this post is about our laid back homeschooling days and learning something new
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I LOVE our pre-planned curriculum that allows me to homeschool the kids without much prep or planning. It’s the perfect amount of structure that helps us take measurable steps and stay focused without being overwhelmed with to do’s. But one of the things I love most about homeschool is getting to live a more unstructured life and go with the flow every day.
We have a few activities we do regularly – baseball, gymnastics, and violin (Vivi) mainly. But other than that, I don’t do much outside of our day to day life here on the farm.
Having a jam packed schedule with tons and tons of classes and activities can be stressful to me, so we don’t do it!
Then when something fun does come up and we want to do it – we usually have plenty of margin in our day to make it work. Like this pottery class we went to today!
My friend Kelly is an amazing artist and potter. She does lots of classes like this. And the coolest part is that she speaks scripture & life lessons to the kids while teaching using pottery and parables.
They get to get their hands dirty, create art to classical music being played in the background, and they’re being sown into with the love of Jesus. For real. So cool.
I love seeing what their tiny hands create, and the serious looks on their faces.
Hank especially liked this project they did making a snake and then rolling it up into a snail
And he loves those things in real life too. Snakes, spiders, and critters of all kinds are friends to Hankerz
Vivi is definitely the artist of the family. She has been since she was teeny tiny. She loves tinkering with little things and is so particular with her work. Always focused, takes her time, and loves evaluating her work and progress. She’s really musical too and has the sweetest little singing voice. I have a feeling she’ll take a really unique path in life and be very colorful. Her name means “full of life” and she is.
They got to use a big extruder which was definitely a highlight. It make a big popping noise when the clay came through which the kids went nuts over.
I love them. I love how excited they get about new things. This is my favorite job. Being a mom. After I quit working in the cath lab it was weird when people asked what I did. For the longest time I’d say “I used to be a nurse”. But now I just say – I’m a mom, and it’s the best description for what I do, the highest of my callings.
Trying out different textures – I’d totally recommend a hands on pottery class, they had a blast!
And I got to get a sneak peak of some dinnerware Kelly’s making for me.
I learn so much about the Lord from her stories using clay to illustrate His love for us.
She says, the water is like the Holy Spirit and we are like the clay. Without water, clay can’t be shaped into something beautiful and useful.
And that’s like us with God – without His Holy Spirit we can try and try to get it right, but it never works out.
Look at these plates! They’re beautiful, I can’t wait to bring them home!
I love the uniqueness of handmade pottery. Once again – it’s just like us. Each shaped with care and made for a purpose, each different, but beautiful.
I even got to help smoothe the edges of one today. Such a cool process.
It’s back to the farm and all of our furry babies – but we had such a fun day learning about clay and God’s love and plan for each and every one of us.
You can book a pottery + parables class on Kelly’s website