1 – Well my writer’s block is gone. I actually wrote a couple of posts this week and have drafts of a few more started. Not too shabby. Thanks so much for your help. The comments really got me to thinking.
2 – We have been listening to Little House in the Big Woods in the van and recently got to the part where Laura talks about making maple syrup at Grandpa’s. That portion of the book goes into quite a bit of detail about getting the sap from the trees for the syrup making. At one point I had to stop the CD while Olivia shared a bit of knowledge she had learned while I was outsourcing nature study.
“Mom, the sap is like the blood of the tree!” She continued with a few more tree facts before she was interrupted by John.
“Wait! If the sap is like the blood of the tree then why are we putting it on our pancakes!!”
3 – Matt will be home in seven more days! Yay!
4 – Another John-ism:
“Sister, if you want to talk about a girl and a dude you have to call her a ‘dudette.'” I laughed so hard at that one I think I embarrassed him.
5 – With great power comes great responsibility — which is why I still need my binkie when I fight crime. Bet you never guessed what really goes on under that mask.
6 – I feel like I need to start thinking about planning some things out for “next year.” I started and then got sidetracked, but need to pick it up again. Things that are in place: reading and handwriting for Olivia, math (though I may depend on something like the Math Mammoth topical books a bit more for grab-and-go days), poetry memorization, art, Spanish, faith. What I need to plan out more: what and how much to do with John (reading- and math-wise), geography/cultures study. I also want to be more consistent with the Bravewriter Lifestyle, and I would love to have some consistent, meaningful interaction with BFSU, but ugh, it seems so hard to pull that together. I’m sure I’ll get in the mood soon.
7 – In the meantime, we are in what I call “streamlined school” mode. Maybe it is because Dad is gone or maybe because it is spring, but my goal each day is to do a few things and be done. So Olivia and I muscle through some reading, spelling, handwriting, and math at a fairly quick pace. Then we sit with a stack of books and read (not all on every day): Faith and Life
, a picture book or two, our space book
, Life of Fred Apples
. We discuss and/or maybe do a related space experiment. We go over our poetry memorization for the day and then call it done. The past two weeks we have not even done art or Spanish other than listening to the audio in the van. I plan on putting those back in our loop next week. The kids come up with their own writing and art projects on a fairly regular basis. Not too shabby. I imagine it will streamline even a little more as we go into our busy camp season. Not sure how many weeks we will take totally off. I know if won’t be many, though. Not because I am a horrible task master, but because it is so hot we will need something
to do inside.
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