The last few days here have been really, really busy. Somehow I've managed to fill each little moment with lots of stuff to do!
First we've been working on this::
Our winter garden. (oh yes I love to say "winter garden"…. it makes me smile)
Most of my favorite veggies (kale, beets, winter squash, peas, lettuce, and more!) thrive here in the south from September through May…. so after Joe built this 5×5 raised garden bed frame for us….. we dug out the grass (uf-da, I want a tractor if I ever do anything bigger than this!) and then built this frame to act as a trellis to grow things vertically too. We're doing this with the help of Small Space, Big Harvest, a book I've been reading. According to the author you can grow more than 200 pounds of produce in a 5×5 plot…….. well here's hoping!!
Today we're putting chicken wire on the trellis frame to hold the plants and we'll run twine from the top corners of the trellis frame to the bottom corners of the planter box for more plants!! At 5 feet 2 inches tall, stapling chicken wire and twine to the top of that 6 foot+trellis frame should certainly be entertaining……. planting will begin next week!
We also "started school" this week. We always pick the math books back up this time of year and wipe off the summer dust….. the kids of course use math all the time by just living busy lives, but we do traditional math during the fall & winter months. Other than that, the kids have a lot of freedom to do as they please with their learning. My only requirement is that they write something regularly to share what they're studying. So, for you term specific folks…. we have this unschooling/waldorf very eclectic style that works wonderfully for us.
On a fun note, in Louisiana to file as homsechoolers one option is called "private education" homeschooling. Which basically means we submit the number of kids we are teaching, promise to educate 180 days a year minimum and name our "school". The kids loved this!! (the naming part, that is)And after a favorite folk song album of ours, our "school" is now called Shady Grove Academy. When submitting my letter to the state I even made up some fancy letterhead that said "Shady Grove ~ Academy for Learning" on top of it….. so official looking…….