I feel like I have not been doing as many journal-type posts here lately. I enjoy writing reviews and writing about plans for next year and organizational stuff, but those posts take so much time to write! So expect a few more rambling “what’s going on around here” type posts as I try to be more conscious about noting down some of the everyday happenings around here. I am also working on my 7th grade plans post and should have that up soon.
Some random photos and happenings from the last couple of weeks….
James turned 10!
We did a few Easter crafts in the week leading up to Easter…these crayon resist watercolor eggs were a big hit. We drew an egg-shape with a white crayon, made designs with a white crayon, and colored over the eggs with watercolors. The design pops out, kind of like a secret message!
When the eggs were dry we cut them out, though I notice now that I didn’t actually photograph any of them after they were cut out. The paper tends to get kind of wrinkly, but we just flattened the eggs under heavy books for a couple of hours after cutting them out.
Sometimes I don’t really feel up to the whole holiday crafting thing, but I have found that if I just get the materials out, the kids’ enthusiasm is contagious enough to carry me through and make me glad I made the effort. I have found it works best to offer any craft projects during our regular schoolwork time. Everyone wants to participate if it means a break from math!
Exciting news….we finished our first curriculum product of the year! James finished up Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Level 4. He worked very diligently on his cursive the past couple of weeks once he saw how close he was to finishing!
I think he’s got some pretty decent cursive going on! I know it may seem a little outdated to learn cursive in this day and age, but I really want the kids to be able to write this way, and I definitely want them to be able to read cursive. This program has been great for James and his handwriting has really gotten quite legible. I gave him the choice of starting level 5 right away or waiting until fall, and he chose to wait. One subject down for him!
We colored eggs, of course. These are eggs from our own chickens because I can’t stand the thought of buying white eggs to color when we have so many dozens in the fridge from our own flock. Our chickens are all brown or green egg-layers and we just use the regular commercial egg dye kits….the darker eggs definitely come out more muted, almost like with a natural dye. I really like the effect. We had just enough snow melt to make an outdoor Easter egg hunt possible.
We found our first flower while hunting for eggs! A tiny little purple crocus.
This week I think we are finishing up our maple syrup production run. I have just one batch left to finish tomorrow, and that should put us at a little under 2 gallons. I would have liked a bit more, but the weather is warming up this week, too warm to store sap outdoors without spoiling. Plus, I am just ready to be done with it.
What else? Christopher starts archery again, Grace is back to her outdoor riding lessons…the extracurriculars are feeling a little crazy lately and I really need to pause and take stock of what we are currently involved in. I am trying out Writing Strands with James and Christopher this week. I want to get James writing more and Christopher needs a break from Writing with Skill. Also, Rose and I will finish Bookshark World Cultures this week! We will be going straight into Sonlight Core B, which thankfully I already own, I just need to get the books out and shelved.
Till next time!