It's been another few weeks since I posted, so I have loads more pictures of our little everyday joys, explorations, and learning journeys to share here. In the meantime, winter and spring danced back and forth until spring decidedly took the lead. We welcomed her with open arms!
The grand thaw caused rivers and creeks to swell. Every time we had reason to go out and about (for groceries, library materials, etc), we found somewhere new to stop and play or marvel and poke about and take deep gulps of the moist spring air,
and this climbing structure at the park.
edible (but yucky) 'fizzing brain' experiment
(from a candy science kit that Camille bought on discount after Halloween)
plating pea seeds outdoors and many more starts indoors
Sylvia started back up with her ballet class.
We dressed up and joined some wonderful unschooling friends for a spring fling dance, and Camille got roses from her sweetheart. Awww. They spent half of the dance playing chess together :)
We went to a lovely potluck and family folk dance with our homechool co-op,
and then joined some of them the very next day for a great discussion, lunch, and book club about the book, Son, by Lois Lowry.
After five days in a row of fun, busy, out-and-about, we were happy to have some days to be home!
Ayla's idea of 'princess dress-up' includes this fierce bear-pirate-princess. I love that.
"I can do it all by my own!"
*photo by Sylvia"Mama, can I help turn the compost?"
muddy, sandy play
clipping and hauling weeds from around our lavender, roses, and currants
practicing for a spring band concert
gluten-free breaded tilapia tacos on homemade corn tortillas with avocado and quinoa salad
courtesy of Camille
What else? Master Chef Junior (on Hulu), Scooby Doo, Mystery Incorporated (on Netflix), Dung Beetle Derby (on National Geographic Kids), Duck Life 4 (on Coolmath Games), face painting and zumba pajama party with Girl Scouts, hand clapping games like Miss Mary Mack, Say, Say Oh Playmate, and Down by the Banks, sewing and crocheting in preparation for a 4th birthday, digging a duck pond, reading about ducks, Macbeth, Sojourner Truth, Lois Lowry biography, World War II, poetry, animals of the world, and engineering projects, also a bit of the stomach flu, and learning to handle disappointment graciously.
Oh, and dying our hens' eggs with thrifted silk ties.
It's a full, thriving, messy, sparkly, earthy, up-and-down, kind of unschooling life,