Homeschool: Before the Year Starts Thoughts/A Lesson on Rituals

One more month!!! I am so happy about the school year starting on September 1st, otherwise Summer would have just gone by too fast. The month of August is key for fully realized celebration of Summer Vacation. I’m getting really excited to begin, I’m still initiating registration to the Inspire Charter School program, gathering important…

Homeschool: Setting Up a Space

Gazing through Pinterest, I was stoked on setting up some magnificently adorable home classroom.  Turns out, you move around a lot throughout the school-year.  When one location became stagnant, and as the curriculum evolved, we would move.  We began in a dedicated homeschool space, decorated with banners and a calendar and a weather chart, partitioned…

What happened between last October and Now?

Mainly, I was hired by the school district as a substitute teacher. That plus running the homeschool curriculum and instruction, and my own personal escapades – all blog-posting ceased! It was still a wild ride, but I noticed this year has been the most settled. Each year on my birthday, I look back and I…

Homeschool: Creating Goals & Mission Statements

Using a Unit Lesson style of curriculum, keeping in mind your student’s mission statement will guide the activities and focus objectives. If you’re a multi-parent household, survey everyone on what they feel the student’s strengths and weaknesses are.  Include the student.   Goals will include both abstract and concrete concepts. For example, patience and handwriting….

Our October

A fun and festive month, even squeezed in a last family beach trip! We went to the California Science Center We did the Pumpkin Patch with Chase’s sisters and their families We also made a first attempt at staged “family photos” And went to a fun Halloween Party. A Great Month 😀

Lesson Planning

Here we are Friday using the e-mailed passes.  Had a great time viewing and learning about the art, the nice thing about classical art is that it’s generally child safe, as we learned after a quick trip around the small but fun San Diego Museum of Art, which currently has a vortex of halloween contemporary…

Homeschooling: Muahaha! I’ve figured it out.  

Homeschool was stressing me out, and I’m still alternating between feelings of accomplishment and unconditional love, and complete mortification.   Lesson Plans have proved to be excellent for sustaining a healthy routine through continuing shifts in our moods, behaviors, and schedules.   #1 Solution: Love and Goodwill. Only makes sense when it’s happening.  When I’m…

Oh my G! Homeschooling!

We just finished our first week of homeschooling, and we both LOVE it. It was an easy week, because our official start-date was September 1st, and that happened to be a Thursday. The afternoon before, her Mom dropped her off from hanging out and told us, Tegan said she doesn’t want to do homeschool. (This…

Back Home

“Life takes you to unexpected places but love brings you home.” Been apart from Tegan and Chase for 6 weeks! SIX WEEKS. When Tegan said she really missed me I said oh I know this is the longest we’ve been apart! She responded “no, Ashley- seven years! We used to go to sleep at night…

Eating Habits

Tegan is in the ensemble cast for the city’s volunteer production of Aladdin. I picked her up after a 4 hour rehearsal. She got in the car and said she had ate a snack of goldfish crackers and something else that comes in a bag, and a bottle of water.  I was dropping her off at…

In Memory of the Cat Tasha

“If it were my cat, I would put her down.”  Uhh Shit. That’s not what you want to hear a veterinarian say.  I gesture to the x-ray lit by the lamp on the wall, sensing the chaos of disease inside of her tiny body. “Her lungs are bad,” the vet went on. “This is a…