• Homeschooling

    Box Day: MFW ECC

    I promised to update the blog with what we are doing for our next homeschool curriculum, and I’ve had a few friends message me to ask about it. Even so, I have struggled to write this post! I decided to continue on with My Father’s World: Exploring Countries and Cultures (MFW ECC). ECC is the first year in MFW’s family cycle. It’s a year dedicated to learning about geography, worldwide cultures and religions, ecosystems and biomes. We’re very excited about it! However, I’ve struggled with posting about it because I felt like I needed to justify why I went this route, when it’s not a perfect fit for us. Obviously, I…

  • Homeschooling

    Hitting our Homeschool Stride

    I mentioned last time that February is turning out to be an amazing month. Part of this is because we’ve really hit our stride with homeschooling. I always hear that November and February are the worst months for homeschoolers, but our February has been fantastic! I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were making some changes to our MFW: Adventures in U.S. History curriculum. The changes have worked well. First, I abandoned my MFW teacher’s manual with the grid schedule. If you have used MFW, you know that the teacher’s manual is amazing. The schedule is awesome, and lays out everything you need to do day by day. But since…

  • Life

    February Farm Updates

    We may be in the middle of winter, but it sure doesn’t feel like it right now! It was a beautiful 56 degrees here today! I’m bracing for more cold to come, but so far, February is turning out to be my favorite month that we’ve had on the farm. I’m getting a greenhouse!! I am so excited about this. I’ve wanted one for a long time. Our initial plan was to build a heavier-duty one from recycled windows. If you’ve ever drooled over greenhouses on Pinterest, you know what I’m talking about. They are gorgeous! But all of the recycled windows we found here were ridiculously expensive, and it simply…

  • Homeschooling,  Life

    What’s Working for Us Wednesday: Mountain Rose Herbs Fairytale Tea

      I think I’ve mentioned that we love our tea time around here. It’s an important part of our homeschool, as well as a beloved, nurturing ritual. Sometimes we simply sit around the table to sip tea and talk. Sometimes we listen to classical music. Sometimes the boys sip tea as I read poetry or a chapter from one of our read alouds. I think it works beautifully because the boys have a much easier time paying attention to something if they have some sort of sensory input and movement at the same time. Tea time gives both, while offering an opportunity to work on table manners and listening quietly with…