One area that I’ve wanted to write more about on Elasticpantcity is our homeschooling journey. Now that we have two boys in school, the time dedicated to learning subjects has picked up exponentially. We’ve been challenged to focus on the 3 R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic by our support teacher through HCOS. So old school, but so essential to early learning. Because Ben and I are creatively minded we would rather draw, build and play our days away and frankly our boys seem to be following suit.
One of the most gratifying parts of homeschooling is being able to take my kids on field trips that are work-related for me but also great learning opportunities for them. Last week I taught them about industry; how there are many types and we specifically delved into the snack making industry. I was invited by Life Bites, a family-friendly North Vancouver company that makes organic, chocolate covered and sprinkled with coconut or hemp seeds, dehydrated banana snacks, to see their factory space. Their snacks are free from fillers and preservatives and deliciously addictive.
Hi friends, it’s been a while! I go through times where I have to step back and decide what the heck am I doing and is it worth while. This blog has always been a great escape for me but sometimes I experience writer’s block and every day life leaves me feeling so very tired. The thought of picking up a camera and creating a story becomes a mountainous endeavour.
Yesterday I hit that sweet spot at The Vancouver Aquarium where the school groups are gone for the day and the place was a ghost town. Enter my three boys and I and we had the run of the roost. I’m slowly moving into a stage of parenting where it’s easier to get out with the kids on my own. The major change is that I don’t have to stop and nurse Ezra while trying to keep an eye on Levi and Jet.
I feel as though I disappeared off the face of the planet and have just landed back in blog land. I had to take time off in July and August in order to get our family set up for the Fall. We are continuing to do school at home and so I spent a good portion of the month researching school curriculum.
The musty scent of old books in a dimly lit room with shelves towering overhead and dust particles dancing through the air is kind of like heaven, no? The boys and I went with our friend Diane to Lawrence Books in Vancouver where she let Levi pick out an armful of children’s books for his upcoming birthday.
One of my deepest desires in homeschooling Levi is to foster an appreciation of art in him. It turns out it won’t be much of a challenge. He spends hours every day creating detailed drawings of his world. His work is amazing (I know I’m biased).