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Ducklings, Chicks, Homeschool FUN! | Thunder Ridge Acres
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Ducklings, Chicks, Homeschool FUN!

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We are finally getting settled in on our little Virginia farm. And yes- it’s beginning to actually look more like a farm. We got a nice flock of Bantam Cochins (including one of our original hens we had before we moved!)..


 

Got tempted into some chicks while at Tractor Supply (go figure), and a few ducklings as well (because every farm needs some ducks!).

 

In a few days we will be adding two beautiful Nigerian Dwarf doelings as well. We have decided to go the bottle-fed goat route- I will explain more about how we came to this decision in a new post. I’m SO excited!

The kids have started taking some fun homeschool classes with a local homeschool co-op. They went to their first classes this week and LOVED IT. Not only does it give me some time to unpack, organize, and get things done around the homestead- they get the opportunity to take some really awesome classes and make some new friends here in the area. Win-win.

 

Our youngest is still unsure about how she feels about it. She has always struggled with being in classes with kids her own age. She definitely prefers the older crowd, as well as smaller classes where she can get one on one attention to explore things she wants to learn about and discuss. Hopefully she will enjoy her next classes. She did enjoy learning about rockets and making her own “rocket”..


Our middle child LOVED it. She didn’t want to leave when it was time to go home. She has always struggled with transitioning from one activity to another, but I love the fact that she wanted to stay- that means she had fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย She’s very excited to go back in a couple days. She also enjoys doing THIS in her spare time here at home, and has requested that we designated her a “mud pit area”- haha!

 

Our oldest was reluctant to go, but ended up having a blast and hasn’t complained once about going back..sooo…I guess that’s a good thing. ย He also started Civil Air Patrol, and has made it to two sessions so far. I really hope he sticks with it and I look forward to when the girls are old enough to join. It seems like an excellent program and it’s a great thing for him to be involved in. Bonus- even though it’s not a homeschool group (it takes place in the evening), there are other homeschoolers in his group. He thought that was pretty neat as well (even though he says homeschoolers are weird- and he’s right- we are definitely a weird bunch but proud of it. What is “normal” anyways?!)

I’ve also almost finished up our curriculum choices for next year- 9th grade (HIGH SCHOOL?! How did THAT happen?!), 4th grade, and 1st grade. I’ll be posting those soon as well. It’s always fun seeing what others decide on their curriculum choices. I think I’ve done SO much research these passed couple of weeks and looked at about a million other blogs ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

So far things are going pretty well here in Virginia. We have a LOT to do still as far as getting settled, but it’s all coming along. We are all just SO happy to be *home*

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22 Comments

  1. robin Rue

    Happy to hear that you are settling in. Change is always a bit unsettling, but it sounds like everyone is adjusting fine.

    05 . 04 . 2017
  2. Shaun pilapil

    This is the first I have heard of a Homeschool co-op. It sound terrific with the lifestyle you are aiming for your kids while growing up. kudos!

    05 . 04 . 2017
  3. sprint shopping

    these are sooo cute!!

    05 . 04 . 2017
  4. Amber Myers

    How fun! My daughter would enjoy all the animals. Too cute.

    05 . 04 . 2017
  5. Jessi Joachim

    My SISTER in law is going to start homeschooling with this next school year. I think it is pretty awesome that she will be able to do it. i really wish my husband would agree to getting chickens though lol

    05 . 04 . 2017
    • Thunder Ridge Acres

      Good luck to your sister in law! Some days are better than others that’s for sure ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I agree- you need some chickens!

      07 . 04 . 2017
  6. Donna Ashworth

    This looks like lots of fun I have to say!!!

    05 . 04 . 2017
  7. Author Brandi Kennedy

    I’m excited to have seen your blog and been able to look around! I love the whole idea of homesteading and the simple life, so this kind of thing is such a refreshing read for me – a city girl. Your girls are so cute, too!

    Author Brandi Kennedy
    authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com

    05 . 04 . 2017
  8. Jessica

    Congratulations on your recent move! The DUCKLINGS are super cute hehe – I always wondered how difficult it would be to get set up to homeschool. I don’t have need to teach anyone personally (yet) but I think it’s something my sister should really look into for her kids, as they are being harassed constantly for being mixed race and nothing is/has been done for a couple of years. I feel like the atmosphere is really halting their potential.

    05 . 04 . 2017
    • Thunder Ridge Acres

      Homeschooling is NOT for everyone (and I actually never planned to!), but it’s definitely working for us. One year at a time ๐Ÿ˜‰ And how horrible that that’s happening to your sister’s kids- completely unacceptable! ๐Ÿ™

      07 . 04 . 2017
  9. Ana De- Jesus

    Change CAN BE UNSETTLING BUT i THINK THAT THE KIDS HANDLED THE ACTIVITIES PRETTY WELL. wish my education was as fun as your lessons x

    05 . 04 . 2017
  10. Bel

    “Nigerian doelings” CAUGHT MY EYE AND I WAS HOOKED. i DIDN’T KNOW WE EVEN HAD A SPECIES RELATED TO US. i FEEL SO PROUD. dUCKS ARE SO SCARCE NOWADAYS SO WHEN I GET TO SEE THEM, i SQUEAL LIKE A BABY BECAUSE THEY WERE PART OF MY CHILDHOOD

    06 . 04 . 2017
  11. DAvid Elliott

    Those little ducklings are cute. I saw a few the other day myself and I love seeing baby ducks. Your kids are pretty adorable as well.

    06 . 04 . 2017
  12. Elizabeth O.

    Looks like everything’s coming together for you guys! I think this is awesome. I love that you’re able to add more animals to your farm. It’s nice to hear that the kids are doing great as well.

    06 . 04 . 2017
  13. Carol Cassara

    Wow! Looks like your farm is growing! I think school isn’t really exciting for anyone until the kids have finally settled, but it’s great that your middle and eldest are enjoying it so far. I’m sure your youngest will get used to it eventually.

    06 . 04 . 2017
  14. laura

    SO Sweet!! i always wanted a duckling as a kid.

    06 . 04 . 2017
  15. Terri Beavers

    I bet it’s gorgeous in Virginia this time of year. Or any time of year from what I can recall. How fun to have a farm. The kids look like they’re having fun.

    06 . 04 . 2017
  16. Megan

    Glad to hear things are settling! We used to have ducks when I grew up!

    06 . 04 . 2017
  17. Blair villanueva

    Glad that you have settling in and also the kids loves it. It is spring season and time for kids to have fun before the school come in ๐Ÿ™‚

    07 . 04 . 2017
  18. stacey

    Virginia is going to be home-base for us too when we are done with this military life. not a farm, but hopefully a nice piece of land.

    07 . 04 . 2017
  19. lex

    SO CUTE, HAVING THE DUCKLINGS , CHICKS AND ALL THE BIRDS AROUND YOU CAN BE SO MUCH FUN FOR LITTLE KIDS GROWING UP. AW!!! HOW I WISH I HAD THIS AS WHEN I WAS MUCH MUCH MUCH MORE OF THE KIDS AGE.

    07 . 04 . 2017
  20. Jennifer L

    What an amazing experience to see the ducklings. We dont get to do those things often here in so Cal

    08 . 04 . 2017

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