You’re probably raising an eyebrow, especially if you know my daughter is two. Of course we didn’t go back to school. We’re not doing any kind of pre-school or daycare though, so we are not going “back to school” in that regard either. So what does “not-back-to-school” look like for us?
My daughter has recently been very interested in stained glass, so for our morning homeschool activity we made a “stained glass” window for our house. I’ve seen this done with colored tissue paper, or translucent paints on glass, but we did the quick and easy toddler version of a stained glass craft with supplies I had around the house.
what you’ll need:
- saran wrap
- tempera or acrylic paints
- masking tape or painter’s tape
- piece of paper
1. How did you celebrate the 4th of July? (Or, for you international types . . . Do anything fun this weekend?)
This year, we celebrated with a festive dinner (sausages on buns, potato salad, green salad, watermelon, and pickles). I didn’t take any pictures of our dinner because frankly I just sort of threw it together last minute.
We also did this…
Because I felt like we should do some sort of homeschool activity. Here’s where I got the idea, and the instructions for this 4th of July craft.
Dear frazzled, sick of the morning routine, overworked, busy parents of school aged children:
I recently read an article on Scary Mommy where this understandably tired out mama listed off the reasons why she didn’t want to homeschool, or be made to feel guilty about her decision not to. To her I say, I support you in whatever you need to do for your family… but just because your morning routine is a mess and your 3.5 yr old isn’t potty trained, doesn’t mean you can’t homeschool.
Homeschooling is not an option for every family. I 100% understand that; I am so thankful that there are kind and intelligent teachers who are willing to teach other people’s children. Even if it is a real, viable, option for your family and you choose not to homeschool… I respect that! I’m all for freedom of choice. I think it’s important to understand when making that decision, that homeschooling does not look like the crazy mornings, jam packed weekends, or even the summer breaks of schooling life. If it were that hard all the time, none of us would do it. Really.
Yesterday I was sitting at my dining table talking about motherhood with a friend I hadn’t seen in about 5 years, (the amazing writer, journalist, radio lady Kate Powell) and we were discussing how much harder parenting was before my baby could speak. One of the most important things I think I have ever helped my daughter to learn is to say what she is feeling. Once Miriam first began to learn how to express feelings and needs, she was happier, more comfortable, and had this “aha” moment where she understood that we cared what she was thinking and feeling, and that she could communicate those things to us.
Katie and I joked around that many 40 year olds don’t know how to express their feelings, and it’s much harder to learn at that point. Unfortunately, this is very true. Somehow in all the education we receive as young people, talking about what we feel and what we need can fall through the cracks.