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I’m not sure if I mentioned over the summer what our school year would be like. In June we (my son and I) attended an open house for a new homeschool center. It was a dream come true, the same idea I have been wanting to build for years. I jumped on board the same day as a founder and facilitator. So in
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The first week I took the stuff for soap carving and the kids had a ball. Some just enjoyed making the tools, some made tools and then just destroyed soap, and a very small few made carvings worthy of actually taking home. I had gotten a review copy of this book, and liked it a lot! I took it in that day, plus a few older soap carving books I had as well. I’m hoping to sit down one day soon and try some of these carvings myself, but the kids took all the soap I had and I haven’t had a chance to buy more yet.
If you’re curious, I put all the destroyed soap in a ziploc, and on a rainy day I’m going to take it back in to add some water and make soap clay. Then they kids can mold and take home their soap clay creations for later use.
The following week one of our older girls brought in needle felting supplies and it was the most popular activity yet! I think about half of the kids are in the Fiber/Felting Guild. Some even went out and bought their own kits and tools to do more at home. I asked on a group I’m in about places to buy affordable wool for these kids and got a ton of lovely donations. The facilities stash is now better than my own! Since we work on limited time there I left lots of wool there, and brought some home to
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the soap carvings or felted works. It’s hard to teach, lead, craft, and take photos. Especially when I’d rather encourage than pull out the camera. Next week I’m taking supplies to make wet felted pictures and I am definitely getting photos of those!
The facility we use is actually part of a horse farm, and the other day I caught this horse enjoying a snooze, mouth open!
Ever since we started this facility I come home Monday and Tuesday and am a lump on the couch until bed, as awake as that horse. On Wednesday-Friday my son picked a really tough and rigorous homeschool curriculum and we are at work from 9-3, with a few short breaks in between.
Between the facility and curriculum
This week we decided we just couldn’t take any more, so now on