her grandparents on her father's side and her love for Dora the Explorer as a wee lass, she did not get too much of the language down in early years. We know how important childhood is … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes: Homeschool Planning

I have been diggin' myself a hole in all the curriculum I bought this summer. I bought a little bit too much, but I didn't know what I wanted and to be honest I still don't know exactly what will work best for my daughter. It is really fun to see all the things we'll be learning together this year and I'm feel positive overall about our first year homeschooling. I've enrolled miss Gaia in a S.T.E.M. class this fall. It was pretty pricey, but i hear they're all the rage.... plus she needs that socialization and "school feel" so we're giving it a go. I was looking for some other focus of Science here at home though since it really is my … [Read more...]

My First Homeschool Conference Experience

CAUTION: Very wordy post ahead! If you follow me on social media or have the joy of being in my inner circles, you may have heard about my goal to homeschool Gaia next year. The option to home school has always been on the table for her, but she's so social I felt like public school might do her good. Sadly, I was mistaken. What happened instead is that she's so focused on making friends and being like everyone else that she doesn't focus on her academics. Though I've made arrangements to still feed the side of her that needs a lot of social interaction, in order to get her back on track to what is important I'm committing myself to … [Read more...]