Do you know that we have never celebrated Martinmas before? It’s a great holiday, started with Saint Martin, showing his light to the world on a cold dark night.
There are many ways to celebrate the day. Some have a bonfire, roast marshmellows, drink cider and have a lantern parade. Kids make their own lanterns and parade around the neighborhood or fire singing various Martinmas tunes.
It’s a time to welcome winter, to recognize the light that each child has in their life and how they can be one for others like St. Martin.
As many of you know, I have been developing a Pagan homschool curriculum. The first portion of the Pre-K package that I have been developing is nearly complete and should be published on this blog, as well as on Amazon, within the following weeks.
The curriculum is set up for child-led project-based learning. I am a firm believer in unschooling, but I wanted to develop a curriculum so that those who choose to use one could have a Pagan resource at their disposal. I also wanted to create a curriculum that I could use in case my children decide they want something a bit more structured, as well as just to use as a general learning guide.
How It Works
This curriculum is set-up in 4 packets. Each packet follows the seasons (December-March is Winter Packet, March-June is Spring Packet, etc.). Within the seasonal packets are weekly projects…
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Really neat idea for a homeschool trip. Anyone up for it? We could go to Russell Stovers!
Lula’s Chocolate Factory
I finally hit upon a CHAPTER book that the boys love enough to read, even without me. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I wish I had read it when I was a kid. It’s so good! Funny, yes, but also FULL of great life lessons.
Joshua and Caleb give it all their thumbs up.
I would love to say that I timed it on purpose to coincide with our CC group’s Chocolate Factory Tour field trip…..but no. It was just a BEAUTIFUL coincidence.
They were so excited!
Lula’s Chocolates is a family operation. We got to see them making these delicious goodies. You can buy them at any Whole Foods Grocery Store! Of course, we partook in some chocolate-y goodness while we were there. We also wore really nifty hair nets.
That’s Dan, checking out the sea salt dark chocolates. Oh my, what a wonderful combination…
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I splurged this Halloween on a brain mold. I have been wanting one for a few years, but have never committed. I came across a link for “5 BRAIN ACTIVITIES USING A BRAIN MOLD“. Her blog post was called something snazzy and fun, but my own brain went “BRAIN MOLD!!” and so I ordered one- because it’s not just for food, its for school! I did make brain Jell-o first. It turned out well considering I bought the wrong color Jell-o and I used half and half instead of evaporated milk.
Then, I broke out the vinegar! Using a little red coloring, I tinted it and put it in the brain mold, in the freezer overnight.
WHOO-EEE the vinegar smell about knocked me over when I opened the freezer this morning. I ran it under some warm water and it popped out nice and easy onto my plate. Then I…
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Weather charts a great idea!
I decided to use a daily weather chart as a part of our routine. I found a cute weather chart on Pinterest from http://rowdyinroom300.blogspot.com/2012/07/weather-chart.html
Pin it here: http://pinterest.com/pin/136515432427754374/
Here is how my version turned out:
I printed it on cardstock. I would have laminated it, if I had a laminator. I used stick-on magnet strips, on the back of the pieces and used a magnetic dry erase board from Wal-Mart.
Gage has really enjoyed using the weather chart to keep track of the weather.
One of the things that people ask me most is what our “homeschool day” looks like. Homeschool will look different in every home depending on:
-how many outside activities you are involved in-whether your kids (and/or you) do well with structure
-your “homeschool style” (un-schooling vs traditional)
-when you and your children work best (morning, afternoon, evening)
-the age of your children
-your work schedule (if you work outside the home)
I have nothing against a more loosely scheduled day or even un-schooling if that works for you and your kids, but for me and for my children (at least for now), we all do better with a much more structured day. No, we do not have a strict schedule that we stick to every day, but we do often make schedules when I feel like we are getting to out of control. Usually we work from lists. Over the…
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