It took me a while to get going with school this year, with Malachi being so young still. We’re getting there, though! We’re continuing with the Charlotte Mason method (ish) and really enjoying it. Here are some homeschool moments from the last month!
I finally started putting Artist study into our weeks again. Last year we used the artist study packs from Simply Charlotte Mason to learn about Van Gogh, Monet, and Giotto. This year I’m using books I found at a used book store that’s closing in town. I’m starting with Roland Gissing, whom I had never heard of before.
For handicrafts this year, the kids wanted to learn about water colour painting.
I realized this year that I never really required the children to write dates on their work before and so they didn’t know how to spell all of the days of the weeks or the months. Oops! So we’re working on that now. (We also need to work on spelling our last name, which I discovered when the kids were asked to put their name on something at Scouts and they didn’t know their surname. Oops again.)
Sometimes … OK, often … our days feel hectic and disorganized. I struggle to keep the kids on task when I’m frequently being interrupted myself by the baby. Usually our school time starts out smoothly but don’t last that way for very long. So I was very pleased to see Tobi step in to help Annie with her math yesterday when Malachi started to fuss.
Later, doing math with Tobi turned into a family event. When I had to stop and work on getting lunch ready, Annie took over. They’re both getting quite good at their times tables! I guess they have their Daddy’s head for numbers.
So there’s a peek into our school last month! There have been a lot of challenging days but a lot of heart-warming moments as well. I can see improvement in the children, both academically and in their maturity and character. So take heart! If you’re going through a rough patch, it will get better!
So do not grow weary in doing good, for we shall reap in due season if we do not lose heart. -Galatians 6:9