A Week of Homeschool

I'm taking a little breather from the final sorting of the girl's stuff to share with you this week in homeschooling.  

March has been a lovely month for the kids and I as we've settled into a steady late winter routine. In reality though we're experiencing an early spring but I haven't been out too much (the kids have) to take advantage of it. I just can't wrap my head around spring in March. I still have too many projects that I had planned to do indoors this month and once those wrap up I will embrace this next season. At which time we'll probably have a snowstorm!

Some of our learning has been outdoors: hikes and play dates at parks with homeschooling friends, a visit to the farm and backyard science.

Other activities have been indoors: a symphony orchestra concert, setting up marble works (like every other homeschooled kid this week who watched this amazing video), drawing lessons, making crystals using the kit Laurent got for his birthday and Celine sewing. Always Celine sewing. 

It was a good week. Most days I really enjoy being home with my kiddos (honestly).  But this week I especially felt that way. Enjoying these last days of winter (that are suspiciously warm) before the intense activities of yard clean up, gardening, bike riding, trampoline jumping and everything else that spring holds in store. 

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  • Francesca

    Francesca on March 13, 2010, 8:22 p.m.

    You wrote something so true, and I find that I'm also enjoying these unexpected (for our climate) days of lingering winter weather before the buzz of the warm season.


  • nicola@which name?

    nicola@which name? on March 14, 2010, 7:35 p.m.

    love the images! laurent's hair is so long now! i am LOVING spring. we often see it in march here. sunshine day. am waiting for my littlest person to nap (doesn't seem to be happening) so i can go out front and garden! nicola Which Name?


  • Kika

    Kika on March 14, 2010, 9:38 p.m.

    Does Celine use patterns for sewing or just create her own thing? My daughter likes to make doll clothes without patterns and I've just encouraged her creativity. Sometimes I wonder if I should get more involved and offer pointers (not that I'm a great seamstress) but I guess I'm here if she wants my input.


    • renee

      renee on March 14, 2010, 10:30 p.m.

      Kika, Celine mostly sews her own things but will also search and find patterns on the internet for projects of interest to her.  She especially loves sewing stuffed animals so her latest project was an Italian Greyhound using this free pattern which Damien helped her downscale to a better size. 

      I don't offer help and unless she asks.  But I do take her to the fabric shop to buy supplies and offer support wherever I can.  Damien and I also try to steer her towards projects that will help her grow in skill and that are in line with our family's values (not producing mass amounts of cheap products for example). I will also spend time with her talking about what projects she wants to do and asking what I can do to help her. Usually I don't have to help anymore with the actual sewing, though sometimes she'll need my help with a particularly tight stitch or something on the machine. But mostly she works independently.  Plus, her skills have surpassed mine in certain areas (what a wonderful feeling) so I am of little help in that regard.

      I feel my greatest help to her is to structure our days in such a way that gives her the time to pursue the things that interest her most. As is my goal with our other children also. 


  • Leticia

    Leticia on March 16, 2010, 2:22 a.m.

    Okay... I didn't comment on this yesterday because.... I don't know! But I really enjoy when you share what your son does, I like my son to see what other homeschoolers boys do. He likes to do backyard science too. The first picture is very funny!


  • Rachel Wolf

    Rachel Wolf on March 16, 2010, 4:13 p.m.

    What an inspiring post! I look forward to everyday with my kids at home, but am especially excited for homeschooling adventures as my kids get older.

    And how did I miss that video???! Amazing.


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