July 25, 2014

Preparing For Fall: Environment

The prepared environment is the back bone of Montessori and I think I spent most of last year going back and forth about our schooling location.  I liked it, then I loathed it.  I would make little changes and then I would go back and make bigger ones.   Each time feeling a little closer to success, but not feeling quite like I had things the way I wanted just yet.

Then towards the end of the spring, I decided to make a radical shift in our homeschool set-up.   We moved everything out of our dining room and into our basement, where we have more space to spread out.  I was worried about feeling closed in downstairs and the lack of natural light (although there is a fair amount) but upstairs I was having a hard time keeping some of the older kid materials safe from youngest kid fingers.

July 23, 2014

Refresh Your Summer Giveaway #2- Fundamental Needs of Humans Chart

Sometimes I think I should never ever tell you, as my readers, what I plan to do in this space!  I try to do the whole build excitement thing, but as a mom first, life always seems to get in the way of my well laid plans.  Without further delay or introduction, later than intended and out of order, I present to you Refresh Your Summer Giveaway #2!

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July 18, 2014

On The Dignity of EVERY Athlete

For the first time, this year, my son Caleb competed in the special abilities ring at a tae kwon do tournament.  For those who aren't aware, Caleb has autism.   On a good day, Caleb is very high functioning and it may not be quickly apparent to those around us.  On other days, sensory issues and anxiety can overwhelm our entire family.

Participating in the structure of a tae kwon do class has been a huge benefit to Caleb socially and physically since he began almost 4 years ago.  His motor skills alone have improved tremendously, from balance, to strength, to general coordination.  Not to mention the security of a structured class setting.  In the beginning he would rarely acknowledge his classmates.  I remember one week where he stood in the corner for an hour refusing to participate because he had a cut on his finger.  Person after person, came to invite him in, and again and again he repeated, "I have a cut on my finger."

July 15, 2014

One Kickin' Weekend

Prepare for Tae Kwon Do photo, video, and commentary overload.....

Wednesday
We flew out from our smaller regional airport after scoring better deals than the bigger Twin Cities airport.  This is how close we were able to park to the front door of the terminal.  Crazy!  Caleb was great on the plane, with only a little sensory/ear issues on the way down from our second leg.

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July 9, 2014

Another Inspiring Title: Same Life, New Story


I recently (as in, over the last 3 or 4 years) reviewed the book Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious as a part of the BookLook Bloggers program.  In exchange for an honest review, I was provided with a free copy of the book.  Which I lost in all of our moves, so I ended up purchasing the kindle version so I could finish the review.... and I'm glad I did.

July 7, 2014

Refresh Your Summer Giveway #1- Faith

Over the next month, I will be doing a mini-series of refresh your summer giveaways.  Each week or two weeks I will be focusing on one of the cornerstones of this blog:  Faith.  Family.  Montessori.  I will have a corresponding giveaway, reviews of other products/items, posts focused on that aspect of our life as it is right this moment, etc.  Up first (as it is the MOST important one, without which all of the others fall miserably short) is faith.

June 30, 2014

What I'm Reading

In case you didn't already know this about me, I'm a prolific reader.  Probably in the neighborhood of several dozen books a month minimum, although I don't usually keep track.   I like to read lots of variety and I thought it might be fun to share a glimpse of what I've been reading, along with my always witty and charming commentary.