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2018- New Year, New Blog

Hello! I’ve been a lousy blogger, I know.  That will happen when you decide you want your homeschool to move into a totally different direction…during the holidays.  I’m sorry!

I’ve changed the blog’s look and overall theme a bit, new year new blog! I started out wanting to share how I’m learning and figuring out this whole homeschooling thing.  But let’s be honest.  That’s boring.  And one of the main reasons why I haven’t blogged much.  This will be changing a bit though, as I am still researching and learning about Charlotte Mason and her fabulous philosophy of education.  But there will be a LOT of changes this year.  I want to share it all.  So I’m changing this blog from a boring, homeschool learning type of blog to a more personal “homeschool mom” blog.  I’m not going to make things all snazzy, or worry about Pinterest worthy images.  I want this to become a blog where I can share our life.  Our 5 year plan is pretty awesome and I think it will be really fun to share that journey.

So, what are some things you’ll see here on The Boundless Homeschool?

  • I will continue sharing our homeschool days, what’s working for us and what’s not! It will be largely transformed from “traditional school” to more Charlotte Mason.  I know that’s probably completely foreign to many people, but give me time. I’ll explain it! I’ll be taking more pictures so I can keep track of things we are doing (and adding pictures to our portfolio for the state).
  • We will be, most likely, moving this year.  I’ll share our schooling-on-the-road journey, and everything else that’s involved with moving.
  • I am trying to learn how to be a bit more self-sustainable, for future goals–Garden stuff (after moving), finding awesome recipes for homemade everything, or any other tips I can share, I’ll do that, too.

Things get tough around here with constant deployments.  I’m not going to sugar coat anything if I am having a bad day/week/month.  Sugar coating, or “putting on a brave face” is so exhausting. Sometimes it’s nice to find someone to commiserate with.  Being transparent and truthful with our days could really be helpful to someone out there who thinks they have to have it all together.  Psst, you don’t!

Ok, that’s probably it, for now.  It feels good to write again.

Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason

We are almost halfway through the school year.  I had hoped I would have blogged more, but in reality, there isn’t much to talk about.  We’ve sort of fallen into a monotonous school day routine.  And to be 100% honest, I don’t like it.  There is something missing in our homeschool.  I think I know what it is, but I’m trying to do a bit more research, to be sure.

We are still doing Classical Conversations, and while I won’t make a full review on it until the school year is over, I can say we will not be continuing with CC next year (for more than a few reasons).  I do enjoy the thought of a Classical education, but our homeschool needs something more.  I feel pulled to research and read more about Charlotte Mason. I’m still learning, so bear with me on trying to explain. Miss Mason’s education philosophy is somewhat similar to a Classical education, but it is much more literature and nature filled. She also highly recommends you give your children time to play.  Inside play, and most definitely, outside play.  She focuses on how “children are born persons” and that treating them any less than that can be a detriment to their educational journey.  I am reading For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer-Macaulay (a staple in any Charlotte Mason household) and I am working my way through a Charlotte Mason Course with actual assignments.  It feels so weird to be doing school work like this again after almost 8 years out of college, but it’s actually really motivating.  Once I am finished with For the Children’s Sake I will begin reading Charlotte Mason’s first (of 6) books in her education series.  I am also working my way through the A Delectable Education podcasts while I’m working on my Etsy orders.

So, in a nutshell, I don’t like how our homeschool is going.  I want more imagination through play and great books, more hands on experiments, and more outside exploring and getting dirty.  I hope this will make our school days look and feel different.