In September, our homeschooling connections got organized and began weekly meet-ups each Tuesday. It just so happened that our first meet-up fell on the first day of school and we were able to make it. We went to the fabulous home studio of Artech Glass Blowing (seriously fantastic Christmas gifts by the way). The kids played, the adults planned and chatted, we all went for a walk in the rain to learn about what we found along the creek with Corina (Owner of Deep Roots Team Building) and then ate a healthy potluck lunch before heading home again. I still had the daycare family each Tuesday so we were unable to make it out to the weekly gatherings since then. Now that daycare has ended, we have been able to join them once again
Last week we visited Gaia Farmhouse Retreat where we learned about the birth of the Universe. Some of the activities are a little too structured for my little ones, but it was a great place and they enjoyed the re-enactment, the drums and shakers, the drawing and, best of all, running through the Labyrinth with the other kids.
I thought we were going to have to miss this week’s idyllic meet up at the home of Kira and Andrew due to me not being able to get the car. I thought we were stuck, but Andrew and Kira were so kind to make the drive out to pick the kids and I up and then drop us off at home at the end of the day. Thanks to them we were able to enjoy a day by the fire chatting, eating homemade chicken noodle soup, sweet potato chips, warm apple cider, hot cocao and cut fruit. We got out for a walk in the woods to gather dried bits of nature to decorate the juniper wreaths Andrew had crafted while we were out. Two of the moms (with hands of steel) crafted beautiful spruce wreaths while we all chatted and the kids played wildly.
One of the things I love about homeschooling is that our kids will get to interact with children of various ages in so many different settings. Yesterday there were 9 kids ranging in age from about 1.5 to 6. Sometimes the activites require a longer attention span than my two are able to give, but the play time is always appropriate.
It was nearly dark when we got home. I made a simple supper and re-lit the fire while we waited for Mike to arrive home late. Silas and I fell asleep quickly, but even after all the running, fresh air and play, Poppy tossed and turned until after 9pm. I love our days out, but the day after a busy day out is always extra cozy and comforting.
I am so grateful for these wonderful families, this sense of growing community, and our Homeschooling Tuesdays.