January 21. Don’t judge. #alwayschristmasneverwinter
Oh, this January thaw! The creek is brimful, the snow is all but melted, and we have yet to don our skis. Come on, winter! We miss you! (On the upside: bike rides and creek wades are on the agenda again.). . . . #gooutside #childhoodunplugged #driftless #unschooling #homeschooling #natureschool #januarythaw
Both of them are likely to be seen wearing LARP gear around town as everyday clothes. At this point it surprises no one in Viroqua to see full plate armor at school, swords on Main Street, or chainmail at the coop. Because LARP (live action role play) is what they love most. (And, thanks to them, a large percentage of the elementary school kids in town do too, I‘d wager.) Today they are in their element, at an event with other friends and LARPers, wielding swords and running through the woods battling orc-like mordock and other fantasy villains. (think Tolkien come to life). I am so grateful that they found this outlet for their creativity; for developing leadership skills; and for an effortless exercise in acceptance (of self and others) during their teen years. It’s really the best thing I could have asked for.
The kids and I are working hard on dialing in our homeschooling rhythm. Because honestly, there are days when none of us can account for where the time has gone and we’re left scrambling at the end of the day to finish up. Currently: I’m working on spelling lists with Sage while Lupine makes a shrub. Then math and creative writing for both! Feels good to find our rhythm once more. #homeschooling #interestledlearning #kidswhocook
We made the 2 hour (each way) trek to our beloved makerspace, @thebodgery, in Madison, WI. Sage worked for hours in the metal shop making LARP armor, I did a bit of laser cutting, and Lupine got to work on her first patchwork quilt! Looking forward to being back again, just as soon as we can manage. Oh, to live closer to this amazing homeschooling resource! . . . #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #makerspace #interestledlearning #homeschooling #unschooling #madisonwi
-7 F and gorgeous. So good to be home.
New blog post today, with some reflections from the road on what matters most. Link in my profile.
Farewell to Arkansas.
My early morning partner in crime. (Traveling with my parents means I get to play dog owner for the week. It’s just what my heart needs.)