Childhood is fleeting and I don't want to miss a moment with Henry and Rosie.
One of the benefits of teaching them at home is that we don't have to cram family time into weekends. Homeschooling is a lifestyle choice and I love that it affords us the freedom to spend so much time with our kids.
We're not just giving them an education, we're making memories! We are learning in the forest, at the kitchen table, at the cottage and even in a fort we built in our living room. I love that I get to make learning fun and that I can say YES to building a real robot.
As Henry and Rosie are learning, so am I. Homeschooling is an educational journey for the whole family. When I joined a local homeschool activity co-op, I thought I'd find a group of moms who dressed like they lived in the early 1900s, but instead, I found parents who are educated professionals including teachers and doctors.
Henry and Rosie have no shortage of time with friends-each week they attend Forest School, homeschool co-op, math playgroup, hockey and run club. Sometimes, we actually have to decline invitations so that we can get our homeschooling done.
I can't predict how long our homeschooling journey will continue, but for now, our family has found an amazing opportunity to learn and grow together.
Meanwhile, Fall festivities are in full swing at our house and we've been busy checking activities off of our bucket list; apple picking, bake Grandma June's famous apple pie, have a traditional turkey dinner, visit Pumpkin Inferno at Upper Canada Village...check! check! check! check!
This week, we're looking forward to hosting our cousins and taking them to our local pumpkin patch.
Meanwhile, Halloween costumes are being made, I'm finalizing the menu for a soup SPOOKtacular that I'm hosting and we're exploring our way through a list of family friendly hiking trails in our area.
The fall issue of Ottawa Family Living Magazine was recently delivered with the Ottawa Citizen and my article How Modern Moms Meet Other Moms was published on pages 32-33. You can read the article online here.