This is their favorite way to spend an afternoon at the park. 🌳☀️🐜🚧 “There is no substitute for play as a means of learning...” -Dr. Peter Gray, Free to Learn
A sign of a day well spent outside 😎 There’s a quote I see often that goes “show me your schedule and I’ll show you your priorities”. I had a big eye opener yesterday when I logged into the Moment screen tracker app for the first time in awhile, and I noticed a common trend. Green & yellow weekends with 1-2 hrs spent using my phone/day at the most, and red weekdays that topped out at 5-6 hrs/day on my phone 😳 I was pretty appalled at myself, and I could believe I had spent that much time on my phone each day, but the numbers don’t lie. Making sure I spend #weekendsoffline is always a good idea, but I was already doing a great job being more intentional about my phone usage. The biggest difference between my weekdays and weekends is the amount of time I spend around another adult. I hate to say that my days at home with my kids are when I am the least present, but just being available for them just doesn’t seem to be a priority for me. And obviously I want it to. So to get myself back into the habit of not sitting with my phone in my hand all day, I’m going to try to make our days a little busier. The more time I spend out of the house and in an environment that requires to me pay attention to my children and other adults (and other people’s children), the less time I will spend aimlessly scroll on my phone. Today’s activity was 4 and a half hours at the water park; definitely not a phone friendly environment. And because of it, I’ve spent less than an hour on my phone, and it’s past 4pm. I know I’ll keep up this practice over the weekend, so I’m hoping three days of success keeps the momentum going into next week when I have an activity schedule for every day. And with that, I hope y’all have a wonderful and intentional weekends!
Just observing, reflecting, and thinking. Children have such a great capacity for concentration and attention when we allow them the time.
She loves flipping through these Bible stories and retelling them to herself. Her current favorite is the story of Adam and Eve. 📚🍎
Everything in life is a learning experience. This idea is so simple but carries so much truth with it. Everything that we do and experience, every emotion we feel, and person we know has something to teach us. We are always learning whether we realize it or not. And it is even more true for children. 🚂
Not all classrooms have four walls 🌳🌸☀️
Just hanging around waiting on the weekend to begin! What are your plans? . . Dress: @lanetograce Shorts: @lottiemaeclothing (SCOTTLYNN10) Shoes: @footmates_shoes Bow: @lindsayluedesigns (THEWHITESIDEGIRLS) . . . #hangin #hangingout #weekend #timetochill #handmadeeverything #ruffleshorts #sundress #ponytail #footmates #scottlynnwhiteside #babyblues #streetlight #inthecity #brandreppin #childmodel #summertimeisnear #kidsplay #childhoodbliss #letthekids #littlegirl #freetobekids #lanetograce #lottiemaeclothing #strengthandbeauty #stronggirls #readyfortheweekend #childhooduninterrupted
“Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process...the independent scientist in the child disappears.” -John Holt 🌳🌸☀️🌼 The work of John Holt completely changed my thoughts on education, the system, how our childhoods affect us, and how children really learn. I feel so grateful to have discovered his books and put his ideas into practice while my kids are small.
In documenting community, motherhood, childhood and joy, sometimes all the elements come together unexpectedly. This mother of 13 (soon-to-be great grandmother) and this young boy live in the same building (which happens to be where I grew up) but did not know each other. Our children are #soeasytolove ❤️#amotherslove #motheringinthemovement #motherhood #blackjoy #blackboymagic #ittakesavillage #protectourchildren #childhooduninterrupted #childhood
“The petals look like snow!” 🌺🌸🌼
This girl just loves picking and smelling flowers. 🌸🌼🌺🌷
“But what about socialization?”...I had the same questions before we really researched and began our homeschool journey. But this photo explains it all. Siblings learn so much from each other. 👦👧
Little man is eating his dinner in front of the glass door in front of our maple tree waiting to spy the chickadees ♡♡♡♡ #letthembelittle #stopandlookup #childnaturalists #loveourchickadees ##childhooduninterrupted #homeschoollife #anchored
Baking cupcakes together on this rainy morning. 👨🍳👩🍳
“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. -A.A. Milne ☀️📚 Reading Winnie the Pooh in the sunshine today.
To anyone else it is a pile of toys between two kids....to this momma who overheard their plans, it's siblings building Abe Lincoln's house...a little guy asking his sister what Abe Lincoln likes, to which she replied "Log houses, kindness and LOTS of books!" #mustbedoingsomethingright #siblingslearntogether #learningthroughplay #momentsmommaisblessedtocapture #homeschoollife #homeschoollookslikethis #preschoolstem #raisingthinkers #childhooduninterrupted #charolettemasoninspired #anchored
Bend It Like Soli
We have majorly been on the struggle bus around here this past week. Everybody’s under the weather + the kids were waitlisted for pre-k. So in between blowing noses and pediatrician visits, I’ll be calling around to local private schools to get tuition rates and schedule tours. And hopefully find some time to catch up on homework since it’s currently spring break. But at least I got to enjoy this amazing homemade bread yesterday at breakfast.
The art of donut eating
Leave it to @danielleguentherphotos to find the surreal moments within the normal everyday. Goals! Amirite? Featured by @keetchphoto . . . . #candidchildhood #childhooduninterrupted #dream #reflection #motherhoodunplugged #nyc #magicofchildhood #letthekidsplay #nothingisordinary_ #our_everyday_moments #letthembekids
Finding unique light is always a goal for photographers, and to be able to catch that special light with the constant motion of a child is talent! Check out @karleehooperphotography as she seems to have the hang of it! Featured by @keetchphoto . . #subjectlight #childhooduninterrupted #childhoodunplugged_portraits #letthekids #letthekidsplay #goldenhourlight #lifeandlensblog #lookslikefilm #lifestylephotographer #magicofchildren #makemoments
The Sunday before spring break.
When you’re working on the roof and someone steals your ladder.
Re-enacting scenes from last night’s viewing of “Jane” 🐵👧🏻💝
Ready for a night of online shopping and watching something other than anime. I asked how things were going at home, and the response was ‘pretty good, the girls haven’t killed each other yet.’ 💁🏻♀️ #momsaway
Work of art: the next great artist
My mind is currently consumed with finding a good preschool for the kids to start at this fall. I swear they are growing up too quick 😭
Get your nature on! Just out there being the happiest version of herself
Enjoying the gorgeous weather, twinnin’ with my baby girl, and snapping all the selfies ❤️📷👩🏻👧🏻
Just another day here, in small town USA
And for every T’Challa, we feel your burden. We see your brilliance. All of us who teach, who hold, who nurture, who discipline, who love: MOTHERS. We got you, young King🤴🏿👑✊🏾❤️ * * * * #motheringinthemovement #mothering #motherhood #blackmotherhood #blackbabies #blackchildhood #childhooduninterrupted #blackgirljoy #blackboyjoy #blackgirlmagic #blackpanther #blackpanthermovie #communityscreening #blm #freedomschool #protectthem #documentaryfilm #canonphotography #portraits #womeninfilm #blackwomeninfilm #blackwomendirectors #wakandaforever #tchalla #king #blackboy #blackboymagic