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Ours kids are works in progress, & let’s not forget, so are we!❤️ #homeshoolencouragement #momencouragement #ighomeschoolmoms #ighsmoms #homeschoolersofig #homeschool
I pray that when these school years have passed, and they have moved on to the next phase in life, that they remember more than the textbooks, lessons and pencils. My hope is that we are cultivating so much more than just lesson learning - life learning. I hope that our relationships grow and stay stronger because of these moments we share. I pray that the little things - the special things - like schooling by the Christmas tree, or with a kitty on one’s lap, mean as much to them as they do to me. That the sweet comforts of home, our safe haven, provide the best possible environment for them to grow and mature. Thankful I get to walk this walk with them daily. The good,the bad, the hard, the laughter, the memories, the opportunities - blessings abound.❤️ @his_work.in.progress #ighomeschoolmoms #ighsmoms #homeschoolersofig #homeschool #homeschoollife #thankfulandblessed
Did you know...without confidence, it is likely that your child will not participate in an activity? Even if you know for sure your child can do something, if he doesn't have the same confidence, he probably will not attempt it. To build up your child's confidence, think of it as a process, not an event. In other words, it will take several days worth of easy activities to change your child's mindset. It won't happen after succeeding one time. . . Start with work that is very easy for your child to complete. Listen for remarks like, "This is SO easy" or watch for a glimmer in his eye that reveals his pride. This will be your cue that he feels confident in this level of work. After he successfully completes a variety of easy activities, slowly increase the challenge level. The increase should be slight, adding just 1 step at a time until you again hear or see him express pride, "I can do that SO easy!" . . Whenever your child is hesitant to do something, simplify the work so that it is so easy he can't refuse to do it! . . . #motherhoodrising #homeschoolresources #preschooler #teach #learningwell #simplychildren #toddlermom #learning #nannylife #unschoolers #readingpractice #preschoolathome #toddlertime #motherhood #montessoripreschool #lifeofahomeschoolmom #earlyeducation #toddlermom #365homeschool #homeschoolcollective #homeschoolmama #preschoolteacher #howwehomeschool #homeeducator #childledlearning #homeschoolersofig #earlyyears #iteachprek #homeschoolconsultant
Even though we did go out into nature, tromping through the woods, and using power tools, I still missed the mark because, as my oldest reminded me, we forgot to bring our journals for field sketching. 🤷🏻‍♀️😆 Well, guess what natural object you will be observing and sketching VERY CLOSELY for the next 16 days, son. #sketchesofahomeschoolmom #cantwin #homeschoolfail #homeschoolersofig #charlottemason #wildandfree #misseditbythatmuch #naturestudy
It’s really hard to let your kids figure out their way, make mistakes. I really try to give my children to tools to make great choices, to problem solve, and to be creative. It might not be they way I’d do it. But nevertheless proud. ⠀ .⠀ How are you raising a problem solver? ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #homeschool #creativekids #thefutrue #homeschoolok #homeschoolersrock #unschool #forestschool #natureschool #resepectfulparent #empathicparent #creativefamilies #farmschool #homesteadersofig #homeschoolmom #homeschoolblog #homeschoolingmom #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolhomestead #thehumblehomeschoolhive
MAXIMIZE YOUR HOMESCHOOL HOURS! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Nic has some super simple homeschool hacks to share! 📚 Maximize your time, while guiding your kids toward a bit of independent learning! 📝 Find out more on the blog! #SonlightPartner #sonlightstories @sonlightcurriculum
We got lots of new followers up in here so allow me to introduce myself. (I’m not great at talking about myself so bear with me. 🙈) . . My name is Natalie Cottrell, shoutin’ out from Seattle, WA. 🙋🏽 I am the founder and owner of Grasshopper Academics, an online “boutique” for materials and downloadables to teach reading, writing and arithmetic to Littles. It is also home to our original sight word curriculum. Really! I made it myself! . . I am the founder, owner and director of Grasshopper Montessori, an academic preschool in central Seattle which also includes an in-home education/behavior program and soon-to-be art program. Going 8 years strong! AND I am happy to announce the launch of our second preschool also located in Seattle! This one is more play-based and also includes a French Immersion program. . . . Basically, anything you need for child-rearing or early education, I’m your girl! Additionally, I LOVE talking business and growth plans so I guess I would call business coaching my side hustle. Whatchu need?💁🏽 . . I have single-handedly raised a blooming young lady of 14 years old. At this point, she does more for me than I do for her. Hang in there Mommas, your time is coming! 😂 BA in English-Creative Writing, Montessori Teaching Certificate, Memoir Certification 🎓 . . . I have been through some $#!& in my adult life and am so grateful to have journeyed to a place where love and growth abounds. I know I am just getting started and I thank you all for joining me as I attempt to live a kick arse day every day! 🙏💚 . . . #motherhoodrising #homeschoolresources #preschooler #teach #learningwell #simplychildren #parenting #toddlermom #learning #nannylife #unschoolers #readingpractice #preschoolathome #toddlertime #motherhood #montessoripreschool #lifeofahomeschoolmom #earlyeducation #toddlermom #365homeschool #homeschoolcollective #homeschoolmama #preschoolteacher #howwehomeschool #homeeducator #childledlearning #homeschoolersofig #earlyyears #iteachprek #homeschoolconsultant
Many adults make the mistake of preparing toddler activities with lots of things to do or with many moving parts. Small children often feel overwhelmed and/or discouraged by too many options. . . Instead of providing one activity with lots of pieces, try providing several activities with a few pieces. This system will encourage your children to complete activities before moving on to the next and prevent them from becoming fatigued after a couple of minutes. . . An example of activities: * Beading, 1 string, 5-10 beads (depending on skill level) * Cutting, 2 straws, 1 pair of scissors * Coloring, 1 butterfly (the size of a quarter sheet of paper), 3 crayons * Snack, 1 bowl of crackers, count out 5-10 crackers (depending on age) . . *Note: This method is also great for children of any age that are struggling with focus and completing tasks. . . Now, go get 'em! . . . . . #motherhoodrising #homeschoolresources #preschooler #teach #learningwell #simplychildren #parenting #toddlermom #learning #nannylife #unschoolers #readingpractice #preschoolathome #toddlertime #motherhood #montessoripreschool #lifeofahomeschoolmom #earlyeducation #toddlermom #365homeschool #homeschoolcollective #homeschoolmama #preschoolteacher #howwehomeschool #homeeducator #childledlearning #homeschoolersofig #earlyyears #iteachprek #homeschoolconsultant
A dose of reality... In a virtual world of perfection, I wanted to share a taste of real life. I woke up, or got out of bed, since there wasn't much sleep last night, and found that animals had torn trash out all over the yard last night. My son and I were cleaning up in below freezing temperatures just after the sun came up, the kids have been bickering all morning, and we're out of coffee. I had so many plans for to celebrate St. Nicholas Day, but most of them will never come to light. When I don't sleep, I have fibro flare ups, so that means I'll be spending the biggest part of the day here on the loveseat. I'm not posting this for a pity party. Sure it's a bad day, but yesterday was wonderful, and tomorrow could be even better. I'm just pointing out that none of us have perfect lives. We all have our ups and downs, and sometimes seeing all the ups can make us question our own reality. Well, here is a big dose of a down. This is real life. . . . #realife #roughday #tomorrowsanewday #sahm #homelife #homeeducation #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolers #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoollife #homeschoolmom #homeschoolfamily #homeschooler #eclectichomeschool #lifelearning #natureschool #childhoodunplugged #charlottemason #waldorfinspired #relaxedhomeschooling
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Great night to do #socialstudies ! We use the brainteaser puzzles not only to learn about the world but to figure out where in the world we would like to live or visit. What are some fun ways you decide where to travel? #thisishowweunschool #unschoolers #unschoolersofinstagram #unschoolersofig #homeschoolers #homeschooling #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolersofig #roadschool #roadschoolers #roadschooling #ohtheplacesyoullgo #maps #worldgeography #worldmaps #brainteasers #worldhistory #homeschoolmom #unschoolmom #roadschoolmoms
In this season of hustle and bustle I have really been feeling the pull to draw back and focus on rest and simplicity. I absolutely love Christmastime, but the pressure to do it all causes my soul to become weary and can even rob me of my joy if I allow it to. We have gone back to some of my first loves of this season and left some of the extracurricular behind this year. We have been hand-painting ornaments, crocheting gifts, decorating gingerbread houses, baking, and decorating our home to the max. Sometimes different seasons of life require different things of us. It is important to embrace where we are at, and what works for us all as individuals - No Judgement. Sadly, the message we receive in these times is that if we aren’t busy, then we aren’t productive. I totally disagree! If we are nourishing our souls and those of our families, we are doing far more!❤️#ighomeschoolmoms #ighsmoms #homeschoolersofig #rest #tistheseason #doyou
An improper grip makes it difficult to print accurately and often results in fatigue. The challenges associated with an incorrect pencil grip could cause your child to withdraw from the skill and ultimately refuse writing altogether resulting in tension between you and your child and a long term struggle with printing. 👎 . . If your child learns to write using an insufficient grip, it will be extremely difficult to rid him of the habit once he gets used to it. Preventing this struggle and resistance is the reason you want to ensure your child is able to isolate his writing fingers BEFORE he is expected to use a pencil. ✍️ . . Making the process simple will maintain the natural joy of learning that your child possesses and will encourage him to continue printing. ✏️🙌 . . . #motherhoodrising #homeschoolresources #preschooler #teach #learningwell #simplychildren #toddlermom #learning #nannylife #unschoolers #readingpractice #preschoolathome #toddlertime #motherhood #montessoripreschool #lifeofahomeschoolmom #earlyeducation #toddlermom #365homeschool #homeschoolcollective #homeschoolmama #preschoolteacher #howwehomeschool #homeeducator #childledlearning #homeschoolersofig #earlyyears #iteachprek #homeschoolconsultant #writingfingers
A great reminder today for us not to underestimate the seemingly “little things” we do in a day to teach our children. It all adds up to something! It’s very exciting to see their stories unfold before our eyes...and with an education, lots of love and support, and a great work ethic, who knows what wonderful things our children might do in the future! @his_work.in.progress #ighomeschoolmoms #ighsmoms #homeschoolersofig #homeschoollife
Do you have ANY idea the amount of questions the average 6 and 7 year old can ask about the cake baking process? Do you? DO YOU? #sketchesofahomeschoolmom #homeschoolhumor #homeschoolmemes #howwehomeschool #stemeducation #thisishomeschool #bakingwithkids #homeschool #homeschoolersofig #ighomeschoolmoms #homeschoolmomlife
Only a homeschool family would be scouring the yard for scat, taking pictures of it, then looking it up for identification... not to mention posting it on Instagram. 🤣 💩 This is 🦌💩 deer scat, btw, and we also identified raccoon droppings. It's a glamorous life! 😂😖🤢 . . . #scat #naturestudy #homeschool #homerschoolers #homeschooling #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolmom
After some very serious downsizing, this is what we are left with. It surprises me how hard it is to let those things go, but it needs to be done. Everything that doesn't serve us as becoming more Waldorf/Nature minded (or books that my children love) is being donated to a homeschooling family in need. . . . #organized #love #peaceful #waldorf #waldorfinspired #waldorfish #betterlife #simplify #naturestudy #change #homeschool #homeschooling #homerschoolers #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolstuff #homeschoolsupplies
What on Earth made me decide that I should sort through and organize all our books and homeschool material today? The scary part is, this is only about half of it. 😵😲😖 . . . #homeschool #homeschooling #homerschoolers #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolfamily #homeschoolmom #homeschoolstuff #homeschoolsupplies #books #bookaddict
We decided to copy... Urrrr uh, take inspiration from @jaala_makes and make fairy houses out of our left over pumpkins. My little design assistant did a marvelous job, and she has been checking to see if anyone is home. . . . #fairyhouse #pumpkins #faeriehouse #fae #anyonehome #copycat #waldorf #waldorfinspired #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolmom #magicalchildhood
The kids and I have spent the morning making ornaments and painting peg dolls. Now to clean up this mess so we can make another making more salt dough. . . . #ornaments #mess #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolers #homeschoolersofig #treasurethesemoments #crafts #christmas #yule #solstice #fun
I was so honored to be a guest on the Live What Matters podcast recently! If you have a moment, take a listen a and center yourself in the #TRUTH of #Christmas . The holidays can be busy times for our families. Before getting swept up in the events of the season, it's a good time to reflect on what really matters and how to keep Jesus at the center! On this episode of Live What Matters, I spoke a bit about the unique opportunities that the Christmas season brings to teach our children about God. And Judy, KT and Megan talk about their brand-new book—a devotional for Advent called Creation to the Cradle. Check it out at : Livewhatmatters.org/podcast #livewhatmatters #homeschool #Homeschoollife #homeschoolersofig
Are you finding your child picking up undesired habits from nannies, grandparents or other adults in your kid's life? Are you finding your educational efforts minimized due to your child being around so many people with different approaches? . To generate consistent progress, streamline your process where others' are involved. Give them only a few things to focus on at a time. For example, tell the nanny or grandparent that this week you are working on only the letter sound 'a', counting out 10 objects and adding quantities of 2. . Making the tasks specific and simple will help keep everyone on the same page. It will also help you manage the amount of undesired habits and address them with the involved adults. You can make a list or prep a calendar as a visual reminder. . Keep up the good work! You got this! . . #motherhoodrising #homeschoolresources #preschooler #teach #learningwell #simplychildren #parenting #toddlermom #learning #nannylife #unschoolers #readingpractice #preschoolathome #toddlertime #motherhood #montessoripreschool #lifeofahomeschoolmom #earlyeducation #toddlermom #365homeschool #homeschoolcollective #homeschoolmama #preschoolteacher #howwehomeschool #homeeducator #childledlearning #homeschoolersofig #earlyyears #iteachprek #homeschoolconsultant
Tired of downloading task cards, laminating, and cutting them apart? Take a peek at Boom Learning for digital, paperless task cards. Pizzazz Learning has hundreds of creative activities across the curriculum to save you time and make your life easier. Check out Pizzazz’s digital task cards for Christmas and Hanukkah. Learning has never been more fun! 🎄🎄🕎🕎 #boomcards #boomlearning #gopaperless #digitallearning #digitallearningday #grade4 #grade5 #iteach6th #division #digitalmath #divisionreview #teacherofig #homeschoolmamas #homeschoolers #homeschoolersofig #pizzazz #ipreview @preview.app
Decorated the tree last night! Tonight we will start our #slowandsacredadvent since my hubby has to work all day tomorrow. 🎄 Are you doing any kind of advent this year? If so what are you using? 🎄 #advent #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolers #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolersofig #wildandfreemama #christmasschool #homeschoolchristmas #homeschoolmom #decoratingforchristmas
Giving your children answers to their questions and problems prevents them from exercising their own problem-solving skills. It also prevents the 2 of you from working together as a team which is SO important in parenting. Instead of answering his questions, repeat the question back to your child..."Why do YOU think that happens?" Instead of telling him not to hit, ask him what he can do instead of hitting. A desired response might be "asking may I have my toy back?" You will be surprised at the enlightening solutions your child has!
Easy bird feeders: apples halved and used a dowel to poke a hole to lace a twine through. Then we scooped out the cores and filled them with sun butter and bird seed. We paired this project with a retelling of Squirrel Nutkin. #waldorfhomeschool #waldorffirstgrade #waldorfinspired #forestschool #naturestudy #wildandfreechildren #wildandfreekc #waldorfhomeschool #waldorfeveryday #optoutside #nobadweather #charlottemason #waldorfeducationathome #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolersofig #howwehomeschool
20 minutes spent searching through online library catalog and putting books on hold, 1 hour in the library reminding my boys of their “library voice” every 30 seconds, 3 nights of reading 10 books at a time to them... to have this unprompted moment when he pulled out art supplies and this book to replicate Snowflake Bentley’s discoveries. #sketchesofahomeschoolmom #hereisourhomeschool #livingbooks #livingeducation #howwehomeschool #homeschoolcollective #homeschoolwins #homeschoolersofig #homeschool #homeschoollife #wintercrafts #winterart #snowflakebentley #libraryfinds #naturestudy #howwestudysnowinthedesert
Any truth here?! 😂 The last one rings true for me for sure!😃 There are some funny perceptions and misconceptions about what we do as homeschoolers...how do you handle the stereotypes? Are you trying to break down those barriers and open up the conversation to those you meet, or do you just quietly carry on steadfast in the journey you were called to. I have to say for myself, it really is dependant on the situation. I do really love when people are honestly curious about what we do - I am always happy to answer questions to shed some light on it and hopefully erase some of the stereotypes! @his_work.in.progress #ighsmoms #homeschoolersofig #stereotypes #homeschoollife #wedohomeschool #ighomeschoolmoms #homeschoolrocks
We spent the day learning about the truth behind the "first" Thanksgiving, the Wapanoag people, and the history behind the modern tradition. Then we schooled through lunch to get everything in so I can work on getting the house put together. Homeschooling is not always the most exciting thing, nor is it the easiest, but it's a feeling like no other to know this is exactly what we were meant to be doing. . . . #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolmom #homeschoolersofig #thanksgiving #sahm #sohappy #grateful #thankful #blessed
Met Prince Plus and did some wet-on-wet painting with my first grader today. We’re using a free resource from Waldorf Teacher Resources to introduce the four processes and she really loves it. #wildandfreechildren #waldorfeducationathome #wetonwetpainting #waldorfhomeschool #howwehomeschool #waldorfeveryday #waldorfmath ##waldorfinspired #homeschoolersofig
Kansas was being so very Kansas and dropped a few inches of snow on us early than normal. Not sure I’m ready for the constant bundling up of tiny bodies, but they sure had fun playing out in the snow and cold. 🌨☃️❄️ #optoutside #wildandfreechildren #wildandfreekc #childhoodunplugged #nobaddays #nobadweather #waldorfhomeschool #waldorfeducation #natureschool #waldorfeveryday #waldorfinspired #hiwwehomeschool #homeschoolersofig
Such a relaxing evening listening to the rain hit the tin roof and reading Percy Jackson. I love watching my kiddos get lost in their activities while listening to me read. ❤️ . . . #readaloud #familytime #lovethis #celebratetherain #tinroof #fallweather #cozy #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolfamily #homeschoolmom #homeschoolersofig
Learning about the solar system. It's so sad that I had to explain to Sydney that there were nine planets when I was younger. Keep your head up, Pluto! I'll keep your legacy alive! #homeschooler #homeschoolmom #fromhomeschooltoharvard #homeschooling #homeschool #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolersofinstagram #firstgradehomeschool #homeschoolfirstgrade #homeschoolsecondgrade #plutoisaplanet #neverforgetpluto #bringplutoback
Wow! It’s been quite awhile since our last post! We are 12 weeks into lessons now and things are getting in a wonderfully smooth rhythm for us! I shared this Read-Aloud Family Journal with you a few posts back and just wanted to confirm how great it is! We are on our seventh chapter book together- reading a chapter or two each day (the amount depends on the baby 😜). At the end our books, we sit around and ask questions about our favorite parts, what we would have done instead, Who our favorite characters were, and any new words we learned. We jot it all down, rate it, and date it. It has been so much fun spending time recapping our reading material! I went on a kick ordering my favorite childhood books- one of which is “The Borrowers”. I was absolutely head over heels for this book! I’m so excited to have this on our list and I’m desperately hoping my kids enjoy it as much as I did! #homeschool #homeschoolmom #homeschooldays #homeschoollife #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolfamily #homeschoolkids #momsofig #workathomemom #learnathome #readingispower #reading #fortheloveofreading #books #knowledge #homeschoolcollective #homeschoolers #readaloudrevival #readaloud
Afternoon reading time. __________________________ It’s been a tough week. Adjusting from daylight savings time has made everyone tired and grumpy. There were moments when I was tempted to think that homeschooling isn’t the best option. Maybe it’s better if they had someone else teach them so we wouldn’t ruin our relationship. _________________________ But then I realized that homeschooling gives us the opportunity to work on our relationship and ourselves. Handing them off to someone else because I don’t want to deal with the difficulty is not the solution. Homeschooling can bring conflicts to the surface much more and it’s a blessing to be able to have the time to search my own heart and hear theirs and work on things. _________________________ So we took breaks this week and I’ve learned to have extra measures of grace during hard weeks for them and MYSELF (can I get an Amen?). . #dohardthings #homeschoollife #reallife
T-minus 24 hours until take off!! We spent the morning studying Arkansas so we are slightly knowledgeable about where we are headed. I have a love hate relationship with traveling, due to travel sickness, but it’s a dream/goal of mine to visit every U.S. state; have about 30 more to go. Call it random, but the state I want to visit the most.....Wyoming 😬. P.s. I haven’t even packed 😩 #homeschool #homeschooldays #homeschoolkids #homeschoolmom #homeschoolfamily #homeschoolife #homeschoolstudies #homeschoolsocialstudies #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolfreedom #freedom #naturalstate #arkansas #childhood #childhoodmemories #childhoodtravels #makingmemories #travel #travelschoolers #familyadventures #adventureseekers #happyhomeschool
On days like today, when the meltdowns and tantuming seem never ending, and the dishes in the sink are ever-growing, and the bills are forever piling, it does my heart good to focus on the sweeter side of the day. . Even the worst days are filled with moments of purity and innocence and love. . . . . . #simplepleasures #simplemoments #findjoy #thankful #thankfulforthesekids #blessed #chaos #lovethruthechaos #singlemomstruggles #nobreak #homeschoolersofig #terribletwos #almostathreenager #speechdelay #apraxia #bubbles
I could teach grammar the old fashioned way by having Sydney circle the noun and underline the verb and put a triangle around the preposition or whatever, but this game is way more fun. It teaches proper sentence structure plus it's kinda like mad libs. Do kids still play mad libs? #homeschooler #homeschoolmom #fromhomeschooltoharvard #homeschooling #homeschool #homeschoolersofig #homeschoolfirstgrade #homeschool #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolsecondgrade #homeschoolenglishclass #homeschoolgrammarlesson #homeschoolkids
Election season is a time when kids naturally ask more questions about how government works. Everyone is talking about politics and kids want to be involved too. 📖 This book from Usborne Books & More will help you answer their questions, and likely teach you a thing or two as well.(I find that to be the case for me with these books, they teach me as well as my kids!) 📖 What I love about this book is the inclusion of other countries. Learning about the rest of the world is an important part of being a global citizen. 📖 Grab this title at the link in my bio. #electionday2018 #teachyourkids . . . . #homeschoolingmom #homeschoolersofig #mommybloggers #momsofig #boymomlife #braveschooling #unschooling #raiseareader #booklady #usbornebooksandmore #learnathome #theelitesuite #empowersocial #homeschoollife #readdreambe #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #learnthroughbooks
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