We are totally excited for the coming school year!  Not only do we get to study and experience some awesome things, but it also means new changes and old faces.

Here are the top ten reasons why we are excited about learning this year:

1. This will be our first year where we start out unschooling!

Last year we began with relaxed homeschooling, even though I was fully on board with unschooling.  My husband and I just weren’t ready to let go of some of our fears about fully trusting our children.

This year, we are starting out as “official” unschoolers.  Although we have several projects going, the girls are free to join in or opt out of anything.  They have usually been pretty enthusiastic about our studies though.

2. The possibility of a new house.

We are currently getting our house ready to sell and hope to find a larger home in the area that will accommodate our space needs.  I would love to have a room where we can set up art supplies and hobbies without having to worry about them needing to be picked up.

3. Life of Fred!

life of fred math books

I would have never guessed that one of Denna’s favorite books for me to read to her would be a living math book.

We are almost done with the first book, titled Apples.  We both can’t wait to see what hilarious adventures Fred has in store for book 2!

4. Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Last year we went as a family to the Renaissance Festival and had a blast.  We plan to go again this year, sans daddy.

This year, one of the theme weekends is called Threads of Time.  It will have Irish dancers and legends, Steampunk, and LARP!!!  (Live Action Role-Playing)

5. Daddy comes home

I know it is bad to already want the year to be over, but by the time next summer rolls around Jay will be back home with us!

This separation is nothing like the previous two deployments we have experienced.  We get to talk or video chat almost every day.  He has a pretty normal work schedule.  He is also blessed with his own barracks room and all the comforts a military base can provide.

But still, it will be nice to be a whole family again.  ;0)

6. Taking pictures with my new camera

I’ve had my camera for 5 months now and I am completely in love with it.  It makes my blog look so awesome with great pics of all our adventures!

It may be selfish, but I am excited about using my camera even more this year to document our lives.

7. Catching up with old and new friends at our local homeschool group

The people in our homeschool group are a fantastic bunch.  I love getting together, and my kids love learning and playing with their friends.  They are going to be very excited when we start back up in the fall.

8. The Hobbit Movie

Ok- how can you NOT be excited about the new Hobbit movie coming out this winter?

This is going to plunge me into reading the LOTR books finally- I think.  My kids are already talking about making costumes to go see it when it comes out!

 9. Our Civil War study

We have been reading and researching the precursory events that led up to the Civil War this summer.  In a few months, we will be jumping into how the war between the States played out in Kansas Territory.

Both the girls have been loving this study. I plan to take them to several local historic sites and see as much as we can that relates to this topic!

10.  Living and learning as a family

This one might be a repeat of #1, but we are excited about just being together as a family.  Playing games, reading books, making art, having discussions- that is just what we do!

And we love working as a team also.  Our home has become much more peaceful and democratic in the past year.  I no longer have to fight (for the most part) over chores or helping out.

There are still days when we get on each other’s nerves.  But we are still excited about life together!

Do you have a top ten list for the week?  Link it up over at Many Little Blessings!

And be sure to check out all the other iHN participants over at the 10 in 10 blog hop!

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9 Responses to Why We Are So Excited About Learning This Year

  1. Jamie Worley says:

    Oooo! Starting out unschooling! I think I’m too chicken to be an unschooler, but I believe I lean more and more that way as the years go by. Right now I’m eclecticy Charlotte Masonish with very slight unschooling tendencies. If I actually take the time to learn more about it, I’d probably be more that way. At this point, especially with trying to graduate my teen this year, I don’t think I’m knowledgeable enough to do it that way — but maybe as my younger one gets older…

    And you know, as a photographer I have to love the one about your camera. :)

    • Aadel says:

      I used to love photography in high school, but that was back when you had dark rooms! This is much cooler!

  2. Becca & David Nelson says:

    My girls LOVE Life of Fred! We’re all excited about continuing with that series this school year, too.

  3. Aadel — I’m thinking strongly about The Life of Fred, and I think your post just sold me. So, thanks for helping me make up my mind!

    I love everything on your list… looking forward to see more great pictures from your camera and praying the sale of your house and looking for a new home goes smoothly.

    • Aadel says:

      Life of Fred is amazing. I don’t really care for math programs but these books have everyone- including my hubby- laughing and actually doing the puzzles! It creates an awesome background for thinking logically (which is really the language of math anyways).

  4. New-ish subscriber here….I saw this post mentioning “Life of Fred”…checked out the author’s website and ordered the book “Apples” to start with. It is so AWESOME! I didn’t even know something like that existed. I showed it to my father-in-law, who had a phD in math from Stanford….and he was so excited about the book, too. I can hardly wait to sit down with my kids and read the first chapter together.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Paola Collazo says:

    Hello! I am researching Life of Fred. Can you please share some info? Are you still using it? Is it working for Middle School? Are you using it by itself or as a supplement? Thank you so much for your input, I appreciate!

    • Hello Paola!

      We still use Life of Fred. Usually it is a book we pick up and read together and work through the problems as a family. It might not work as a full curriculum but it is very good at teaching how to think about mathematics in the context of the real world. I would consider them “math readers” with heavy information. They do progress just like a math text would!

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