Treehouse School: Weeks 9 & 10
On Homeschool Mondays, I'll be sharing a glimpse into our schoolroom and what we're working on. This year we have a Second-grader, a Kindergartner, and a Toddler in our classroom.
When I was a classroom teacher, each school year looked different. Each student brought their unique energy to the classroom, and each class had its own joys & works-in-progress. Our homeschooling year is very similar- with its own joys and trials, with so much learning for all of us (especially the teacher!).
One of the joys this year is watching this little one grow up in the full company of her siblings. Relationships is one of the reasons we chose to homeschool, and it's something we lean on during the hard days. That at least we're going through it together, and we'll have stronger bonds for it. Esther is very close with her siblings, and it's so fun to watch. She's been allowed to explore our yard with them one-on-one lately, with Mama keeping a watchful eye from the window. The big kids take turns leading her around & showing their masterpieces to her- the mud pie goodness abounds this year- or demonstrating how to balance on the stumps we sank this summer. They're also teaching her their chores! Like the toddlers before her, she loves being helpful and doing "real work." Mama definitely loves it, too- unless it's precariously balancing on a stool to be "helpful" at the counter. Loving her takes both eyes and ears these days (wink).
I just remembered that Billy had his own bookbag of busy activities for schooltime, which would be very handy to assemble again! Here are some busy activities we've enjoyed:
Busy Bag Numbers
Plastic Baggie Painting
Sewing with Leaves
(The Sewing with Leaves is a fun way to explore the season with older homeschoolers, too!)
And, of course, there are trials as well. Of not feeling like enough sometimes, spread out between three kids and part-time work and a husband with over-flowing work duties of his own. Of giving up the idea of a clean house to the reality of a lived-in one. All those little adjustments we make in our life, and within our hearts, for the little ones we share them with. Tweaking them to make everything fit, which works out better some days than others.
At the end of a long day, when things weren't fitting very well, this moment arrived. It was a day of short tempers and long hours, and I was feeling pretty discouraged until I glanced over the staircase to see this. The three of them living life & sharing a pot of tea together. And the reminder that some days will be long and hard, but we are in it together.
And there's no better place to be.
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