I Appreciate How My Home School Mom Did This: Boomerang Learning (Especially on the Topic of Writing)

The other perspective of homeschooling. Love to learn more about how it feels to actually BE home-schooled.

Trees of Transition

Home Schooling’s Black, White, and Gray Series 1, Episode 3

My Mom tells me that at age two I filled pages with squiggly lines because I already loved “writing.” My Mom modeled writing for me, and since her Mom was also a writer, the writing gift flowed down to me.
In our home school, Mom gave each of my siblings and I thick notebooks, which we decorated and turned into journals. This week I’ve been re-reading that journal, and it’s taken me back into the quiet home school life of when I was aged eight, nine, and ten.
I have journals that I started writing at age 8 and go to the present time. From about age 10 until age 25, I journaled about almost every day of those fifteen years, and I treasure those entries. Re-reading these journals gives me a stronger remembrance of my thoughts about being home-schooled, some of which I…

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Homeschooling And The Life Out There

I was really looking forward to Mary’s first guest post on my blog. Homeschooling our kids means only seeing one side of the coin of course, as we are the parents who decided to home-school but have been to school ourselves. Mary, on the other side, used to be home-schooled. We had a short little conversation about it and she mentioned back then that she feels like homeschooling lets a child develop their inner self (Mary, I hope I understood it right!).

So I was excited to hear her side of the story, was eager to find out how she felt about being home-schooled. Hear more about it. Of course I was hoping for her to tell me, that it was the best ever and that she would not want it to be any other way.

Her post was different than what I hoped for. Not in a bad way. In a really good way actually as she mentioned something which was always so important to us: Although our kids are different, I don’t want them to feel different!

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A Suitcase Full Of Happiness

Do you watch “The Amazing Race”?

I love watching it would totally enjoy taking part in this crazy race around the Globe. All those amazing places they visit and the fun (even though it is hard sometimes) stuff they get to do! Kind of a bucket list thing for me, and so I hope for a family race in the future, where we can sign up to.

How much fun would that be? Traveling the world, seeing amazing places and doing amazing stuff! And all for a bag full of money…Of course you want the $1mio, but you know what? Look at what those people get to see and do! It is rewarding enough.

Well until we might get a chance, there is only one thing to do: Practice! And how much I enjoy this kind of practice :-)! Traveling is one of my favorite things to do.

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Timber, Get Lucky And Blow My Whistle

Isn’t it great to listen to little kids sing out loud (well I know they don’t always hit the note, but who does…)? I love it. They seem so happy.

But there is something slightly weird or wrong listening to a group of 5-8 year old girls leave the dance studio and singing:

“It’s going down, I’m yelling timber. You better move, you better dance…”
“She’s up all night to the sun, I’m up all night to get some. She’s up all night for good fun, I’m up all night to get lucky.”
“Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby. Let me know girl. I’m gonna show you how to do it…”

I mean: Seriously?

Dear Dance Instructors out there: I totally understand that songs like that might be catchy. But keep in mind that your little students might leave your studio singing the lyrics, which are for sure not appropriate for this age group, out loud.

And if it is not just for the fact that it is highly inappropriate, just bare in mind, that there might be creeps out there, who could find themselves turned on by a 5,6,7 or 8 year old singing “I’m gonna show you how to whistle, baby…”

Just a thought…

Thunder And Lightning

There was a massive storm over our city last night. It woke me at 1.45am and I could not go back to sleep.

Credit: Lachlan Moore

Credit: Lachlan Moore

Not because I was scared. I could not go back to sleep because I wanted to watch. Watch the lightning, the spectacle. It amazes me. I find it beautiful. So I sat there and watched the lightning strike and listened to the thunder.

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Bumble Bee

Bumblebee_heucheraAerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway! – Mary Kay Ash

I saw this quote for the very first time, when I was looking at a documentation of a friend of mine made as a handout for potential sponsors. You need to know, that my friend was always into sports and good in it. But she was not always my friend. I actually did not like her that much. That was in her life before her accident.

See, my friend had an accident skiing, which left her paralyzed. And that accident changed her. She struggled, she fought, she came out of it a different person. And, sometime after her accident, she became my friend. She found her way back into the world of sport and started playing professional wheelchair tennis. That is how she met her husband. Today she is one of my friends in Switzerland, who I dearly miss seeing over here. She is happily married and has two great kids. I am not sure if she realized how much this quote, which was so important to her, actually also affected me. So read it again and think about it. There is so much truth in it…

A Clean House

A clean house! How much would I like to just wake up to a clean house! I don’t really like mess and I don’t like when it is not clean. Having said that: I don’t really like cleaning that much either. As we all know, if you want to do it right, it is not just Ready, Set, Done!

So that is a dilemma, right? And I have another dilemma. Because every single time I clean my house it does not last! And that is totally normal, I know. But it does not even last for half a day!

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