But this time we are doing things differently. Before, when we were supposedly in Year O.5, I always used to load her plate much more every day we did lessons. What we have started may be insufficient, but who is to say? It was very needed to regain that passion and love for learning they are born with and that I cultivate too, and we had to, had to slow down and start small. I'm very convinced that the POETIC KNOWLEDGE BOOK CLUB has much to do with my renewed attitude.
|The picture is from last Thursday with a friend when they three painted t-shirts with fabric markers|
I'm also glad I got Kitchen Table Math. We played subtraction and addition war with cards, and I see lots of benefits from this paper pencil break, and from reading the book to understand how to teach math. You can truly use any program with this book, or use none, you'll be fine, the trick to me it is to make some math happen every day or often (we skipped it today!). We are still in a transitional mode, I do know we will gain more momentum, because for example, my husband is off tomorrow and Monday, so we will take them to the movies for free. They've been to the movies for a dollar once almost three years ago. We went to see The Tale of Desperaux, we listened to the book in audio, and my husband and I loved it. I can't believe there are free family shows in the theaters around! We'll see how it goes.
She is also enjoying her recorder and the DVD to practice from it. All in all, we are having a wonderful summer season alternating some of the Charlotte Mason principles with a summer with friends in the water park, lazy afternoons, walks, and some special things with mom and dad or friends.
I forgot. My generous and nifty book connoisseur friend Heather, came on Tuesday and gave us Norman the Doorman (the girls adore the book), and Wee Gillis, and once more, my oldest was captivated by the powerfully written story by Munro Leaf.
As for me, I continue with The Republic, but I got The Diviner yesterday, and I started to read what it is a wonderful collection of short stories by Friel. LIFE IS SO GOOD!