Back-to-School Vibes

It’s that time of year again: Return to the cadence of rhythm and routine, of cool morning fog, rain showers, sun-breaks, and shadowy evenings; of boots and sweaters and football and hearty stews, of apples and pumpkin spice and… school. 

This year I’m teaching an eighth grader, a sixth grader, and a first grader– heaven help our homeschool. Here’s the verse we’re fixin’ our minds on: “Do not conform any longer to the patterns of the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind– then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2

We carried our reading, writing, and arithmetic, field trips and backyard science through the break, but mostly it was a season of raucous adventure. From my vantage, we effectively squeezed every last drop of fun from our busy summer. Officially back in the school saddle, we’re praying it’s a fruitful, peace-filled year at home (and out & about) together.

Some pics of recent happenings: 

hand-knit hat; natural smile
can you spy three homeschoolers?

reading while baking
fun new stamps

painting water lilies & learning claude monet’s non-conforming (of the time) impressionistic style


“this is my alpaca!”

husband built us a lego table, so we can keep projects out yet maintain some semblance of order

science co-op

Check out this guest post I wrote for adoption champions No Hands But Ours on Attachment Through the Years.

“Just an ‘Ordinary’ Family” (click pic for link)

And for What to Read Wednesday, a few book recommends: 

The Art of Racing in the Rain – a precious & skillfully written novel from the first person perspective of an astute & faithful labrador. Charming.

The Well-Educated Mind – by undisputed homeschool guru Bauer, this is a brilliant “master playlist” of classic literature to be sure to include in your personal & homeschool reading.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – I recall reading this as a new release when I was ten, we’re now enjoying the adventurous tale (and rich language) of courage and transformation aloud together.

Cozy Minimalist Home – Heart eyes! I got a sneak peek of the intro & first chapter of this awesome upcoming book and can-not waaaait to get my mitts on a copy come October. Myqullin speaks my actual love language, it’s no wonder she has a cult-like following online.


What to Read Wednesday is hosted on these fabulous blogs:

Anne at Learning Table

If you’d like to join us as a co-host for What to Read Wednesday, please contact Anne.

Click here to see a complete list of our What to Read Wednesday book topics. This is a great resource for planning themed unit studies or for encouraging your child’s current interests!

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  1. […] and just as we were gaining momentum on our back-to-school schedule! Still, we managed to squeeze in plenty of reading between body aches, hot baths, and laundering of […]

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