Life with Mr.4 has not been easy lately. He is quick to anger, quick to lash out in his anger and quick to retaliate against his siblings. Most days, I can stay calm and help him. But, some days I just can't. Today was one of those days. I reacted out of my anger rather … Continue reading Positive Discipline: Forgiveness
Mr.9 is quick to say he is an innovator, not an inventor. He likes to improve existing concepts with his own creative thinking. He has BIG ideas which can be a problem when you are a little kid. As a 5 year old, he was devastated to learn he couldn't actually build a robot with his … Continue reading BIG ideas, Innovations and Mentors
A friend shared pictures of our morning at the local science center with the caption of "learning through play is what it is all about". Seeing her perspective of this morning got my brain rolling. Just what did our horde of kids learn through play this morning? The new traveling exhibit highlighted the power of … Continue reading Learning Through Play
It's been hard getting back in the blogging groove post-Irma. We survived. Were you worried? My most concerning moments were seeing mold all over the inside of the refrigerator and smelling rotten fermented vegetables after 5 days without power. Thankfully, my parents were lovely hosts during our "evacuation, not vacation" , our house had no damage … Continue reading We are the experts of our children.
As I keep reminding the kids and the rabbits, this an evacuation not a vacation. But, from the looks of it, you wouldn't know -- blue skies and electricity are much appreciated right now. Our 4 hour drive from Central Florida to the Florida panhandle was 8 hours of backroads and a 1.5 hour traffic … Continue reading Hurricane Irma . . . pt. 1
Facebook groups are still on my brain - from the inspiring to the befuddling. Wildschooling, the group I mentioned in my "let's not worry about fitting into neat little unschool boxes" post is currently a huge influence. While I have always valued nature as a great teacher, the reality is we are often indoors rather than … Continue reading Living Beyond the Labels
A blog link caught my eye on one of my favorite Facebook groups today. The group was "Wildschooling" and unschooling was the topic of the post. It was a typical unschool query - I want to unschool, "school at home" isn't working, kid just wants to play Minecraft all day, what to do? As all … Continue reading Fighting a Flawed System