Let me just preface this by saying that my livingroom only stayed this clean for maybe 30 minutes. 🤣
But y’all. I spoke too soon. And you’ll see I deleted my last post because I don’t want there to be any confusion. I loved Easy Peasy today! I loved the simplicity of it and mostly I loved that its free. And my girls seemed to like it too. Or so I thought. As we all cuddled up on this couch today for our read aloud, the girls both said that they loved the way it taught math and they thought that was fun, but they don’t want to change their curriculum from Gather Round for everything else. They love their school day with Gather Round! They told me that they loved working together on their book work everyday and they love how colorful and fun it is. They love researching and mapping, and they didn’t like spending their entire school day on the computer. I can’t blame them. I, too, love Gather Round for ALL of the same reasons. It might be expensive but it really is worth every penny when it makes the kids excited to do their schoolwork. So, that being said, we will be staying with Gather Round for the foreseeable future, until or if they decide they want something else. 💗
Feliz comienzo de semana 💜🧜♀️
Hemos tenido un fin de semana algo raro. Las noches no han ido muy bien. Nuestra sirenita tiene sobresaltos(mioclonías) de madrugada que finalmente acaban en crisis epiléptica tónico clónica al amanecer.
Según nos explicaron, cuando nos dormimos o despertamos, nuestro cerebro experimenta cambios de una fase a otra. La epilepsia de Dulce es sensible a estos cambios. A los 15 o 20 minutos de dormirse, a veces, tiene la crisis una o dos seguidas, o como casi siempre, al despertarse.
Pero ella se recupera con fuerza, como guerrera que es y por tanto no ha sido motivo para yo dejar de ponerme un buen antiojeras, un buen café cargado e ir con la prima a pasear a la costa. El mar lo cura todo... 🌊💜🧜♀️
Y empezamos la semana con muchas ganas... Ganas de jugar, ganas de reír, ganas salir, de trabajar... Y de Dormir... 😴
El jueves tenemos doble consulta (neurología y metabolismo) ... Muchas ganas de verlas y de llevarle la ristra de preguntas preparadas!🍀🍀
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I domoškoláci jezdí na lyžák 😁 my aspoň jo 🏂⛷️
Rozhodla jsem se, že tentokrát to nechám jako idylku.
Všichni se usmívají, prostě dokonalost sama ❤️.
Jak jinak na horách ⛷️🏂❄️☃️
Myslím si totiž, že vůbec nepotřebujete vědět, že se kluci od rána do večera dohadují, snídat chtějí zásadně to, co není k snídani, taky chtějí vždycky každý něco jinýho a samozřejmě hned teď... Hlad mají prakticky pořád...
A už vůbec nechcete číst o tom, že si Kuba stihl urazit kousek zubu 🤷...
No a asi ani to, že jeden záchod pro šest lidí, kteří si sebou berou mobil, je zatraceně málo...
Máme se prostě skvěle, užíváme hor, sněhu, sluníčka i toho že jsme spolu. .
Takže sýr prosím a nehádejte se aspoň u focení 😉
Bueno les quiero compartir lo que nos sucedio con esta foto que me encanta.
Pará tomar esta foto, fue todo un lío jajajaja ya que mis hijos querían alzar a nuestro gato Michu, quien lleva con nosotros más o menos 6 meses y no se si es sus familias pasa, pero en mi casa si pasa y mis hijos quieren estar con la nueva mascota.
Cuando llego el momento de la foto ellos discutieron, lloraron y finalmente acordaron quién alzaba a Michu y por supuesto a nuestra querida Jessy (nuestra perrita que nos acompaña hace 5 años). Quiero decirles que el resultado de esta foto nos enseñó a perdonar, a escuchar y por supuesto comprender lo importante de los acuerdos (debo decir que no siempre funciona) pero vamos paso a paso, somos una familia normal con días buenos y otros no tantos, y con la plena confianza de que iremos mejorando.
Asi que bueno espero que la próxima experiencia sea igual o mejor, con una enseñanza para la vida.
After watching the Challenger Space Shutte explode in the late 80’s, I never wanted to become an astronaut. But space travel is still cool, and fun to learn about. Especially when in New Mexico, where there is so much history with space, missiles, and nuclear weapons (the first one was detonated here at White Sands). The New Mexico Museum of Space History was a great place to see so many space exploration artifacts and information. We all loved learning about HAM the astrochimp who was sent into orbit to test the impact on leaving the Earth’s atmosphere. HAM’s cute little suit, metal pod, and training chairs, were all part of the museum’s collection.
// BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION //
🎒 Do you have active, adventurous kids in your home?
Here are my suggestions for support your little ones naturally as they explore & discover the world. What I love about these suggestions is how a simple tool can empower children to support their health & wellbeing on their terms. These rollers are safe for all ages to use and allow kids to pick oils that support their emotions, physical body & overall health during their day to day adventures. Tools that our kids can use themselves gives them the power to be in control of their own bodies. Pretty neat huh!?
When you get started with oils you can choose to create a custom order like this collection of oils, or choose to begin with a starter kit (swipe left to see an example). The bonus of choosing a Starter Kit is that they are on sale during the month of Jan and save you heaps of cash! .
Are you looking to being the school year on the right foot? 📢 Reach out for a chat today about the options that would suit your family the best. #backtoschool#healthyhome#naturalhome#naturalmedicine#essentiallivingwithshae#greenhome#kidsadventure#homeschooling#homeschool#naturalplayroom#naturalplayroom#empoweringkids
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop) // Many years ago, a single act of kindness changed the course of my family’s life. My husband was working three different jobs to support his young family, & one of those jobs was cleaning swimming pools. Not many people are nice to the pool guy, it turns out. If anyone spoke to him at all, it was usually to complain. But one day he was cleaning the pool of a man named Joe. Joe was kind enough to talk to my husband and ask about his life - and when Joe found out we had two little girls at home, he told my husband about his family’s Christian dance studio. Maybe our three-year-old daughter might like to give it a try?
That was over 13 years ago, and my children have been dancing ever since. Seven of my eight children have taken dance classes over the years (the eighth is too little for now!), with six of them still taking dance regularly. It has been a wonderfully positive, character-building experience for all of them. They have learned discipline, perseverance, strength and determination. And over the weekend, my oldest daughter was crowned Miss Dance of Central Tri-State for @dmachapter27 . Nationals, here we come! .
And all because Mr. Joe took a few minutes to be nice to the pool guy. :) We are forever grateful for your kindness. And we are grateful to all of the dance teachers who have shepherded our children to success over the years.
📸: @_riley_dance (one of the hardest working & toughest competitors I know!) & @reidnicolerowland (the proudest Rowland in the room, & a better dance mom than I could ever hope to be 😘.) I love you girls!
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First Christmas for the books >>> guess what her favorite game is? Swipe to see 🙈
Libur imlek kemaren dedek Rama mantai,, dia suka sekali main pasir pantai, sekalian aja belajar yaa🥰
Kali ini kita belajar tekstur, kayak di buku #littleabid . 💟Apa semua pasir sama texturenya??
Tidak, pasir pantai lebih halus dan lembut, jadi lebih mudah dibentuk apapun yang kita inginkan. 💟Kenapa tangan kita keriput saat terlalu lama berendam di air??
Itu artinya tangan kita sehat, saraf kita masih normal.
MasyaAllah,, Allah maha hebat ya, menciptakan kulit kita yang bisa merasakan berbagai macam tekstur. Kasar, halus, licin, tajam, panas, atau dingin. 😍😍 Alhamdulillah, sejak ada buku #littleabid , emak sangat terbantu menjelaskan macam-macam tekstur ke adek. Kami belajar banyak hal yang belum kami ketahui sebelumnya. 😍
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This morning we did 3 @melscience experiments with egg whites. We learned about amino acids & protein. I love relating what they’re learning back to food. She now understands there’s a connection between eating protein and our muscles. Of course I tell them all the time but it took a science experiment for it to really sink in. 😂👩🏼🔬🤦🏻♀️ #homeschooling#unschooling#momlife#healthykids#eatyoureggs
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Happy Monday my Friends! This week I am co-hosting HEARTS 💕 theme at @get.creative.with with lovely ladies🥰 @littlebuttondiaries and @ohcreativeday So here is a super EASY and FUN ⚗️experiment you MUST TRY!!
You will need:
- peppermint 🍭 candies
- water 💦
It’s that simple😜The color and sugar dissolve into the water and then diffuse through it!
I've finally done it, Junior has been asking to go back to School, so today I applied for a new school for him. Fingers crossed they have a space for him. Until then we will continue to do the best we can at home ✨
Muchas familias se sienten perdidas, la educación que reciben sus hijos no les funciona o no se adapta a ellos, otros se enfrentan a la apatía de sus hijos sin saber como apoyarlos y sí esto fuera poco, son muy pocos los que saben que deben aprender y como deben capacitarse para enfrentar el mundo actual.
Si bien el conocimiento es importante, no es el punto de partida, cada estudiante aprende diferente, tiene intereses parecidos pero no iguales,
Hoy nos enfrentamos a un mundo de adolescentes talentosos y exitosos, mientras tenemos adultos que sobreviven con un salario poco afortunado.
Hoy acompañanos a una charla amena donde te diremos que debes hacer como padre, como identificar el talento de tus hijos y como deben prepararse para tener éxito en esta 4ta revolución industrial, hoy tenemos mayor facilidad de aprender, pero también mayor competencia a nivel global.
Muchas veces nos preguntáis aquí o en las visitas: ¿cómo es vuestro día?
Se espera que comentemos un horario, una rutina de actividades o unas horas concretas a las que hacer cada cosa.😬 Pero aquí la RUTINA es no-rutina. Cada día es diferente, cada peque es diferente, y cada momento cambia todo.
Así que, como no nos iban a dar los caracteres para explicaros cómo puede ser un día,😅 hemos optado por compartir las OBSERVACIONES de 1h de hoy. Es una tarea que realizamos "mentalmente" las 8h de jornada cada día y por escrito cada cierto tiempo para poder recuperar esa información en otro momento y hacer cambios en el espacio, informes, etc.
Deslizando las IMÁGENES podéis ver qué han hecho hoy seis de lxs peques. Hemos escogido una hora al azar, pero antes y después han ocurrido miles de cosas más.😉
Cuando decimos que "solo juegan" y nuestra tarea es "solo mirar y acompañar" nos referimos a esto, a que lxs peques en una hora, sin dirección, estimulación ni motivación externa, a través del JUEGO van tocando varias áreas (habilidades sociales, física, motricidad, vocabulario, mates, música, plástica, etc.) y por nuestra cabeza pasa toda esta INFORMACIÓN, la recogemos y la estudiamos para conocer en qué etapa se encuentran, cuáles son sus interés, qué necesidades hay a nivel individual y grupal, y mil de detalles más.🗒️🧐
Ha sido una hora de bastante movimiento, de 10-15' cada juego, otras veces pasan 20-30' (rara vez más, pero a veces se da) concentradxs en la misma actividad. Y así son, así es Octopus, un espacio vivo, diverso, que acoge y respeta a cada cual con sus semejanzas y diferencias, donde ellxs son lxs protagonistas.🥰 . .
En un cole TRADICIONAL, en una hora...¿nos sentamos y toca bailar en música así y hacer la ficha de grafomotricidad asá? 🤔😓
Si quieres cosas diferentes, prueba cosas diferentes. Te animamos a salir del rebaño, a OBSERVAR el juego comomedio de conocimiento y descubrimiento, ✖️ no como pasatiempos o recreo. #objetivosalirdelrebaño 🐑🐑🐑🐙🐑🐑🐑
¿Buscas un espacio así para tu peque? Ven a conocernos.🥰
When your almost 3 yr old gets his head stuck in the chair!!!!! Oh my gosh, we were sitting at the table and I look up and he somehow maneuvered his head between that space in the chair. I called my husband and he came home. We tried to rotate and maneuver his head to get him out. His ears kept getting stuck. We put coconut oil all over the sides of his head, ears, and chair...still no way out! 😟After awhile, he started to panic! My husband cut the chair with his saw to get him out.
Our Monday Adventure.......
Don't mind the shredded green onions and ziploc bag under our table. Our dog brought the green onion in from outside, then shredded the ziploc bag...😳
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Today, our family attended the funeral of a 60yo man, gone too soon, loved by so very many. As people shared their stories of him, and recounted memories forged together, and told stories of HIS stories, my 13yo, Audrey, tapped me on the shoulder and whispered this in my ear. It's a concept we covered earlier this year, on our #homeschooling journey. In that instant, she deeply understood something deep that, earlier this year, were just words. Our friend is gone, and so many of his stories are now lost forever. ❤️😢❤️
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“I’m from Belgium and last year was my first teaching in the Dominican Republic. For another teacher’s birthday I wanted to get her a book. She really likes reading. I went to look for a book in our town. It was almost impossible to find a bookstore. I finally I found one place. I was thinking that I could get her a really great children's book with beautiful drawings. There were no books at all for children. The only books for kids were workbooks.
The education results are so bad here, especially for reading. How can they improve their reading if they don’t have access to books? I find most of the children at our school really like reading and storytelling. But also many kids don't like it because all they have are boring workbooks to read. There’s just not a reading culture here.
So I had an idea to start a library. A couple other people are helping now to get it going. We want to appeal to people who can't afford to go to the bigger towns to buy books.
There are some organizations in the United States who can donate old books for free and then we would just have to pay for the shipping.
We even created a survey that we sent to many people through WhatsApp to see if there is any interest. For now we have twenty-four responses and they’re all very positive.
Monday after school I will go to the park and try to interview people to get some more input. One of the main questions is, “Would you prefer a permanent location or a mobile location like a bus?”
I think we'll go with the bus because then we can go to the poorer neighbourhoods where they wouldn’t get the information or they couldn’t afford pay for transportation to the city centre. Every day of the week we could be in another location. I already know some people who can put on a little puppet theatre and do some storytelling on a Saturday morning at a park.
I just want the kids to get excited about reading and stories.” #learning#school#education#teacher#travel#kids#teachersofinstagram#iteach#weareteachers#teacherlife#teachersfollowteachers#teacherblogger#teachersofig#Dominicanrepublic#caribbean#tourism#travelgram#traveling#homeschooling#inspiration#esl#elementary#reading
Laundry is fun, right? Well, maybe when you’re 5, which is kind of the point. My hope is to teach the kids real-life skills when they’re actually interested in helping with housework. I sometimes forget how capable they are, and I have to remind myself to get them involved—even when I know it will take me twice as long. Also, when children help and contribute, they feel proud of themselves and have a sense of purpose. Why is it that cleaning up toys doesn’t seem to spark as much enthusiasm? 😂🤦🏼♀️
5 33 hours ago
I’m here for the girl who doesn’t give up....
I’m here for the girl who keeps showing up, keeps reading the books, keeping listening to the podcasts, keeps saying.... how do I MOVE forward? How do I grow?
I’m here to do big, scary things ALONG with you.... even when I’m trembling, and scared, and feeling like crying one second and then crazy dancing like a monkey in the living room with my kids the next....
I’m here for the comeback story. Stronger BECAUSE of the hardship.
What if I fail? What will people think? We ALL fail, sister. But it makes the GETTING UP that much more inspiring.
I want to inspire you to get up at 5 AM, and make those DREAMS HAPPEN.
I got pink drink in my mug, and a big goal on my mind. And the countdown starts N O W.
(Details in my stories. ❤️)
3 1514 hours ago
We all make mistakes.
Sometimes you mess up.
What are you making it mean?
My brain on default makes it mean that something has gone wrong. Something is wrong with me. I should know better.
Those thoughts cause me to feel terrible.
When I feel terrible, I show up in a way that is not true to myself and may act terrible.
It is a self fulfilling prophecy.
When I think "something is wrong with me" I show up in a way that makes it so something IS wrong with me.
It is fascinating to watch.
My brain still does this on default, but the work I am doing is to notice it and stop it's progression.
I do this by asking this question: What am I making it mean? ...When my kids don't listen?
...When my house is a mess?
...When I don't finish the things on my list?
...When my kids fight?
...When I yell at my kids?
...etc. (there is no shortage of areas my brain is freaking out over)
Turns out, my brain makes it mean that something has gone very, very wrong...but has it?
Deep down I know that it hasn't:
Life is supposed to have challenges. We are supposed to make mistakes. Kids are not supposed to listen all the time. They are supposed to fight. It is how they learn. I am supposed to fail at parenting. It is how I learn.
So I take a deep breath.
I allow my life to unfold in a way I wouldn't have chosen.
I don't make it mean anything terrible.
I relax into it.
That process IS the way to peace.
Peace doesn't come from everyone and everything happening the way I want it to. It comes from allowing it to happen the way it does without resistance.
I can make it mean that something has gone wrong, or I can make it mean that I am right on track.
I choose the later.
I choose peace.
I choose to love my life, chaos and all.
I hope you love your beautifully chaotic life today.
What are you learning about in science right now?
We are continuing to study Marie Tharp and how she mapped the ocean floor! Today we made this jar with the layers of the ocean to help illustrate the amount of light that gets through the different layers! 🤚Raise your hand if you’d like to learn how to make your own!
Tomorrow we will be doing a tour of our homeschool space, so be sure to pop back over to check it out!
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😭😭And just like that, my baby is FOUR. 😭😭 I can't dwell on his growing up right now or I will be in tears again so instead let's focus on how adorable he is with the "Finn-Finn baby"I made him for his birthday(in matching mama made knits and birthday crowns, of course). A memory popped up on facebook that stopped me in my tracks. It was dated 3 days before his birth in 2016 and said- " How is it at 38 weeks with hardly any room left, this little guy is STILL going sideways and doing somersaults?! Doesn't he know that is a tad bit uncomfortable for his mama when he is so big? I might have a high energy boy on my hands. "
If I had only known then that he would be my tiniest baby ever due to my placenta dying and that he was moving so uncomfortably because the cord was wrapped around his neck and he was running out of amniotic fluid. Thank God for protecting him and bringing him earthside safely. He was my miracle from the start and I shall never forget it! I love him more than words could ever convey.Oh and for the record, he is my most high energy child! 😂
It’s winter pond week with #exploringnaturewithchildren and if your pond is icy cold and a visit won’t happen it might be a lovely week to read The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher and pull out some of your favorite resources.
These are some of my very favorite resources to add to your studies for this week! Simply click the image to view the small shops for each product.
But in the middle of January, the longest month it can also be a gift to study C O N T E N T M E NT too. The most beautiful opportunities often weave themselves into our lives in pages of Tales. Opportunities to gather, listen, apply, and journey!
Happy Pond Week. Happy Reading. Happy Tales to you.
"And sometimes life is just hard, and some days are just rough and sometimes you just gotta cry before you can move forward...(and all of that is okay)." - Unknown .
For those of you who are currently homeschooling through difficult times and feeling like you are not doing "enough" know that you are not alone. It's okay to not have it all together every single day. It's okay to cancel school and have a movie day once in awhile. And it's okay to admit that some days are hard. This does not mean you are failing. It doesn't mean that your children would be better off in a regular school. It means that you are human...and since you are raising little humans it's probably okay for them to know that bad days happen to us all. And when they do happen they will see first hand that it is okay to be gentle with yourself, it's okay to redirect and it's okay to take a break.
So whether you currently love this homeschool life or are considering sending your children to public school, whether your kids have a limited amount of screen time or way too much, whether you have an over the top school room or prefer to just do school from the couch, whether you have an overflowing nature corner or can't stand the thought of all that stuff in the house: you, mama, are doing an amazing job! When it's all said and done and it's time for our children to leave our homes most of them will not remember the amount of screen time they were allowed or how beautifully decorated their homeschool classroom was. What they will remember is their parent or teacher who stuck beside them through the hard things, who taught them how to persevere and persist in a gentle and loving way, and who encouraged and loved them no matter what their progress was. So, my dear friend, do those things. And you will always be doing enough💛
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Such a peaceful moment captured here; a look of concentration on her sweet face. Pause for a moment this morning and just observe your child… notice the way she moves her mouth quietly as she reads, the way he holds his paintbrush, the way she carefully sets up little scenes for her dolls. And then remind yourself how special and privileged these homeschooling days are. We can’t slow down time, but we can savor the ordinary moments and choose to remember them as extraordinary - because we are together at home, and what’s nicer than that? Happy Monday ✨
Valentine’s Day shelfie tour! 💕. As I’ve mentioned before, in February I am all about heart ev 👏 ery 👏 thing 👏. Who’s with me?! Today I’m sharing a bunch of our favorite Valentines Day books. We moved off the Spread Love Challenge books for a minute (though these titles can easily work for the #bnmspreadlove challenge) to share books with you that focus more of featuring this fun holiday because you’ve been asking for them and I know some of you gift your kids books for Valentine’s Day. (A tradition I can totally get behind!). For a list, head to the link in my profile. You can also look up our lists on “love” as well as our list for “February” from our Year of Picture Books. 🙌🏻