How about with the news that we are all officially a family now?!
Our adoption was finalized a couple of weeks ago, and we were so happy to share the news with the littles.
No more moving around.
No more uncertainty.
We are forever a family!
We stepped away for a few days to spend some time together, see family, and just rejoice in the moment.
And now we are back home and nack to our normal routine:)
But I missed the Not Back to School photo week and the day in a life blog hop.
So, I'm making up for it today!
We plan- the girls tell me what they want to learn...not so I can control their learning, but so I can best support them in what they want to know. A. is pretty focused and driven and wants to tackle the basic high school courses but still have time to do the things she loves, like drawing, photography, music, and volunteering. M. wants to practice all of her instruments every day (piano, violin, guitar, ukelele, and mandolin) while dabbling in other things like reading or math or baking when she feels like it. Little Miss H. just wants to do "art and projects" and also "learn to read ALL the words"...pretty much right on for kindergarten, I'd say:)
We read together- I read aloud to the littles at nap and at bedtime everyday and sometimes throughout the day. I still read out loud the the older girls too:)
We don't schedule our day- Parts of our day have to be scheduled to a certain degree (like daily quiet time is a must for my sanity;) but "school" doesn't start at a certain time since we learn all day every day. Overall, each day here has its own flow rather than a rigid routine.
We do hands-on, multisensory activities every day- art, crafts, games, blocks, cooking, experiments, nature study and/or puzzles every single day.
We allow uninterrupted time for play and pursuing projects- some days this is easier than others, but if we have a busy afternoon (i.e, volleyball practice and piano lessons) then we spend all morning at home to balance out the day and slow the pace.
We try to spend time outside everyday (weather permitting, but really...short of a tornado, we are getting outside;)
We utilize teachable moments and learn together- if we don't know something we look it up. I don't make it an assignment, I just show an interest in knowing the answer too. We look things up together. We talk about the things we are learning and discovering throughout the day.
We get out- We go to the park, museums, our homeschool group, church, the library, the zoo, and other places in the community...not every day, but often enough.
And here's a peek into our day today: