I've noticed a direct correlation between my time spent preparing and enthusiasm on the part of my children. I purchased some new art materials (pastels and craypas) just trying to broaden their art experiences. All I had to do was display my picture (far right) and within a day, Tilly (left) and Kalina (above) had picked up the supplies, and drawn their own versions of the planet Saturn.
One of the things I love most about homeschooling is how our learning flows so naturally, seeping into every aspect of our lives together. Because we are learning together (meaning, I am teaching and overseeing the work- and most subjects are taught in a group) it is so much easier to see and make those connections.
even if it kills me.
I sat down at the computer to blog today, when a certain three year old approached me and asked me to read him a story.
And naturally, I chose to spend time with this little guy rather than blog.
Then everyone else was awake, and I had to hit the ground running. Breakfast, laundry, room inspections, and school. I read a chapter out of Kit's Birthday, then on to Story of the World.
The children tried their hand at ancient cuniform, and Persian writing.
And some children transformed their cuniform tablets into Roman soldiers with really big swords. Then it was time to help children with math and reading. Then lunch, next I helped the little boys clean their room, it was nap time, and a friend arrived. Then the little ones were up and Grandma and Grandpa surprised us with doughnuts.
And now, here I am. Whew.
To the commenter who asked about he first photo of Liberty, I made no adjustments to her eyes. Those beautiful catchlights came from positioning her in front of the sliding glass doors. Since the light was shining in the darker room, the light is clearly visible in her eyes. If you pay attention to people's eyes when you are out and about, you'll begin to learn about which situations provide the light you're looking for.
This is what I found Boaz (14) doing at lunch yesterday, and it makes me immensely happy. He was so wrapped up in the book he was reading, he brought it to the table while he ate.
Normally I don't allow the children to read a the table. I do try to teach them decent manners. But I'm such an avid reader myself, we normally break this rule a couple of times a week. We were pressed for time yesterday since we had Cub Scout den day (hence the school supplies still covering the table).
Another thing about this photo that makes me so happy is Boaz's choice of books. We just finished this as a read aloud Monday night. He immediately picked it up and decided to read this on his own. English is a second language for Boaz and my Liberian children still miss a lot when I read aloud. To me, there is no better way for him to improve his English and reading skills than to read a book he's already heard.
And, he is reading a chapter book. Something he couldn't do a year ago.
Yes, these photos made my day yesterday. Tangible proof that we are making progress.