Native Heritage month

November is Native American heritage month.  Yesterday, we attended a wonderful story and song evening hosted by Debra Morningstar at our nearby art gallery.  She is an Oneida native and part of the turtle clan.  We have a sprinkle of Native American in our family tree, so it was great for the kids to gain that exposure.

After the story time, the kids had a chance to make a story stick.  Owen mainly played with the sticks, but the other kids got very excited about this project and continued to work on it again this morning.

The sticks are intended to tell your story, so you can choose fabric or natural found objects to tell about your history, heritage, or preferences.  The kids were excited to find out that they could even bring their sticks to a real pow-wow.  Of course Caleb wants to attend one now, so locating a public one will be a fun project.

Sunday afternoon

We curled up on the couch reading, the Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis, a captivating novel about a young boy who aspires to be a goldsmith, despite having a cruel step brother who gets him involved in a crime.  For the younger kids we have been enjoying Pelle’s new suit.  Some of our favorite books this week were: the boy who held back the sea, pumpkin jack, the fisherman’s wife (Grimm’s fairy tale), the swamp angel and we are enjoying the King with horse’s ears and other Irish folktales, although I have had to skip a story or two because of our age level.

Owen is always finding ways to use our rainbow silk.  Belle was busy finger knitting and Caleb made us a big fire in the fireplace.

Homeschool sick day

We all struggle, it is inevitable.  But what can we do as homeschooling families when the days don’t go as planned?

D260A3B8-DCAB-41B4-B18D-49F424796C57We can choose to panic, that school won’t go as planned… much like life…. or we can have a new lesson plan for the day and live out peace… as much as we can.

35614DF0-FBFC-4F4F-8B49-40CFD0B7035CThis week, Elise broke 3 bones in her arm.  There were definitely some challenging moments.  However, we took advantage of a slower pace.  We lit candles and a fire in our fireplace.  We sang songs together, read Bible story books.  We had friends over.  And of course we did a lot of crafts.

We may not have checked every box on our curriculum list this week.  But we grew in our relationships and took some time to recover.  I hope my children will grow up and honor the seasons in which they find themselves.  Sometimes you need to dance and sometimes you need to cuddle and sing under blankets.