Today was a good, loud, busy day at home. Kaya had her girlfriend C over, two other boys came over who are 11 and 7 and since I had made oatmeal-peanut butter cookies Rafa and Tono (our two toddler neighbor boys) came over to help us eat those – so it was a busy “whirlwindy” type of day today. The kids played “Can’t Stop” which is an addition board game. Then they worked on art projects. I got out stacks of magazines, saved paper, glue, scissors and box tops and they all worked on making collages in the box tops. Kaya made this one:
Treska was here talking with much enthusiasm about the book she is reading right now by Grace Llewellyn called “The Teenage Liberation Handbook” She loves it so much. She just left to drive up to the farm that is at higher altitude than we are to get some watermelon seeds that apparently do very well in this high altitude and short growing season that we have here. It has a very black peel and deep red, juicy interior. We are excited to grow them. She went up with Marcy and Jenny squished in the back between two car seats and two toddlers.
We are in the planning states of our small farm that we are beginning this year. We already have the chickens and are anxiously awaiting our first eggs. We are planting the 2 1/2 acre field behind our house with an abundance of food – so we are starting to think about seeds , CSAs, compost, and ploughing. The kids made little paper mache seedling starter pots all day yesterday and Treska’s been collecting yogurt containers for her own seedling business. It’s exciting to think of everything beginning to thaw out, melt and little green sprouts popping up everywhere. I feel so excited about this project and a little nervous about all the work as well. I think if we just take one day at a time. Starter pots, soil, seeds, water, sprouts, plants, transplants, buds, flowers, fruit…. Little tiny steps with a big goal in mind. It’s wonderful and incredibly rewarding watching the girls, especially Treska, becoming more and more involved with gardening.
We watched Treska become so immersed and successful in her garden last year. She spent her free time out there weeding and just watching. Our neighbors would joke about seeing Treska in her garden just watching it grow. How could we send her back to school in this lovely August weather just as everything was blooming and beginning to produce?
It was such an organic decision to not send them back to school. I felt it in my gut – in my heart. I had never even thought about the possibility of homeschooling. Never questioned the institution…. I just knew that my children became my children again in the summers. They became alive, happier, relaxed, interested, curious, and energetic. It was the perfect decision. I am so happy having my children at home. They are learning immensely. Piano, dancing, baking and cooking, math, history, reading and writing now in German (they already speak it fluently), gardening, reading, arts and crafts, knitting and crocheting and socializing with friends make our days rich.