Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Makings of a Hufflepuff

Abi wants to be a Hufflepuff this year.

I couldn’t find a tie or little preppy skirt, so I got to improvise, which is, of course, my favorite thing. 

Yellow fabric and black paint made the stripes for the tie. 

A plaid shirt from the thrift store was easily dismantled and sewn into a cute pleated skirt. 

Walmart had a lovely witchy hat...

And the ensemble is coming together! Stay tuned for finished pictures in a few days. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Braille is BIG

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, hot off the embosser, makes a stack about twice as high as my coffee cup. 

Then, bound into five volumes. 

Then, it joins our Braille library up in the school room. :)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Two field trips in one day

Cody’s class went to the fire station, then Abi’s class went to the library. Two fun field trips in one long day!!

En Crois

Friday, October 20, 2017

On The Go

I made this today with items from my craft room:

On the go writing board. Velcro stuck to a clip board keeps (old) iPhone or iPad mini, Refreshabraille keyboard and Braille display, slate an stylus. Charging cables clipped to the back. Neck strap for easy carrying.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Punky Carving

For the first time, there was no adult help needed. And great was the rejoicing. 

"My pumpkin that I did all by myself. No help at all."

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Every once in a while, a day or two by myself in the woods is perfect for rejuvenating. 

Teaching Accessibility

Last week I went into Abi's fourth grade class to let them try out some of her tools, namely the Brailler and cane. They had a ball! I hope their takeaway is that using the right tools, blindness doesn't have to be a barrier to learning!!


Little Mister and Daddy have been doing a middle school chemistry class. Last week they did experiments with dry ice. This week, fuses and gunpowder! Hey, who says science can't be fun??

Practicing Grand Jeté

And just for fun, doing headstands and handstands. 

Also, a pic of her class last July. Mostly for me to remember. 

Cody Turns Eight!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Favorite Spot

Abi and Fizzy snuggling in the big brown chair while she reads a book. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family photo


In the summer, we try to cancel activities and spend afternoons at the pool. It's good exercise, a break from our yearly schedule, and it's fun and social since most of our small town does the same thing. 

Unschooling Thoughts

A note about unschooling. I had a long-time online friend express disappointment that we are no longer "unschooling." I think we must define unschooling differently because to me, I'm still offering resources to my children who are getting older. I still do a lot of child-led learning. But we have also discovered that they trust me to recommend things they'll need later on in life. Things like biology. Unschooling a five year old looks different than unschooling a ten year old or a fifteen year old. They eventually get bored with kitchen chemistry and crave more challenge. Or, as in the case with my little guy, we both agree that more structure will help him be happier and learn better, so the K12 is a good choice. If that's not strictly unschooling, that's fine. I'm not apologetic, because my kids' education is not about fulfilling some sort of arbitrary social definition. It's about helping them take ownership of their learning and also guiding them and offering resources and suggestions that they might need or want. Sometimes it's about convincing them that a subject they would prefer not to study is something they will be glad they learned later. To me that's just common sense, and the successful unschoolers who have gone before me whose blogs I read have done similar things. Instilling a delight in learning is the key, not withholding resources or merely playing in the dirt outside that should be the hallmark of unschooling, in my thinking.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Foster Kittens

A former classmate of mine from high school does fostering for abandoned kittens. She posts on Facebook, and I told her if she ever has or kittens than she can handle, give me a call. Well, two weeks ago, she did! 


Seven kittens and their scrawny teenaged mama have taken residence in our living room!

We named them after items on the great British baking show.

The mama we called Mary Berry. The kittens are Baguette, Ciabatta, Croissant, Pudding Swiss roll, Tiramisu and Macaron.