Saturday, May 21, 2011

2010-2011 School Year Completed!

Yesterday was our last day of "regular" school!!
(Cheers and much dancing!)
Next week we will be doing term exams, and this is always looked upon as a fun school week by all the boys.

During the last few days we have spent a good deal of time discussing our favorite book selections from this school year.  I asked each of the boys for their three top favorite selections. This proved and impossible task, so I stretched it to five favorites.

 After much deliberation, Keishon narrowed his favorites down to these five books:

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Men of Iron - Howard Pyle
Wind in The Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Book Of Indians -  Holling C. Holling
The Heroes - Charles Kingsley

Nick's five favorites are:

Pinocchio - C. Collodi
Sea Bird - Holling C. Holling
Child's History of the World - V.M. Hilyer
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Peter Pan - James Barrie (not pictured, because we borrowed this one from the library)

Add just didn't get the four or five limit. He was nearly in tears because he had so many favorites and he wanted all of them on his picture.  So here he is hiding behind his six favorites.

Pagoo - Holling C. Holling
Seabird - Holling C. Holling
Zlateh  the Goat - Isaac Bashevis Singer
A Child's History of the World - V.M. Hilyer
Charlotte's Web - E. B. White
Dr. Dolittle - Hugh Lofting

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to hear them trying to pick favorites from among all these wonderful books.

As we finish up this year, I am already busy planning our next school year.
And, I am counting the days until the Childlight Conference.  
I can't say enough good things about this annual Charlotte Mason Education Conference.  I look forward to it each year for inspiration and encouragement.  Teaching from a CM perspective takes a tremendous paradigm shift, and this can be really daunting.  The Childlight Education Conference is the perfect place to take your questions and come away with answers, and the courage to tackle the task ahead.  I can't wait!!!

I know that this conference will be a bit different for me, since I will be taking Itty Bits with me.
But you know, I wouldn't trade my little sunshine for the world!  I could just eat this little gal up!
Seriously, do they make cuter babies anywhere?

But back to school subjects, before I get too entirely sidetracked gushing about my baby love. (Grins)

I am already really excited about our next school year, and can't wait to have all our new books in hand.
The CLUSA pre-pilot year has been really good for me (though it has also been really hard at some points, too)
This next year we will only be piloting Y4, and I will be making a few adaptations to bring all the boys on board for most of our studies.  Of course, Math and that sort of thing will be at appropriate levels, and K. will have a heavier load than the younger two boys.

Our history time period will be running roughly from about 1650 to 1770.

Our book list for the year has no less than 50 books, 64 if you add in free reads.
This probably should be overwhelming, but I feel like a kid in a candy store.
This might be due to the fact that many of our books for this year are selections that I have never read and I can't wait to get my hands on them.  These books come recommended by people that I know and trust, so I am quite sure that even the ones I am not familiar with will be wonderful.

It seems that maybe this year I will actually learn something about astronomy.  Hah! about time, Right?
Surely, one of the eight science books will help me to get over my desire to see the dots in sky connected with little lines.

Maybe it will be
Night Watch, a Practical Guide - Terence Dickinson
Stars: The New Way To See Them - H. A. Rey

I am also looking forward to reading what George Washington has to say in his book
"Rules of Civility".  I think we could use some of that civility around here.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Conveniently Tiny

Miss Itty Bitty fits perfectly in the sink.  
This works fabulously, though I can't say when it was that I figured it out. 
We both think it is brilliant baby seat!
There is a green word for this, it is called re-purposing.  We are VERY green around here.



There just might be more than one reason to use non-toxic, organic face washes and moisturizers.

A Lovely Mother's Day Read

This is a wonderful article by Gladys Schaefer, just perfect for Mother's Day.
I hope you will be blessed and inspired, too.  Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Keep on going

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop."  
                                            ~Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

I learn so many things while reading/teaching my children...even from Alice in Wonderland. LOL!
Today, my little tidbit is "keep on keep'in on". Thank you Mr. Carrol

Friday, May 06, 2011

7 months old

Little Muffin is  7 months old today.  

Overnight she has become opinionated and very vocal about her feelings.  For the past several days she has made it quite clear that she is not interested in any supplemental milk feeding.  Bye, bye Lact-aid and SNS.  At the same time she has also started to sleep through the night.  It seems that my dreams have come true and we are now solely breastfeeding.

 She takes absolutely no bottles. I am working on get her to take a sip cup, but honestly it is just a toy at the moment.  She would rather have little sips of from my big glass cup.  This reminds me so much of Keishon.
 She eats only a tiny amount of baby food, one soft egg yolk and one avocado cube each day.  Occasionally, she will also have a bite of banana or applesauce or chicken broth.

She is doing GREAT in every way and has mastered ALL of the seven month milestones.  So though she is tiny I am not worried, I know its genetic.  Tiny packages are so much fun!!!!

Movement Milestones

  • Rolls both ways (front to back, back to front)
  • Sits with, and then without, support of her hands
  • Supports her whole weight on her legs
  • Reaches with one hand
  • Transfers object from hand to hand
  • Uses raking grasp (not pincer)

Visual Milestones

  • Develops full color vision
  • Distance vision matures
  • Ability to track moving objects improves

Language Milestones

  • Responds to own name
  • Begins to respond to “no”
  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice
  • Responds to sound by making sounds
  • Uses voice to express joy and displeasure
  • Babbles chains of consonants

Cognitive Milestones

  • Finds partially hidden object
  • Explores with hands and mouth
  • Struggles to get objects that are out of reach

Social and Emotional Milestones

  • Enjoys social play
  • Interested in mirror images
  • Responds to other people’s expressions of emotion and appears joyful often