In our family, we have never given out an allowance. Our children have "chores," but they're more just daily tasks that need to be done to keep the house running smoothly, such as...making the beds, vacuuming, tidying the toys, feeding the dog, set/clear the table etc...
We think children need to feel apart of a family unit and contribute to the household. This wasn't something I started thinking about early on, it's kind of something that I stumbled on out of necessity. Truth be told, as a homeschooling mom, my type A personality has been put to the test. My house isn't always clean, neat and orderly. Most often, it's messy, and very lived it. I don't have the luxury of tidying and scrubbing down the house on the weekend and have it somewhat untouched throughout the week while kids are off to school and parents at work. Our home is lived in 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. There is no lull in the week when things remain exactly where you left them...our home is our classroom.
I came from a very tidy and super clean (almost on the border of OCD) home. My mom is Mrs. Clean. She is meticulous about cleanliness; a hard feat to live up to. Because my chosen vocation entails messes, experiments, scissors, glue etc...my house is not the picture of organized perfection.
Having said all this, I do realize that in order to run a tight ship, there must be some system to this organized chaos...cue the trumpets!!
I'm learning along the way as we tread forward on this journey. I'm ultimately learning to "let go"; let go of my expectations of a nice house, let go of the dream of a clean kitchen floor, let go of worrying that my children cannot help with big chores, like wash cabinets.
Being apart of a homeschooling family definitely has its challenges but oh boy does it have its rewards. I'm so grateful I get to spend my days with my children...even when the laundry is piled up and the toilet bowl has a ring around it. I'm positive, these are not the things my children will remember when they look back. They WILL remember their mommy reading to them, taking them to the park and laying on the bed tickling in the middle of the day.
That's how we roll around here! :)
Science experiments in the Campedelli abode are welcomed with great eagerness and excitement. This week we performed two of them. One was a rain cloud experiment and the other one was a tornado in a jar. We're studying "weather" in science...so these experiments were very fitting.
I think children learn best from DOING rather than reading about it or completing worksheets.
The rain cloud was represented by the shaving cream. We then added food coloring to act as moisture. When the "cloud" absorbed too much "moisture", it then released it and started to "rain".
It was a pretty neat way to demonstrate the water cycle so that they could understand it.
I encourage you to create science in your house and allow your kids explore and be apart of their own learning.
The birds are chirping, the days are longer and you can smell spring in the air. There's much needed vitamin D in this here part of the world; let's just say the lack of sunshine definitely slows us down. As the sun peeks through my windows and shines light on projects that need to be done...I'm feeling a sense of motivation and rejuvenation. Rooms need organizing, clothes need purging and cupboards need washing...however amongst all this spring cleaning, there needs to be time for park play, nature walks and soaking up the rays.
Happy spring to you and yours...
One of the glorious things about homeschooling is that ordinary, spontaneous events occur. Things that wouldn't normally happen while kids are school.
This week...in the midst schoolwork, chores, lunches and reading...my children got to have a bubble bath after lunch on Monday and play Penny Football after school work on Thursday.
I treasure these moments with my kids. I'm thankful that God implanted the seed of homeschooling in my heart many years ago. I don't take one day for granted!
Hello and welcome!
I am a wife and mother to three amazing children. I live in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. where I homeschool our kidlets. I'm striving to be the best mom I can...while at the same time learning more about myself. Come join me on this journey as I live, laugh and learn together with my children!