Category Archives: fun in the sun

Still Summering (& a school plan)

We are still summering and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

Yes, while there are many philosophical reasons (in line with classical Pre-Cartesian philosophy) for our decision to home educate, I have to be completely honest, a big reason this whole “homeschooling” thing appealed to me was the freedom and the flexibility. Once we discovered the CLAA, a program where I am not the teacher, I repeat, I am NOT the one creating a curriculum, preparing materials and grading papers but rather the facilitator (& co-student) of a method and style of learning that has proven to be great over centuries, the whole reality seemed so much more exciting! Uh, beach day, I mean, field trip any day of the week to learn about barnacles, horseshoe crabs and brachiopods, I’m in! Sure it’s a lot of work to have them with me almost around the clock but the last thing I want to do be doing is loading and unloading soon-to-be 4 kids ages 5 and under for daily drop off and pick up. I also realize this is the only time in my journey as full-time mommy where the biggest little is only 5 and the pressures aren’t quite as great for academics and keeping to a strict schedule as say when Spicy is studying Rhetoric and Dialectic, Sweet is beginning Latin Grammar 1 and Serious is mastering the Latin alphabet 😉 so you better believe I’m gonna take advantage and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime stage. Sure, it’s draining but it’s also so, so incredibly wonderful to be able to walk on the beach, enjoying my momma and a fresh cinnamon roll the size of my head as we become children again and just enjoy the present moment. Or be apart of his first … falling asleep on the swing…

 But with all the talk about school starting and the “school year”, I figured I should come up with a “plan” for Spicy. Truth is, we never really took a whole 3 month summer vacation from schooling or learning. We just slowed things down a bit and filled in the gaps with lots of practice in various learning/activity books, including a Grade 1-2 beginning Physics Experiment book that she absolutely loves (all from the dollar bin at Target) and lots and lots of reading. Believe it or not, she can read a whole chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by herself, yeah the same one I think I read in 4th grade! Here you are reading the “Tiny Bear Bible” Book:

Ah yes, and lots and lots of socializing, you know, to make up for the lack of “socialization” that goes on with homeschooled kids. 😉 So, here goes. My plan/goal is to finish up the CLAA Petty School by Thanksgiving at which point we will take a break (1-3 months if necessary while she reviews her notebook of all Petty School lessons) as we all adjust and transition into our new family of 6. Then, probably sometime before her 6th birthday (Spring I’m guessing), Spicy will start in the CLAA Core Curriculum including Latin Grammar 1 (the course daddy is struggling through although insists Spicy will have an easier time than he), Arithmetic and Catechism 1. That’s it! Sounds pretty simple and actually, it is!

So, although we squeezed in a lesson today while the babies were napping, that looked something like this (After the 38 slides of intense content):

…There will continue to be plenty of opportunities for this (especially as the beaches become less crowded)…

Hmmm, yeah I think that plan sounds good, mommy…


Vacation Home

It’s our home away from home. After we drop off daddy in the morning (which have actually evolved into my favorite mornings, working side by side to get diapers changed, bottles made, coffee poured and get piled into the car seamlessly in about 15 minutes, then praying together as a family and our rare spousal… Continue Reading


Finally, an activity that keeps them all in one space for more than 10 minutes. Something that keeps one from running off to play with blocks and balls on one side of the house because she actually enjoys playing alone, while the other is running outside and the third is  sneaking off into the bathroom… Continue Reading

Spring is Here!

And we’re so excited!For us, Spring means lots of outdoor play lots of exploring and observing… It means finding unexpected treasures And it means we take schoolwork outdoors It means we have fruit to pick And it means whether they are tossing the ball around, playing with play-doh or fighting over the broom, these 2… Continue Reading

Summer Time Fun!

I don’t think these 3 know just how lucky blessed they are… Where can you go to take a break from work? Where can you drive 7 miles and be in paradise? …To be entertained by the world’s biggest canon ball splash  (me, exaggerating? maybe just a tad, no offense, Dad) …To receive free swimming… Continue Reading

Second Chances

Today I lugged 60 pounds of sugar and spice and everything nice to the park in our neighborhood. I was a little extremely reluctant after our last experience at the park which involved an overly tired tot expressing her contempt over leaving so audibly that I am positive every house in the Brentwood track could… Continue Reading

Terrific Tuesday

Unfortunately, I had to turn down a super fun invitation to hang out with Auntie Carrie, the B-man and our long lost friend from Junior High, Ashley and her daughter Zoie. But we made the most of the day anyway  Our home-made Spectrum fountain…  Practicing her pirouettes for Auntita and Neenee… Not pictured: Momma sweatin… Continue Reading