A good decison

The last week, I have posted vacation highlights. For the most part, I just posted pictures, few words.  Simple.

Because that was what our first week 'back to school' was. Simple. Free from schedules, technology, distractions, chores, to-do lists. I'm a (25 hour a week) working mama and I took the first week off of 'school' off of work to be with them at camp.

You know, it was the best decision.  A whole week going at their pace. Sure, the days were filled, but they were filled with what they wanted to do, following their lead of what they wanted to learn about, following their interests. I didn't squeeze in as many visits as I wanted to, craft as much as I wanted or read as much as I wanted.  But I was with them, embracing their first week of 'school at home', learning from far away, giving them my full focus. Although it looks like I carried the camera around, I didn't take as many pictures as I could have. We have so many memories from that week that live in our heads...a great way to set the pace of a new school year.  That's what keeping them home is all about, embracing and enjoying this learning process....together.

 At the end of the day, when my camp bed was full of them (with obviously no room for me!),
 or when I just smiled at the early sleepers snuggling,
 I couldn't help but smile too.
I don't know how long they will be homeschooled, but perhaps as long as I do, vacation plans ought to start out our non-traditional first week of schooling. I do hope we're easing into a great year of learning together.


  1. Cute, and I wish sometimes I lived by the water, except in winter :)

  2. What a wonderful way to start the 'school' year!!!! Adorable pictures!

  3. Okay, okay, I couldn't wait to catch up on this post.
    It looks like time well spent. Homeschooling rocks!



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