School is taking up more and more of my thinking these days. It is creeping in at different times of day and I’m starting to see more possibilities for the days when we don’t normally do ‘school’. I’m trying to be more flexible in our timing, slotting in history stories before bed or art projects when Daddy is home or Neirin is in bed.
Huwyl is loving the work we are doing, especially anything to do with history. We are currently following along with Story Of The World Ancients, I’m speeding through a few of the chapters on the Assyrians, Babylonians and Phoenicians to get to the Greeks and Romans. We are reading the stories but we aren’t doing any activities or narrations, I just can’t wait to get to the Greek mythology stuff!
We are also enjoying our reading of Fifty Famous Stories and Viking Tales, they make great before bed reading and certainly fire up Huwyl’s imagination. Even Winnie the White gets in the spirit of things,
We’re also enjoying our Artistic Pursuits curriculum, last week Huwyl did his first still life, he chose the objects himself and spent a good amount of time drawing them in his watercolour pencils.
I’m really enjoying the variety of art and projects in this book, it is helping Huwyl to evolve his art and ideas about what he can do. I like that this is separate to his independent creating or the crafts we do, this is a more refined process that demands more of him and exceeds what the thinks he is capable of.
But of course the fun isn’t limited to just weekdays, as well as carrying on with music practice and our stories we have Daddy on board and his amazing ability to come up with fun projects at a moments notice.
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When we aren’t actually doing school I’m thinking about school, how to improve our lessons and what resources I want to buy in for grade 2. There are so many fun things we can do! It’s hard to believe that in September we’ll be beginning our 3rd year of school, it has gone by so quickly. Honestly the time we spend doing our school is my favourite time of the week, Huwyl is such a receptive student and I love knowing he is having ‘learning’ fun as he does his lesson on the trampoline or snuggled up on the sofa or right there at the table, pencil in hand.
Each time he learns something new, or lights up with excitement about reading a new history story I know that what we are doing is a little bit magical. Lots of work but magical none the less.