One of the joys of homeschooling is the ability to learn by doing and to take our classroom on the road.

We have a great homeschool group who put together activities for families.  I’m a huge advocate of homeschooled children belonging to social groups, having friends and developing their social skills as well as learning about the world around them.   I’ve said it numerous times before but the fact that so many schools have cut funding for art and physical education as well as the lack of languages being taught in elementary school just don’t sit well with me.

And yes, I can say this knowing that the twins are in pre-school outside the home and also knowing that we may not continue homeschooling next year.  What we choose to do is to take each school year as it comes and if things need to be changed then we are open to exploring our options.

In my perfect world, my children would attend a ‘traditional’ school a couple of days a week and learn from home the remainder of the school week.  This would give them the best of both worlds, a qualified teacher to teach them their core subjects, as well as social interaction with their peers, but also the ability for me to teach them art, get them involved in some form of physical education and teach them about the world around them with field trips, travel and classes outside of their home and school environments.

Anyway, I kind of trailed off for a moment.  What I did want to share are some photographs of a field trip we took recently to The Farm.  It was a great experience for the kids.  They learned how many servings of fruit and vegetables they should have a day, the differences between fruit and vegetables, they had the chance to touch farm animals, go on a hay ride, pick strawberries and we came home with bags and bags of fresh organic fruit, vegetables and eggs.

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cat October 14, 2009 - 11:55 pm

Hi Tonya, love your new home. The pictures are beautiful, as always. I agree, combining both worlds would be great.

Tutu Monkey October 15, 2009 - 8:08 am

Looks FABULOUS!!!!!!! Love the new digs and the pictures are great!!

donna October 15, 2009 - 5:50 am

TONYA!!! I love the new digs!! Awesome website, girl!

And the pictures – as always, your pictures amaze me! Great post, I love that you take such wonderful care of your children and their overall (very) healthy development.

Keri October 15, 2009 - 12:31 pm

Your site is amazing, great photos, wonderful visit. Keri

Bre October 15, 2009 - 8:36 am

Love your new home, T! Now I can really keep up with what you guys are up to. I’m so excited for you. Great farm post. Your pictures rock, girlfriend. Beautiful!

Leah October 15, 2009 - 8:56 am

Fabulous photos Tonya – I feel like I keep repeating myself here! You have great talent!

Shannon October 15, 2009 - 9:09 am

Yummy! The photos are gorgeous and what a wonderful outing (and bonus that it counts for school too)!

Sharlene October 15, 2009 - 9:17 am

The Farm looks amazing. Beautiful pictures T. Love the new site.

Cleobytheseao October 15, 2009 - 12:04 pm

Beautiful photo’s full of energy. It’s so good to see how people 1000,s of miles away live their lives.

I agree wholeheartedly about the schooling issue, there seems to be a great deal to be had out of the socialisation in traditional schools yet reap the benefits of one to one at home. Good luck with it.

Cheryl October 15, 2009 - 3:37 pm

Oh Tonya, LOVE the new look! The photos are amazing and NOTHING warms my heart like a li;l bunny! (We had a pet bunny for 8 years…great little creatures!)

Congrats on the wonderful new locale!

Nikki October 16, 2009 - 12:40 pm

Beautiful photos! I love that you guys went to an organic farm and that you homeschool! So cool!

Lisa Demars October 18, 2009 - 9:53 am

love your new look..It’s in my favorites…Hope ya have a great weekend..hugs

Adrian October 24, 2009 - 11:50 pm

Great pictures. Looks like your kids had a great time with the animals. PS: I’ll bet Nanny Goats in Panties would love some of those goat pics.


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