How's that for a politically-incorrect title? Failure is a pretty distasteful word in our culture. "They were such a failure..." "He totally failed at that..." "Failure is not an option." We've all heard and said those phrases and they carry an extremely negative connotation, don't they? As a recovering perfectionist, I've had a longstanding beef with failure. I hate messing up, I hate making mistakes, and I hate knowing I could … [Read more...] about I’m Teaching My Kids to Fail
Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of our chaotic homestead life, I catch myself silently watching Prairie Girl. Amidst the zipping up of tiny coats, bracing against the wind, feeding hay, and filling water buckets, I remember… I remember a small girl who would have loved nothing more than to have horses outside her bedroom window. And a wheelbarrow full of manure to push. And eggs to collect. That girl was me. I don’t know of many … [Read more...] about When She Leaves…
And so it begins... We are officially in our second year of homeschooling, although I have to admit it almost feels like our first 'real' year. Last year was Kindergarten in the midst of a massive home remodel, so we had to keep things fairly flexible for sanity's sake. This year we have our books and learning aids organized in a special cabinet (instead of … [Read more...] about Homestead Homeschooling: First Grade
- Have people over without giving the goose poop on the deck a second thought.
- Come to complete acceptance of the fact that there will always be crumbs on my floor. … [Read more...] about Homemade Playdough Recipe