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List a day – favourite tools and supplies

I’m a homeschooling, handicraft mama. My favourite tools and supplies tell this very well:

Homeschooling:

  • Our Epson eco-tank printer. This thing is amazing!
  • A great pair of sharp scissors
  • Binders! Preferably D ring
  • Page protectors – great for using dry or wet erase markers on so your paper doesn’t get messed up! (For homeschooling and crafts)
  • A really good stapler
  • Cardstock!
  • Internet
  • 10 drawer storage cart – great to keep all the day’s work organized (we use a workbox system),
  • Ink pens, I like very fine ones -0.7 or finer! 
  • A really good sharpener

And for crafts:

  • good quality needles and crochet hooks
  • A pair of tiny, sharp scissors
  • Good lighting
  • Page protectors
  • Internet & YouTube
  • Ziploc bags for all the bits and pieces
  • Plastic storage containers that can handle all the yarn, cloth, etc.
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Things I try to do every day…

  • Work on a handicraft – I try to create something with my hands every day. Lately I’m doing more cross stitching and tatting.
  • Take care of me! I know that it seems obvious, but some days I barely have the energy to brush my teeth and wash my face. Showers need to wait until the water is running warm, and some days this doesn’t happen! I know what you’re thinking, but I just can’t take cold showers. My body rebels and I get sick. I can’t wait till the water heater is installed!
  • Have some quiet time for just relaxing.
  • Write something, anything. 
  • Laugh. I miss laughing…
  • Remind my hubby how much I love him, how much I appreciate all he does.
  • Leave yesterday behind. I try, but it still manages to seep into today…

My desk: A list a day for Dec 7

What’s on my desk today/this week?

  • Coffee! (that’s a no brainer, always there, bwahaha!)
  • Planners, lots of planners. One for Peanut’s homeschooling, one for his completed work so far this year, one for me, one for our house, and one for upcoming events.
  • Some of Peanut’s curricula. Math, science, phonics, and reading. These things can’t be scheduled since some days he may do two pages, other days he may do 8. So I have them at hand in case he flies through them quickly.
  • A basket for Peanut’s finished schoolwork. It also holds my pens, markers, highlighters, rulers, etc. and his flashcards for his phonics.
  • Peanut’s Lego

As for what is on my agenda today/this week, it’s:

  • The usual stuff – make and bake fresh bread, sweep, clean, keep the house running.
  • Peanut’s homeschooling: fine motor skills, handwriting, phonics, coloring, thinking skills games, teaching him to read, a puzzle or two, math, science, geography, a couple of sticker books, some STEM using either Lego, Morphun blocks, or some other construction toys, and a read aloud book (this week is Magic Tree House #1 and Danny and the Dinosaur).
  • Do some sewing. Peanut is growing like a bad weed, and he is in desperate need of some t-shirts and pajamas.
  • Doing some crochet for gifts
  • Get to the craft shop for some much needed supplies
  • Binging on Netflix in the evenings!

Things I learned about myself this year…

A list a day’s topic for today is Things I learned about myself this year:

  • I love homeschooling our son
  • I don’t need anyone’s approval to be ME!
  • I have an anxiety disorder that I probably will never “grow out of”, it’s been a part of me since I was a child, and may be connected to an underlying undiagnosed ASD. And I’m okay with that!
  • I’m not immune to getting sick (haha) and getting the Zika virus has caused me to step out of my independent ways and ask for help when I need it. I’m still feeling the effects of this 4 months later, it has affected my fine motor muscles in my wrists, fingers, ankles, and feet. I’ve learned that it’s okay to lean on others when I need to!

I find magic in…

30 lists day #4

I find magic in:

  • My husband. 
  • My children. Some days I still can’t believe that these people I created are so amazing
  • The beach! How the ocean makes me feel so small. The breeze, the sand, the waves, they remind me just how wonderous this world is.
  • The little things like the taste of a fresh strawberry or mango. The smell of roses and lilacs. Flowers. 
  • The miracle of birth. How two beings can create life is definitely magic.
  • The rain. From a gentle rain to a raging downpour, I’m drawn to rain like a moth to a flame.
  • Homeschooling our son. I can’t believe that he’s learning so much, and I’ve been there at the helm all the way! This is totally magical to me, and I treasure it.
  • The universe. 

People always ask me about…

Homeschooling:

  • Don’t you need a degree? (nope!)
  • What about socialization? (my Peanut is more social than the average “school kids” because he is an active member of life, not just observing it from a classroom window)
  • What if he wants to go to college or university? (almost all tertiary institutions welcome homeschooled students, and many prefer them over traditionally schooled students)
  • What about testing? (life doesn’t have “tests”, we either know it or not. Homeschooled students also, on average, outperform traditionally schooled students)
  • How do you figure out what to teach? (We cover all the same subjects as traditional school, but we have the luxury to expand on it, and go more in depth if it interests us)
  • What about sports and extra curricular activities? (We can do these too! Piano to karate, cake decorating to sailing lessons. Nothing holding us back!)

Christmas activities I want to do this year

  • Bake lots of yummy treats
  • Bake and decorate gingerbread cookies
  • Go out for a drive to see all the beautiful Christmas lights
  • Watch Christmas movies
  • Deck the halls!
  • Make more sorrel 
  • Go to Westmall to see the decorations
  • Go to the kid’s Christmas party 
  • Shop for a few gifts
  • Make gifts (pictures will be posted in January!)
  • Find the “perfect” journal planner combination for the new year
  • Bake some awesome Christmas food including pork leg, ham, Turkey and all the yummy things that go with it