Wednesday, May 22, 2013

View of a Typical (Home) Day

Today's all about a "typical" day at home. I use the term "typical" loosely!

All the kids wake up and eat breakfast on their own schedule. The near teen and teen generally wake the latest (as is the biological norm). After they eat, they get dressed and pick up their rooms some. They have weekly chores and those get done as well. Everyone uses the laptop or Ipad to work on: math drills and or games, reading drills, and Italian flash cards.

After those basics are done, they follow what they want for the day. Today's projects have included: making birthday cheese cake for the oldest peep, making birthday cards, knocking down the wall between the kitchen and living room room (the kids helped with nail removal, drywall removal, cleanup, learned about moving electrical outlets and structural support), received a package from a home school cultural exchange that we are participating in, wrote letters to the other family, researched how to make maple candy (the package came from a family in Vermont), talked about why we don't have maple syrup (it's too hot in Florida), counted and sorted fishing lures, discussed punctuation and why it's important, helped oldest child with her Ebay account, took care of our animals (chickens, dogs, cats, turtle and bird), watched History channel, played outside, watered the garden, enjoyed dinner together, drew pictures, read for pleasure and cleaned up.

That's a pretty typical "at home" day for us!

What do your days look like?

Warmest Wishes,
~Bella & Sugar

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How We Roll!

How we roll!
Homeschooling comes in as many varieties as the family's that chose this educational path. Our family has found what works best for us is more closely in line with unschooling or life hacking. Theses paths tend to be child/interest led.

Each child has different comfort levels. One child enjoys workbooks, so from time to time, we use them for her. Another child is approaching adulthood and learning life skills and following her passions into career fields. We've learned to adapt to each child's unique learning style and skills.

This path isn't for everyone. It takes a lot of self-control not to push our personal learning styles on the kids. It was, initially, difficult to not worry about outside opinions on what and when the kids should be learning things. Sitting back and watching the kids learn, seeing what they recall and following their questions gave us the confidence to continue down this road.

Up next, what a "typical" (at home) day looks like!

Warmest Wishes,
~Bella & Sugar

Monday, May 20, 2013


Welcome to BellaSugar: Learning and Growing with the Peeps! We are happy to have you here! You can follow our educational journey as well as find hints and tips for your own learning.
We have been learning at home since our oldest was born, 17 years ago. We believe that learning is an ongoing, all inclusive, life long event. We encourage exploration, curiosity and following personal bliss.
Stay and learn more with us!

Warmest Wishes,
~Bella & Sugar