Summer of Sewing

I took a break from quilting this summer in favor of a few sewing projects. I made matching dresses for my little granddaughters that they wore when we all got together in July:

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I turned some old tops of mine that were made out of very good fabric into leggings (the dark pink ones are capris) for my youngest granddaughter, using the principle of repurposing that I learned from my gram so many years ago:

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Then I made Baby Girl one more pair of leggings out of some fabric I bought at a fabric sale:

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It’s so much fun to make little duds! I also made some other projects that I will share in future posts. Before long, I also hope to start another quilt 🙂

V is for Vacations

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V is for vacations. One of the many benefits of homeschooling is that it frees you from the school calendar and lets your family take vacations during the school year, when tourist havens are uncrowded and so are the beaches.

We often took vacations in May and September and spent the hot, muggy summer afternoons doing school in our air-conditioned house. It was a win-win situation. When we traveled, our kids loved when we drove past schools with children trapped in classrooms while they were free to have fun.

In May 2000, we watched a shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida and were tickled to see that many of the cars, vans and campers lining the road near where the spectators stood had bumper stickers proclaiming homeschool status. Let’s hear it for vacations any time of the year!

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H is for Hugs

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H is for hugs. Kids need affection, but in this day and age, teachers are afraid to be affectionate with their students because of a few bad apples who took touching their students too far. But we can hug our kids with joy when they master a new concept, or when they need encouragement, or just because we feel like it. (One of my favorite sayings is “Always give in to the impulse to hug your child.”) Homeschooled children can grow up secure in their family’s love, with affection being a daily event.

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Another Argument for School Choice

Dr. Walter E. Williams has the knack of distilling an important issue down to its essence, and this article of his is a great example of that.

He’s discussing school choice, and why government should not be involved in the allocation of funds to education. He makes it so easy to understand; can you tell I’m a big fan of his work?

Why Teen Girls are Suffering

Across the pond, a psychologist is claiming that the busy lives of two-career families is putting too much strain on teenage girls, leaving them vulnerable to mental illness. He suggests that parents put more time in with their daughters and limit their access to social media and technology.

I agree with him, but I do wonder why he left out boys. They need their parents as much as their sisters do, don’t they?