COVID-19 Closed Schools.
The world is in a whirlwind right now and kids are home. It's not just a week or two that they're closed. I've heard schools are closed in Canada indefinitely and most likely out for the rest of the year. G12 is graduated, your kinder is finished kinder and will be placed into grade 1 next year.. It's just done.
If you're not home with your kids day in and day out, teaching them, guiding them.. I get how overwhelming this is and how you just don't know what to do.
Here are some really good resources that I personally use to supplement our learning.
VOOKS - StoryBooks Brought To life. We Love VOOKS. Watch bestseller books being read to your little.
OtherGoose - OtherGoose is offering 3 weeks free! For ages 2-7 years old, take away the pain of putting together your own lesson plan. OtherGoose does it for you.
EarthSchooling- Also offering free curriculum for a limited time. They offer some really fun and natural based learning, games, crafts and sing along songs. Earth Schooling is Waldorf inspired learning.
Education.com - Crafts, games, science lessons and more. Education is one of my favorite websites to go to for a quick lesson or a coloring sheet. They offer free or membership plans.
Lakeshore Learning - One of my favorite in person stores who I just learned offers online resources as well! Here is a link to some free lesson guides.
Crayola - Crayola has a whole website designed for home learning. But they also have a lot of amazing craft ideas, printables and more to keep you busy!
I know that most have no idea where to go, but I want to give you my best tip: Let go of the pressure you're about to put on yourself for your Childs learning. You can turn blocks into a math lesson, count money, bake a cake or 5. The world around you is filled with natural academic lessons.
Indulge in play! Create story books, put on a puppet show, turn your living room into a fort, laugh and dance the days away.
Good luck out there, stay kind, stay humble and stay safe.
*Don't forget to check instagram for my homeschool tab which gives you ideas what were do all the time.
Holiday baking is here and these were my favorite cookies to make (maybe, I can't remember). HA! Truthfully I just remember back home in Canada the molasses came in a cardboard container like you get in the milk and that these cookies were seriously my fav to eat!
Now, I'm typically selfish when it comes to family recipes.. I'd rather keep them to myself and never share the glory.
These though, I gotta share. Maybe it'll change peoples minds about them. Maybe they'll become your HIT cookie!
I make these gluten free - I turn any recipe gluten free now that's just my life. But you can make these regular or with whatever flour you choose!
3/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (plus extra to roll your dough in)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/4 cups gluten free flour (I use bobs red mill baking flour) ((or sub any flour you want))
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp ginger
1 1/2 tbsp clove (or 2 drops clove essential oil)
1 tsp nutmeg
Cream together your butter and sugars.
Add in your egg, vanilla and molasses
In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and spices. whisk them for about a minute to get them nice and mixed and a fluffy dry mix.
Slowly add the dry into your wet.
Once fully incorporated, let dough chill 30-60 mins in the fridge (less is fine, it doesn't really matter).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Form your cookie batter into 1 inch balls, roll into white sugar and place on a lined baking sheet 3 inches apart.. These cookies spread like no other. Bake for 10-12 mins. depends on your oven and how hot it runs. About half way through if your cookies aren't getting that nice *crackle* take the sheet and bang it a couple times on the counter until the cracks appear.
When working with a gluten free flour I have learned over my years of baking that less flour = less dry. This recipe calls for 2 1/4 cups, I did about 2 and a dash. it all depends on the flour you're using. For regular flour keep as is.
It's almost the middle of December.
I'm sitting here at the table while Ania is doing pattern blocks and I'm here typing away. This is homeschooling in a nutshell. The balance of motherhood, teaching, homemaking and business owning.
Truthfully? It is not easy.
One of the biggest misconceptions people think about being home with your child is that it's a free ride. HA! Like anything in motherhood is free. Sure, I get to be home and people glorify that aspect: HOME. You hold onto that part "you're home though!! you get to stay home!"
*cue tears, actual tears as I'm typing this*
Deep breath in - yes, I get to stay home.
And I love it. I was made for motherhood and I'm an exceptional mother (truly, I am). Staying home though, isn't the easy part. It's the hard part. Take a big 'ol house, filled with 4 people, 2 dogs and a cat. Two of these adults work full time, one is 83 years old and well, I'm not going to be asking him to scrub the floors. Add in extra curricular activities, and by the time my wife is actually able to help me around the house during the week its 7pm and our little is sleeping. It's limited.
So you have this house, with a mom who stays home and the brunt of the responsibility is left on. Add in clutter triggering my anxiety and OCD, I TAKE it upon myself to ensure the house is *somewhat* tidy and clean on a constant basis.
Now adding in homeschool.
It is not for the faint.
Here's what I've learned what works for us
I don't want you to shy away from homeschool. It is one of the most amazing things we have ever done. My little is HAPPY. Actually happy, joyous and her anxiety is not a daily concern anymore.
One of my main motivators was her mental health: she was slowly dwindling into a dark space where she was not happy, thriving or bubbly. After removing her from school her light soul has come back. She's who she's always been before she disappeared.
That makes everything worth it. And I would choose to do this all over again.
You see, I would rather exhaust myself daily throwing myself into something I'm not sure I'm ready for than have her suffer another second in a public school that is failing her mental health.
So here's to the mama's doing it all day in and day out.
The ones doing it with ease and grace (just kidding).
The ones who have sacrificed so much to create the best environment and childhood for their littles.
I see you.
Informed consent and homeschooling mama, sharing her way through life.