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The First Days of School

        We started First Grade this week. I’m not going to go over every detail, but here are some of what we’ve done, and some thoughts about it all . . . This past month, in addition to reading the curriculm, planning the details of our first weeks, and ordering supplies, I […]

Love What You Love

(Ok, so I just wrote this whole post, and then lost it.  Let’s try again.) I guess you could say this is my mantra these days – Love what you love.  I really mean it.  I’ve been realizing this year how much time I spend doing things I think I should do, instead of what […]

Getting Ready for School

(Joining Ginny from Small Things for Yarn Along) I’ve been very quiet here lately, mostly because my days are pretty full with working at the cafe.  When I’m not there, I’m chasing our very exuberant toddler around, whose new tricks include climbing the stairs when he thinks I’m not looking, and standing up on chairs, […]

Good Things

I finished her Phoebe sweater, but she was feeling way too silly to let me get a good shot. I found out that you *can* recycle old clothes, even ratty ones that aren’t fit for the thrift store.  I’ve taken at least 6 full bags of old sheets, farm clothes, etc – what a relief! […]

Get Real: Homeschooling/Learning

Wow, there’s so much to say here, and so many ways to put my foot in my mouth, lol.  Our plan has always been to homeschool our children – both my husband and myself feel strongly about the state of our industrial school system, and our desire to find a different way.  From testing to […]

Little Aprons

If you’ve been at Wheatberry recently, you may have noticed we have a pint-sized employee. Her name is Ella (aka Lucy), and her favorite jobs include scrubbing the floor and serving customers. She made her apron herself (one of our projects from Sewing School).  (And thanks to Mika for the fabric, which we adore!)

Simplifying

Around here, it was high time for some simplifying.  After many months of digging in, taking on anything that needed to be done, we’re entering a phase of paring down, letting go. When the house starts to get overwhelming, I always start by decluttering, and so far I’ve taken two trunkfuls of stuff to the […]

The Letter B

Ella and I are dipping our toes in the magical world of letters. We started with the letter B. We’re using Waldorf methods, so the letters come alive in a story and a drawing, like the bear you see here. I found this post very helpful, and I’ve also been using info from Ms. Marsha’s […]

Yarn Along – Householder’s Guide to the Universe

Joining Ginny today for Yarn Along.  Books and knitting – so good.  I’m reading Steiner’s Discussions with Teachers, as prep to begin teaching Ella her letters, and really enjoying hearing his actual directions to teachers, instead of just hearing other people’s interpretations of his words.  Also, I’m reading, and loving the Householder’s Guide to the […]

Homeschool Planning

My plan for the year is sketched out, and I thought I’d share it here, to inspire any of you who are working on your own planning, or even those of you who are not homeschoolers but still might take some ideas from it.  A few quick notes – my daughter is only 4, so […]