Wednesday, June 24, 2009

little birds

Once I saw a little bird Come hop, hop, hop
And I cried, "Little Bird, Will you stop, stop, stop?"

I was going to the window
To say, "How do you do?"
When he shook his little tail
and away he flew.

Recently, a whole lot of school showed up on our doorstep in brown boxes . It came from here, here and here. Tristan is so excited about "doing school", as he calls it, he wants to dive right into every book he sees. It doesn't matter that it's summertime, school is just something fun you do whenever you want -right? What else do you do on rainy days or when the heat is bad enough to drive you in from the pool? Well, besides watching circa 1984 Transformers episodes? "Let's do some school, mom" he says. I'm just fine with his approach, so we're digging into a few things here and there when we feel like it with Kenna even playing along at times...a little math, a lot of reading and these cute bird mitts for their nursery rhymes Literature Pockets.
I'm looking at these piles of new books and materials strewn across my dining room table and feeling slightly overwhelmed by the task/opportunity/adventure/blessing/long road ahead. I pass by it thinking "and why couldn't I just buy him a new backpack and shoes and send him off on the school bus to kindergarten?" I guess I'm not ready for any of my little birds to leave the nest just yet. Call me selfish but I'm enjoying them too much and I want to be the one who gets to teach them to fly.

I want to "do school" too, Tristan. Count me in.


  1. So, so cool Kel. Will you teach my kids? You do the elementary school part, and I will tackle high school. We'll ship 'em off for junior high. (hahaha)

  2. HAHA! Yes,Sara, perfect plan!
    I will most definitely need your help with math and science in a few years.

  3. When I get a chance, I want to check out the websites you linked....I think homeschooling sounds intriguing (and part of me thinks it would be very rewarding), but I'll definitely have to see what our lives look like at that point. I'm interested to see how it goes for you guys. I love the little fun! It'll be fun when Grant enjoys doing crafts....right now he is only interested in cars and tools!

  4. You may be overwhelmed by the task/opportunity/adventure/blessing/long road ahead, but you'll never be regretful, I can assure you. Have fun "doing school" and be amazed at how much you'll learn the second or third time around and how it seems the material is much more interesting with your own life experience behind it.

  5. That sounds exciting Kelli! We are starting first grade with Joshua the end of July. I am not a "fly by the seat of your pants" girl, so we are doing My Father's World. Maybe we can do some field trips together...

  6. Yes, Laura, Raleigh flea market! Oh wait you mean field trips for the kids...
    that would be fun too for sure:)

    Sharon, thank you for the encouragement from someone who has been there. There is definitely so much in the Veritas curriculum that I am excited to go through myself -no doubt I will learn a lot.

  7. Oh yeah, I forgot about the Raleigh flea market. We were just there about two weeks ago. HOT. Maybe we can plan something end of September!!


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