Lylah, Reading, and Running Full Speed

This weekend we celebrated our sweet Lylahs 6th birthday. In our house, this is a milestone birthday. One that means we start working actively towards reading. This is new territory for me because with Hayden and Ella we were using a boxed curriculum or had certain goals we were trying to reach at six, that as unschoolere, are pretty much non-existent. The good I can see clearly in the murky, unknown waters is that Lylah is ready to jump into reading, so following a self-led approach will easy, and a gentle introduction for me into the self-paced, unscholong world of reading. I feel like math and science are so easily obtained organically, and reading is something that needs to be worked at, so, while I have solid feelings on unschooling as our path, I question whether I can actually do as I intend as far as reading is concerned. We celebrated Lylah with family and friends at our house with a simple party with snacks, cake, NO games, and a BEAUTIFUL fall (Texas Fall) day. Lylah is unique and always allows her difference to shine through, so it was only right that she had a unicorn party! My talented mama made an awesome cake, and Lylah wore her super magical dress with, what she called, glitter hair. (We put glitter in the past of her pig-tails. The beginning of this month not only marked lylahs birthday, but it also brought a new extra curricular into our lives: GIRL SCOUTS! We love our troop (and hope the love us) and I'm so glad we found them. They're all homeschoolers and close to the girls age. It was a great opportunity I'm glad we didn't miss. We're running full speed right now with Scouts, homeschool group, and church, cut it's a wonderful and welcome type of busy that's appreciated after a summer of being home trying to become grounded in our new child-led style and exploring the true meaning of unschooling. What has your family been up to?


Why Homeschool Moms Need a Hobby 

When we first started out, homeschooling was my hobby.  I was still shopping curriculums, reading homeschooling book after book, trying new approaches and figuring out what approach to schooling worked for our family. I didn't have time for a Mom Hobby, but I slowly got to a point (about the same time we started unschooling) that I felt run down by homeschooling


Just Say Cheese!

Sometimes it's hard to see the silver lining when you're stuck in the fog and rain, but staring at the blank screen and realizing I couldn't remember what all we had done just in the past week made me wonder how on earth I would remember things 20+ years from now. So without further delay, I made a list (Y'all knew that was coming, right) of why I will always be that lady with her camera:


Later is better. The (Not So) Importance of Pre-K

The number one reasons we became an unschooling family is because I wanted to instill the love of learning in our children early on by letting them explore the world how they felt moved, and to figure things out in the most organic way possible. Pre-K stuffs them into a room of other children their age and they're required to sit still, listen, and retain a large amount of information for the majority of the day, five days a week. I wholeheartedly believe at four years old a child is just not ready for traditional schooling at home or away. As homeschoolers, we have the option to let them be little regardless of the style of learning that is used.


All good mothers hear

Preach it, Sister!! “…and they might say it’s because mother-hood can differentiate but really if you have a daughter I beg of you, teach her something useful! Teach her about people’s expectations to be married. Teach her about the double standards of opposite sex (going both ways) not one. Teach her how to change a diaper. Teach her how to be kind. Teach her that emotion is not weakness (by being emotional and remaining strong)! Teach her how to level with a 4 year old and how to calm an infant. Teach her, Teach her, Teach her. And when you cannot teach her any more, let other women be her guide as well…”


I’ve never hopped on my blog and let words fly… I write on posts for days, proof read and proof read again. Exchange boring words for more complex ones, add on ideas that have been left out.

Tonight I don’t have it in me to do all of those things. I’m tired. Being a stay at home mom, today, has gotten the best of me. I try, like hell I try, not to go on rants about being a mother or just how tough it is. My choice, My problem –in my philosophy. For the sake of all mothers around me, and another’s lack of ability to see what true super heros they are I feel I must bring to light some of what their dailies bring.

I can’t help but think of two of my longest friends this week. How did it so happen that about 15…

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