Summer is here, and while we love summer (because what’s not to love? Oh yeah, high temps and no a.c. Well, other than that.) it sure is a marker of the passing of time. I officially have a 4th grader and a 1st grader. In a few years from now, I will think 4th grade is so little, but for me, right now, it feels so big. The passing of time is so weird. We have a newborn baby and immediately, we can’t believe how big they are getting. At 4 weeks old, we are already seeing that they are growing and changing. And don’t get me started on 1st birthdays. It is like 2 different kids in the period of a year. A tiny newborn who can’t lift her head to a little tot who can (possibly) run around and talk. And because I know nostalgia can be a distorted lens to view life through, I try to embrace and love the here and the now. But for a moment, I will reflect on this last school year.
First Tatum. She didn’t love school at first, but she ended up making some great buddies and made the best of it. I tried to include her in our nature and fine arts group sometimes, since that will be here circle of friends next year. Plus, one of her best buds is in the group. For the end of the year “Final Curtain”, she and her friends sang “Take me out to the ball game”. Have a look!
Piper. Wow! We’ve truly enjoyed each other! She is so gifted and I am so glad that I have been able to foster her talents. She struggles with spelling and I struggle to stop pointing out her weakness. But she has a memory like you wouldn’t believe. She loves history and has a true understanding of the timeline of historical events. In fact, at the moment she is reading the Children’s Encyclopedia of American History…for fun. For her final curtain she performed a monologue from the book “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village”. Check out her accent and her memorization skills! Unfortunately, a call came through right when I was about to hit record, so it is missing the first few seconds.
So long kindergarten. Farewell Mariners Elementary and Mrs. Boyd! We will forever cherish our memories there, but look forward to our adventures that await us this next school year.
I wanted to post this on Facebook, but thought it would be too long. So I am back to blogging after a very long time. There are so many things I want to share and have attached links if you are interested!
For Piper’s birthday last year I bought her a set of watercolors that is super portable and great for taking on our nature outings. The brushes hold water, so you don’t even need to bring a cup to clean your brush! She loved it and so did I! So, we ended up all getting one and taking them on our adventures down under last summer. It makes the best souvenir because #1, we are spending time observing and soaking in our surroundings, #2 it’s handmade, and #3, it is all bound together in a nice journal making it easy to keep for forever! We brought them to Vietnam, got our friends hooked and had so much fun touring around and painting! We were in the center of the bustling old town of Hanoi, would throw out the monkey mat and sit and paint. Fun for all ages! Truly! Tatum’s might look different than mine, but we are all able to take part and we have all improved our skills in the past year! Another of my favorite things, the monkey mat. It is thin like tent fabric but offers a nice barrier for when you are out in nature or in a big city. And it zips up nicely into a little pouch!
I just got this new book by John Muir Laws from my totally amazing hubby! I showed it to him on Amazon and then last night I came home to this! He’s a keeper for sure. The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling is a beautiful book that teaches you how to start a nature journal if you have never done it and techniques for those that want to improve. This year I have incorporated painting and journaling into many of our subjects. It truly has been one of my highlights! Here is Piper’s work on blackberries. We learned about the importance of bees, and how they transform from flower to berry. Oh, and Clover helped with this one which is why there is a big green patch that she decided to use to write her info. 🙂
This is what I came home to last night. Put a smile on my face and made today a fun day as we explored some new techniques. Also, Teaching From Rest! I have heard so much about it and am excited to read it!
Here are our pictures of the red bridge in the old town of Hanoi Vietnam.
Piper’s painting of the 12 Apostles in Australia, Tatum painted pumpkins at Tanaka Farm, and Kaikoura New Zealand for me.
Our first attempt at a bird after some tips from our new book. We also used embossing to show the veins in leaves and blended lots of colors to work on color matching with colored pencils.
Apologies for the poor quality pics, I am using my computer. I knew if I didn’t finish this right now, it might never get done! Oh and one last thing! We get our journals from the Bee Paper Company. I use a 6×6, but Tatum’s is a bit bigger until she is a bit older and has better fine motor skills.