Come into our garden

8:19 AM

And now, a brief post about gardening. Well, not really. I don't do much gardening though I do have very specific ideas of what I like and don't like and am not quiet at all about sharing that information with the person in my house who actually does do the gardening. I'm a lucky girl that he is so easy going.

An adventure was had by all yesterday as we visited Stanley's Greenhouse. To say it was packed with both plants and people would be an enormous understatement.  The checkout lines were immense and I'm only glad I didn't have to wait in one, though there were many things I would have loved to bring home.

Like this Hydrangea.  How gorgeous is this?  I've never seen this color. Normally it's pale pink or blue or purple.  

One of the cutest things was the miniature terrarium section -filled with tiny garden furniture; like for fairies or gnomes. It was SO dang cute!!!  I certainly don't need another hobby, but it is soooooo tempting!

Here's a simple one they had on display.
Wee garden!

There were many plants and flowers that I had never seen before and many that I thought would be  lovely in our own garden. We've decided to wait an entire year before we do any major changes to our yard since this is our first year here.

This ColorBlaze Sedona coleus is in contention for complimenting our boxwood in the front of our house. How gorgeous is this!?

ColorBlaze Sedona Coleus

They had beautiful succulents, like this Hens & Chicks.
Cobweb Hens & Chicks

These were so cool but really kinda creepy - like a family of spiders is lying in wait.  I passed on these but did buy a plain Hens & Chicks for my kitchen window sill.

Beautiful blossom!
I have no idea what this flower is, I didn't take a photo of the tag.  If you know what it is -feel free to leave a comment.

Here's one last photo - of my husband in a pith helmet, because everyone should have a pith helmet.


The Next Step - What does the State Require?

9:40 AM

Now that we've decided to homeschool the next few months will be filled with research. There are so many things to consider.

Here are a few things we need to research:

  • The state regulations for homeschooling
  • Homeschool education styles
  • Our daughter's learning style
  • Local homeschool resources (support groups)
  • Online homeschool resources
  • Family budget for curriclum and supplies
  • Selecting curricula

So far it's been relatively easy finding information regarding Tennessee state laws in regards to homeschool. As with many other states our options are to either register with the school district as an independent homeschool, enroll in an umbrella school, or choose an accredited online school. 

Enrolling through the school district leaves us subject to the public school regulations regarding standardized testing. As far as I can tell, it is the same for the accredited online schools.  Since this is one of the reasons we want our girl out of the public school system we'll be enrolling her in an umbrella school.

Here in TN the majority of the umbrella schools are church related schools (CSRs) and many of those require a statement of faith.  I don't have a problem with the requirement per se, it's just not for us.  So, my search has taken me in the direction of a more secular based umbrella school that will still provide the same options for opting out of testing.  Two schools have surfaced in my research. The HomeLife Academy and The Farm School.

Both places basically provide record keeping and transcripts should we require them in the future. Neither umbrella places restrictions on what curriculum we teach so we will have a lot of flexibility in what choices we make.

So, now we decide which one is better and I'm leaning towards HomeLife Academy as I've found quite a few positive reviews on the Secular Homeschool Forum   I also like that their reporting is in one location, whereas The Farm School uses another resource for that.

One decision down and many more to go. It's worth all the time and effort..this girl deserves the best.


Homeschool a-go-go

5:16 PM

The decision has been made.  This is the last year of public school our daughter will attend. Beginning in July (yes, July!) we will all be on a new journey to teach our girl about life, help her discover who she is and who she wants to be. And we can totally do that if we teach her ourselves.  We made her and it's our job to teach her.  Having her home will mean learning can and will happen all the time, not just what we can fit into the few short hours between homework and bedtime when we're all tired and frustrated.  It will be a new way of life for us, but it's going to be good.

I realize this is primarily a crafting blog and that I don't normally drag my personal life into it, but as my lifestyle changes, so will my blog.

Coming soon, you'll be able to find posts about our homeschooling adventures listed under a new page called, amazingly, homeschool.   I hope you'll stick around - there will always be plenty of handmade to be seen - but it may not always be my hands making it.   And that's a good thing too.

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