Our Homeschool in Pictures | January


[I]t’s a mighty act of human love to remind somebody that they can accomplish things by themselves, and that the world does not automatically owe them any reward, and that they are not as weak and hobbled as they may believe. 
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

narration + copywork about Jamestown

icy window panes

early breakfast routines begin again

an illustrated title for their collaborative newspaper

simmering bone broth

steadfast morning math + Latin lessons

light breaking through moody skies

Algebra practice on the wall

signs of green

outlining ideas on William Bradford

handmade spoon dolls

ukulele practice

read aloud with a cauliflower soup lunch

drawing practice

sculpting clay canoes + sailing ships

narration + copywork about Jamestown

cozy reading in bed

more images : #cloisteredaway_homeschooling



• Liam •

The Lord of the Rings (again) / To Kill a Mockingbird / Born Again

• Burke •

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (again) / The Mysterious Benedict Society series / The Secret Garden / The Door in the Wall

• Blythe •

The Way to Bea / Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / William Bradford / Blackthorn Winter / Whatever After, books 5-9

• Olive •

The Penderwicks series (on audiobook) / Finding Providence / The True Story of Pocahontas / Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie /

• Read Aloud •

Tales from Shakespeare / The New Americans / Pocahontas / A History of the US: Making Thirteen Colonies / Three Ships Come Sailing / Three Young Pilgrims / Samuel de Champlain / Pilgrim Stories / 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving / People of the Breaking Day

In effort to pick up my camera more often and record our days together, I am bringing back this series again this year, a few small snippets of our homeschool journey each month, shared with the books we’re reading independently and together. Enjoy the glimpse!

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  1. These homeschool posts are some of my absolute favourite on your blog (next to the posts about your beautiful house). Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  2. I’m recently contemplating the idea of homeschooling my two boys: 8&11. Still not quite feeling confident enough to start but I must admit that something within me is deeply stirring to make big changes in their path of education. Thank you for the inspiration, all be checking in frequently;)

    1. Author

      There are increasingly more and more resources available to help support and encourage those of us who choose this path. I promise it isn’t always easy, but it is rewarding.

  3. This is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing. The pic of your daughter practicing drawing is an exact mirror image of your profile, I think – amazes me how our offspring can resemble us so much!

  4. These photos are so inspiring! I can feel the intention in each one. Thanks for sharing a window into your everyday.

  5. I am so glad you are bringing this back. It has always been a favorite!

    1. Author

      Thank you, Angie. I realized looking back, that it’s one of my favorites too, especially as they are changing so quickly. x

  6. When do you do all of your read alouds? I’m amazed at all the books you read collectively in a month, especially with all their individual books!

    1. Author

      Great question, Jessica! I’m planning to share our current daily schedule soon, but right now, we read aloud for the first 60-90 minutes of our morning. The girls are busy with their hands during this time and freely move around, but it’s a peaceful and consistent way for me to protect our reading time.

  7. Wow I absolutely love this idea! Sometimes I fall into focusing on what didn’t get done at the end of the day. I think doing this would help me focus instead on what DID. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

    1. Author

      There’s absolutely no way that I can keep up with all the in-and-outs of our days. But monthly, this helps me piece a bit more of it together, and to share with those who are curious, too. ;) And I agree, it helps me notice what we ARE accomplishing, rather than focusing on the holes.

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