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  • Writer's pictureKrystyna

A Season of Change and Blessings

Updated: Jul 2

This year has been an emotional rollercoaster for our family. The early months of 2024 brought heartache with the passing of our beloved Genesee, whose absence is deeply felt in our home. Yet, in the midst of our grief, we discovered the joyous news that we are expecting a baby boy. This little miracle brings a new layer of anticipation and excitement, even as I navigate the waves of morning sickness that accompany this blessed journey.

Adding to the whirlwind, my husband has been on detachment this summer, leaving us to navigate these changes without his daily presence. It's been a challenge, but also an opportunity to adapt and grow stronger as a family. Our homeschooling has taken on a new rhythm, reflecting the unique demands and blessings of this season.

Embracing the Cool Spring Outdoors

Spring in Louisiana was cooler this year, offering the perfect backdrop for outdoor exploration and learning. We took full advantage of the pleasant weather, transforming our homeschooling into an adventure. Here are some of the activities that filled our days:

  1. Nature Walks and Botanical Studies: We spent countless hours wandering through local parks and nature reserves, identifying plants and trees, and sketching them in our nature journals. The cooler weather made these walks delightful, and we learned so much about the native flora and fauna of our region.

  2. Bird Watching: Armed with binoculars and bird guides, we became avid bird watchers. We observed the habits and songs of various birds, noting their differences and learning about their migration patterns. It was fascinating to see the children develop a keen eye for spotting even the most elusive birds.

  3. Outdoor Science Experiments: The backyard became our laboratory as we conducted science experiments that were too messy or expansive for indoors. From creating homemade volcanoes to studying the effects of weather on different materials, the kids engaged with science in a hands-on, memorable way.

Summer's Heat and Indoor Learning

As the temperatures begin to soar, we have shifted our focus indoors, reserving our academic work for the sweltering summer days when being outside is simply unbearable. This flexibility is one of the greatest blessings of homeschooling—we can adapt our schedule to fit the seasons and our family's needs.

Despite the heat, we still find ways to enjoy the outdoors during the slightly cooler evening hours. Our activities include:

  1. Evening Walks and Bike Rides: We often take leisurely evening walks, enjoying the cooler air and the quiet of our neighborhood. While this pregnant mama has put her bike riding on hold for now, the children still relish their evening rides, and I enjoy watching them from the sidelines, cheering them on.

  2. Swimming: Evening swims at the local YMCA have become a cherished routine. The kids love splashing around and practicing their swimming skills, and it’s a wonderful way for us all to cool down and unwind together.

  3. Stargazing and Roasting Marshmallows: Louisiana’s clear summer nights offer a perfect opportunity for stargazing. We lay out blankets in the backyard and marvel at the constellations, sometimes catching a glimpse of a shooting star. It’s a peaceful, awe-inspiring way to end our days. And we cannot forget the delicious smores we enjoy while gazing at the evening sky. Roasting marshmallows is always filled with fun, laughter and a hooey gooey mess.

The Flexibility and Freedom of Homeschooling

Homeschooling provides us with the incredible gift of flexibility. We can tailor our schedule to match our family’s rhythm and the changing seasons. When the weather is favorable, we embrace outdoor learning, and during less hospitable times, we focus on our indoor academic pursuits.

The open-and-go curriculums we’ve discovered have been a true blessing. They align with our values and educational goals, and their ease of use allows us to maintain a balanced, joyful learning environment, even amidst the unpredictability of life.

Rest and Recuperation

This year has taught us the importance of rest and recuperation. We take breaks as needed, allowing ourselves to grieve, to celebrate, and to adjust to the changes in our lives. Homeschooling gives us the grace to pause and recharge, ensuring that our hearts and minds are ready to learn and grow.

Looking Forward

As we move through the rest of 2024, we remain grateful for the blessings and challenges that shape our homeschooling journey. Each day brings new opportunities for learning, connection, and growth. We look forward to welcoming our baby boy into this world and continuing to nurture a love of learning in our children, no matter where the journey takes us.

In this season of change, we find strength in our family, faith, and the beautiful flexibility that homeschooling provides. Here’s to embracing the whirlwind with grace and gratitude.


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