Joyful July!

This summer is flying by for our family, and I am hopeful that this month will be the best month of this year yet! I think (knock on wood) that we have turned a little bit of a corner with everything on our farm breaking and hopefully we can breathe a sweet sigh of relief. We have done an awful lot in the almost eleven weeks we have been here, so I think we should get a little reprieve before we start working on renovating the barn. All we have right now are our dogs and bees, but hope to have our horses over here in August, and then to add chickens.( If I had my wish, I would also have two alpacas, but that is another story!).

I have been thinking a lot about development and developmental homeschooling lately. I try to have a good amount of my homeschool planning done by the end of July if it is possible, but I think the place to start is always with development. I encourage you to go back and read some of the back posts about development. I linked some of my favorites here, and in the spirit of beginning with the end in mind, I started with the older ages:

After The Fifteen/Sixteen Change | The Parenting Passageway

Development of the Tenth Grader | The Parenting Passageway (this is age 15 for many Waldorf schools)

How Is Planning Going For Ninth Grade? | The Parenting Passageway (this is age 14 for many Waldorf schools)

Still Waters Run Deep: The Fourteen Year Old | The Parenting Passageway (more 14)

Developmental Fridays: The Thirteen Year Old | The Parenting Passageway

The Twelve Year Old | The Parenting Passageway

The Uneven Eleven-Year Old: A Traditional Developmental View | The Parenting Passageway

The Terrific Ten-Year-Old: A Developmental View | The Parenting Passageway

The Nine-Year-Old: A Traditional View | The Parenting Passageway

The Eight-Year-Old: A Traditional View | The Parenting Passageway

Peaceful Living with Your Super Seven-Year-Old | The Parenting Passageway

The Angry, Aggressive Six Year Old | The Parenting Passageway

The Fabulous Five –Year -Old! | The Parenting Passageway

Fantastic Four Year Old! | The Parenting Passageway

Peaceful Life with a Three-Year-Old | The Parenting Passageway

The Two-Year-Old: A Traditional Perspective | The Parenting Passageway

The One-Year -Old | The Parenting Passageway

In July we are also celebrating! Here are the things we are celebrating:

4- Independence Day

26- Feast Day of St. Anne and St. Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I am looking forward to sunflower festivals, catching fireflies, being in the pool and lake and at the beach and of course, being at the farm! Our nearly 20 year old and I have a little girls weekend planned as well, since I don’t get to see her as much during the school year as she is away!

Ideas for Things to Do With Children:

  • Fourth of July decorating; patriotic crafts
  • Find traditional patriotic American music to listen to!
  • Go to Independence Day parades!
  • Sunflower crafts
  • Drying herbs and making things from herbs
  • Picking produce; canning and preserving
  • Earth looms and weaving could be lovely; see my summer Pinterest board for even more craft ideas

Ideas for the Home:

  • Going through the school room or school area and cleaning out
  • Ordering art supplies and new resources for the next school year
  • Making new seasonal things for the home
  • Changing out toys if you are on a toy rotation for smaller children
  • Gardening – planting rounds of corn, green beans and peas, zinnias, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes right now!
  • Getting ready for a new school year with new art supplies

Homeschooling/ Planning:

I posted our plan for our sixth grader in June, but here it is again in case you missed it! (Our oldest is at university and our high schooler is going to be attending high school in some form, so I am down to homeschooling one child!)

Fall: August – Greek History (Most likely will base on Live Ed’s booklet), Nature Study in the afternoon; September – Mineralogy; October – Roman History to include European geography; November – Physics; December – Geometry.

Spring: January – Medieval History; February – Business Math; March – Medieval Africa and African Heroes, African Geography; April – Zoology; May- Botany

We have some confounding factors as I am working and our sixth grader will be doing math/science out and two days of a middle school only boys experiential program, which leaves us about two and a half days at home to do the things we want! However, I am rolling with it and I think it will be ok. With this being our third child, I have a good idea where we are headed, which makes middle school planning easier!

I would love to hear what you are up to. Happy Summer (Or Winter, Down Under friends) vibes!

Blessings and love,


Making Memories in June

June is a beautiful month here in the Deep South. School has been out for a few weeks, the lake is ready and waiting, it’s hot but not too terrible. We are knee deep in renovations at the farm – I can’t even list it all here but we have had to do things like run water lines, put in heat on the second floor, fix the A/C, replace garage door panels and fix the mechanics, renovate bathrooms, renovate a barn, put up fencing….with more to come. Our bees are coming in next week, and we have chickens coming as soon as we get the chicken coop done. Hopefully our horses will be here in August or September.

But in the midst of scurrying around, and work, there are memories to be made this June. Some of the things we are looking forward to:

Boating on the lake

Going to the beach on the lake

Kayaking and camping

Berry picking and making jam

This month we will be celebrating:

The Slow Summer – think lakes and pools, tubing, horseback riding, camping, spending time with family and friends. All of my favorite things in one month!  Here is a wonderful guest post by Christine Natale, Master Waldorf Teacher and author about creating the magical summer

14- Flag Day

20 – Father’s Day AND – Summer Solstice

24 – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist/ St. John’s Tide (see this back post for festival help!)

29- The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

Summer Homeschooling and Development:

I am in the midst of beginning planning for our sixth grade blocks to begin in August! I cannot believe our third and last child is old enough to go to sixth grade. Sixth grade is one of my favorites and I have a few thoughts regarding fifth grade that we just finished as well, so stay tuned for those posts.

We also will have a junior in high school who will be doing online school because she will be working in horse training and needs the flexibility, and our oldest will be a sophomore at an out of state university. She had a fantastic freshman year, so don’t let anyone tell you that kids who were homeschooled cannot enter any arena where they want to go. The sky is the limit!

I am running back to basics this summer – it’s been a crazy time with getting our old house ready to sell, finding a new house, moving, renovating. So I need the basics in my life back, beginning with Gratitude: Eight Facets Of A Healthy Family Culture | The Parenting Passageway and Finding Rhythm With Grades-Aged Children | The Parenting Passageway. If you have littles under the age of 7, you might like this back post: Finding Rhythm With Littles | The Parenting Passageway

I would love to hear what you are up to and how you are re-charging!



Planning for Sixth Grade

Our last child will be in sixth grade in the fall. This will be my third time teaching sixth grade, and I really enjoy the content of this grade that is so well suited to the twelve year old! We were in the process of moving and renovating a farmhouse the past few months and at varying points life took over fifth grade as we were trying to stay afloat and fix the major things like water and heating. We are still renovating, but things seem a bit more stable now as the school year here in the South is over (of course that’s how the timing worked out). I am a firm believer in summer downtime, so I doubt we will get much catch up this summer. So I am planning sixth grade with an eye towards some of the things we didn’t finish. We also have the added challenge of outside classes several days a week for math and outdoor school when I work, so limited time.

So these are my ideas for my current plan. We will be doing math daily and doing extra writing practice weekly.

August – Greek History (Most likely will base on Live Ed’s booklet), Nature Study in the afternoon.

September – Mineralogy

October – Roman History to include European geography

November – Physics

December – Geometry

January – Medieval History

February – Business Math

March – Medieval Africa and African Heroes, African Geography

April – Zoology

May- Botany

It’s going to be a fun year! I have a few field trips planned to the coast of our state and to a large canyon in our state for mineralogy and to our local museum that specializes in minerals and gems. We will also be busy getting our bees, chickens, horses and gardens settled, so that will be fun and busy as well.

Our other children right now are at an out of state university after being homeschooled through 11th grade at home and senior year was all outside classes, and our 16 year old has chosen an online school for her last two years of high school as she will be working and wants to start her own business.

If you are homeschool planning, I would love to hear what you are up to!