Friday, May 17, 2019

School's Out for the Summer... Sort Of.

Yesterday was the last day of our spring term. We celebrated by going to one of our favorite local spots for popsicles.

Our school year is divided into three terms with breaks in-between. So, technically, we don't take summer off. BUT, we do get a nice, little break for a couple of weeks, and we will take another break in late August / early September before Lucy starts first grade (or, in Charlotte Mason terms, form 1b). And also, since it's kindergarten, we keep it very light anyway - still lots of great books and time outdoors. 

I am still processing everything I have learned so far this year. Homeschooling is extremely challenging in some ways, but it is also deeply rewarding. I am so thankful for the time this year has allowed me to have with my children, watching them grow and learn. They really are such extraordinary people!

"A child is a person in whom all possibilities are present - present now at this very moment - not to be educed after many years and manifold efforts on the part of the educator."
- Charlotte Mason 

Spring Dance Recital

Lucy and Alice had their dance recital this past weekend!

It was Alice's first recital, and it was Lu's first year to be in two different dances. They both worked so hard this year and gave a wonderful performance! I'm so proud of them!

Living Books

As I've mentioned before, we home-educate using Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education. One of the core tenets of this philosophy is the use of "living books".

Charlotte Mason said, "The selection of the first lesson-books is of grave importance, because it rests with these to give children the idea that knowledge is supremely attractive and that reading is delightful."

As someone who grew up reading textbooks in school, memorizing facts and information, it is so refreshing to read these "living books", which are filled with beautiful, "living" ideas. This particular book, Houses from the Sea by Alice E. Goudey, contains the same information about shells that a textbook would, but it is presented in a beautifully-written narrative. Lucy was captivated the entire time I was reading it and has asked to read it many times since. Unsurprisingly, we both learned so much about shells, and we can't wait to take these "living" ideas to the beach with us next week. 

"Give your child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of  information." 
- Charlotte Mason 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Happy Birthday, Lucy!

On Sunday, we celebrated Lucy's 6th birthday! It feels like yesterday that she was born, and now she's basically a teenager. Where has the time gone!?

For her birthday, we were planning to have a small, family party this year. (The girls get a big birthday party with friends every other year.) BUT Lucy's birthday happened to fall on a Sunday, and she invited her entire Children's Church class over to our house for her "party". That is SO LUCY. She loves people, and she loves a good celebration. This year, we celebrated our sweet girl with pink unicorn balloons (of course) and a moon pie "cake" (because why not?). 

An Interview with Lucy, Age 6

What do you want to be when you grow up? An underwater scientist

What is your favorite book? The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio 

What is your favorite food? Beets

What is your favorite toy? Legos

What is your favorite animal? A zebra or a dolphin

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Flying

What is your favorite subject in school? Geography

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Strawberry

Lucy girl, you are brilliant, imaginative, and passionate. You make friends everywhere you go, and you are constantly dreaming up wonderful things. There is always a story in your head, bursting to get out. It is such a joy to be your mama and to watch you grow! We love you, Lu!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Choir Concerts

This year, the girls were part of a local Children's Choir, and this past week was their End-of-the-Year Concert. Cuteness abounds!

The girl beside Alice was cracking me up... She was NOT happy.

This coming weekend, we will celebrate Lucy's SIXTH birthday, and I am feeling very emotional about it. I can't believe my first baby is going to be six! 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

5 Months

Our sweet Esme is five months old! She has grown into such a happy, squishy baby!

At five months, Esme...

- Weighs over 13 lbs. She has climbed into the 15th percentile for weight, which is amazing. And she is developing some adorable baby rolls.

- Does not like crowds or crowded places! She is easily overstimulated in restaurants or kids’ birthday parties (aren’t we all?). But at home, with her family, she is happy as a clam.

- Thinks her sisters are the best!

- Can roll over! I have seen her roll over both ways, but she doesn't do it very often.

- Has graduated from the swaddle. I was worried about this transition, but she has taken it like a champ.

- Seems super interested in food. Every time I eat around her, Esme follows my food with her eyes. I can tell she is going to enjoy solids, though I probably won’t introduce them for another month or so.

- Loves the play gym and has started to notice and interact with her toys. She grabs them and smiles at them... so cute!

- Doesn’t have any teeth yet, but has been very drooly / gnawing on her hands. I think it’s only a matter of time...

- Discovered her feet! Her new favorite thing to do is grab her own foot and try to put it in her mouth. Silly girl!

She looks so much like both of her sisters!

Look at those squishy legs and sweet, little toes!

I see Alice in this expression! But she is clearly her own person.

It is so much fun to watch her grow!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Esme's Newborn Photos

Esme is almost FIVE MONTHS OLD. Where has the time gone?!

When Esme was only about a week old, my friend Ruth came over and photographed our family. I  love the way the pictures turned out...

Oh Esme. We love you so.