My newest foray in the homeschooling world is UNschooling. Have you heard of it? I’ve heard about it a lot over the years but always overlooked it because I didn’t like the sound of it. My initial impression was that it was just too unorganized and I worried that my kids wouldn’t learn what they needed to. One of my favorite things to play when I was a child was “school”, and I was biting at the chomp to order a curriculum and make everything neat and pretty. Unschooling seemed more like a free-for-all and almost negligent.
Well, it’s kind of like a free-for-all, but with much more diligence and attention to your child’s interests than I had thought. I’m reading this book on unschooling, which has been opening my eyes so much. I also joined a few Facebook groups for unschoolers and through their answers to tough questions, I’ve become convinced that this is the way for us. I also found this article helpful, How to Deschool So You Can Unschool. I realized that so much of my hesitation and doubt was coming from my own background of traditional schooling and thinking that there has to be textbooks and forced learning in order to “truly” learn.
When I learned some of the amazing statistics of unschooled students, so many of my original fears were replaced with excitement and passion for unschooling. So for this reason, I’ve stopped my monthly preschool themes. I’m going to be following my boys’ leads much more closely and basically tailor their activities towards what they want to do. I’ll probably come up with some sort of monthly post to share our unschooling adventure.
Timberdoodle Blogger of 2016
Speaking of homeschooling, I got accepted as one of 30 or 35 bloggers to write for Timberdoodle this year!! Timberdoodle is a family-owned company that offers the most awesome homeschooling supplies. They’ve been in business since the 80’s and they say their special emphasis is on “engineering, hands-on and thinking-skills products that kids love”.
Before I had decided to unschool, I was all excited to buy their secular kindergarten curriculum kit. Although I’m not going to be following any curriculum, Timberdoodle is still going to be a huge resource for me because of all the books and educational learning supplies they offer.
Since I’m a Timberdoodle Blogger for this year, it means I’ll get to review products for free in exchange for my honest review. I’m so excited to stock up our homeschooling area with educational toys for the boys to explore. This month we received the Science with Tots Deluxe Kit, so I’ll be sharing how the boys liked that!
Journaling as Therapy
Do you journal? I do, on and off. I definitely write things down constantly in a journal, like goals or to-do lists. I love to journal because for some reason still unknown to me, it’s like answers come to/from me when I begin writing whatever it is that’s bothering me or that I’m confused about.
I had my first critical review for my book this weekend and it made my heart sink. I tried to go on with my day pretending to myself that it didn’t upset me, but it kept lingering and making me sad every time I remembered it.
I saw this journal at Target and thought it was perfect: spiral bound, smaller sized, beautiful cover, good reminder on the front. At the end of a very long day, I finally got in bed and started writing. I “confessed” everything I was feeling in that moment. Overwhelmed. Irritated. Annoyed. Embarrassed. Sad.
Just writing that out started to lift these emotions off of me. And then a thought came to me about how I had been checking Amazon to see if anyone had left a bad review “yet”. I was LOOKING for it. Expecting it to show up, and it did finally.
I realized that I needed to start looking for the good again. And then a question came to me that asked “What do I need in order to feel better right now?” My 4 answers were: clean house, food in the fridge, alone time, and meditation.
That took me 10 minutes, and I had my answers and felt like I had a plan. This is why I love journaling!
Bedroom Makeover Progress
Speaking of alone time and meditation, I’ve been slowly making over my bedroom. We’ve lived in this house for 6 years but we decorated and even RE-decorated the front rooms, but never really did much with our bedroom since no one could really see it anyway. But HELLO, I can see it! It’s my retreat, I wish I would’ve given it more thought from the beginning.
Pinterest for the most part loves bright walls. I like bright walls too but I have not enjoyed having a bright and sunny bedroom. It jars my soul. So I decided that I would go dark with little pops of brightness instead.
So far I’ve painted the walls dark grey, hung dark wood blinds in the windows, switched out my “sunny” curtains for dark, black-out grey ones (hell yes). The one lamp I had in the room always had a camisole over it because it’s brightness was too much for me, so I got two smaller lamps that have much softer lighting. And I wanted super comfy bedding, so I got soft, white sheets with grey embroidery on the edges, and a soft comforter set.
And I’m in love with this pillow from Target’s new kids line Pillowfort (soooooo cute), it says “This is my happy place.” I order these LED string lights that I’m going to put up around my bed frame. I love these particular ones because they come with a dimmable remote so you don’t have to plug and unplug them in. I am ALL about the soft, cozy lighting.
Still deciding on what to put up on the wall above the bed. Maybe a decorative mirror set? So far, so good. I know it’s a lot of dark on dark action, but I’m loving my little cave.
That’s a wrap for this month! Anything new happening in your life? Any revelations, makeovers, or inspiration that has come your way? I love to talk these things so please leave me a comment below if you’d like to share.