Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This is school at our house.

School looks like this
for my high school students.
There are two of them.
They are greatly outnumbered.
(Good scholars!)

The lone middle schooler moves
outdoors:  Science, handwriting, math...
with a pumpkin holding down the page.

(That's not dirt on the's paint from 
the time we built a ziggurat!)
After a reading lesson for the kindergarten kid,
the toddler quickly discards her princess dress and sparkly shoes...

 because we watered the carrots so we could pull them and
it was the first nice (not scorchingly hot)
day we've had in a long time
and sometimes little boys (and girls too) just
want to play in the mud.

And their mommy says, 
"Well...why not?"
Today, unlike most days, she can't think of a single good reason.
(She decides to classify it under a "Montessori-type" heading.)

Mud washes off,
first in the wading pool 
and second in the bathtub.
School was "had," 
reading, writing, 'rithmatic included.
And everyone, even the mommy, was very happy.

We - the Johnson Family - wish all of our friends and loved ones
a good school year - full of love, happiness, exitement over learning,
and maybe even a little mud.


  1. Love, love, love this!! I just want to squish my toes in the mud too. And I know two other children who would be right in there too. lol. :)

  2. Thank you =) for showing how you put the 'home' in home school. We are gearing up for another year also: school begins on Monday. God Bless!

  3. Holly...these are familiar and pleasing images! We've homeschooled our two girls from the beginning. Michaeal is in 9th grade and Tori is in 7th. As of this year, Michaela is enrolloed in A Beka Academy via their video far so good! Homeschooling has been a huge blessing to our family. Blessings to you, Jeff and your family!

  4. Mud is the stuff of life. :D It all looks awesome, glad to see everything off to a good start!

    I'm starting my daughter the day after Labor Day. She's so excited about learning how to read. :)

  5. that just looks fun! I want to play too! :)

  6. Love the mud. I smiled at Miriam because my MaryAgnes loves to go from princess dress and dancing shoes to just undies faster than I can keep up.