There are so many great resources for homeschooling out there. Specifically, the quality of lessons and workbooks and units for every age group is, in my opinion, amazing. I want to share the Full Nature Guides from Brave Grown Home. Each set includes an art poster, fact cards, and mini illustrations. Ashley, the mother and business owner of Brave Grown Home paints all of the original posters and illustrations herself and she is so talented. I have the solar system set my kids love the illustrations. I have also been a relying (heavily) on The Good & The Beautiful language arts curriculum for the last couple of years and the kids and I both looooove it.
As Milly and RJ get older (Milly turns 5 tomorrow!), I have been really trying to not only hold them more accountable for their belongings and their things. As an only child, I quickly learned that my mistakes were MINE; there was no way around that. With my kids having an easy ‘scape goat in their sibling, responsibility is always being passed around in our house. Here is a good article from Parent’s Magazine that I enjoyed; it gave me a good foundation on this topic and highlighted some areas that I could adjust in.
If you are like me and take a million pictures of your kids on your phone, take the time to store them correctly for longevity. Eventually, look into printing some of those cute candid photos but until then, keep them safe.
‘A Year of Positive Thinking…’ book by Cyndie Spiegel has many gems up for the taking but the April 9th excerpt was meaningful for my journey through motherhood and came right when I needed it so I thought I’d share. It reads:
JUDGEMENT. Condemnation doesn’t teach others a lesson. Instead it hardens the heart and creates separation in the exact place that connection is needed. When your first reaction is to disapprove of someone’s choice, make an effort to be more kind instead. Withhold judgement.
Leighanne Scheuermann is a mom and reading and learning specialist in Texas. She is for hire but also shares loads of wisdom on her website Written & Bound. RJ and Milly are both working on BOB reading books so her recommendations on books to read after completion was really helpful.
I absolutely loooove Chip & Joanna Gaines. I have been following their work since Fixer & Upper and I still watch the reruns of that show. They created a children’s book We Are The Gardeners and the blog post linked gives some insight on how their kids helped in the making! This is the perfect Spring book to gift your children. (Maybe, a Easter basket stuffer?!)
The drive from San Antonio to the family ranch is about 6 hours long; not an amount of time I take lightly…especially while driving with my two very active children in the back. If I’m lucky, we get on the road very early or right after lunch and they sleep for at least half of the ride.
Red needed to handle some business on the ranch for a couple of weeks and, since we had been talking about wanting to make a trip, I took this as the perfect opportunity to pack myself and the kids up and make it a family trip. The country side is so beautiful this time of year; all of the pretty purple and pink flowers make the drive pretty enjoyable.There are soooo many colts around and I am dyiiiiinnnnng. They are so stinkin’ cute; luckily, the mama horses let us get close enough to enjoy their company. Yes, the mama instincts are to protect their babies by any means necessary but these horses are so use to the TLC of the family that we don’t make them as weary or aggressive as they would be around strangers. Milly is a natural with animals. RJ enjoys their company and thinks that they are cool and all but Milly imprints on animals, I’m sure of it. They naturally start to approach her and are so calm….horses, goats, ducks, butterflies, everything.
We’ve been here for about 8 days and I think it’s about time for us to head back to the city but, man, do I love this ranch life.
It’s bittersweet since our plan at the beginning of last year was to plant roots here for the next several years but things change and I love being back in San Antonio with my family friends while still being able to make the drive to soak up this little slice of country heaven.