Sunday, July 13, 2014

Glimpses of Summer

Picture, if you will, me jumping high up into the air, pumping my fists, and exclaiming, "It's summer!!!!"

I remember back in April talking to other homeschool moms, and telling them that I planned on doing "some school" this summer. You know, a little math, a little phonics, that kind of thing. I mean, afterall, what would we do all day?

But then one day it clicked with me. It's summer. We have been doing school since last September almost daily. This past winter I was so discouraged from being cooped up in the house, and doing the same things every. single. day. I realized I needed to take a little break, spend a little more time just being with my kiddos, and refocus. So that's exactly what we are doing.

We have been swimming, splash parking, going on hikes, and just spending lazy days at home playing outside and watching movies.

Here is Lily making some fireworks in a jar last week.

I've been able to spend a little more time reading these last few weeks, and I just finished this book. It is so, so, so good. If you're looking for an encouraging and truthful book, I highly recommend it(although, don't buy it yet because I'll be giving it away hopefully this week on the blog!)

And of course I've been reading a little about homeschooling too. I am almost finished with the Charlotte Mason Companion. I have heard a lot about Charlotte Mason over the years, and I've read bits and pieces of this book before, and I've always sort of aligned our school after Charlotte's teaching, but this is the first time I've ever read this book in its entirety. I can't believe it's taken me this long either, because it is fantastic! 

I also ordered the Spell to Write and Read program, after hearing so many great things about it. But to be honest I've only read a few pages so far. Here's hoping I'll get motivated soon! :)

I've so been enjoying watching the little man learn to walk and talk. He's such a happy little guy, and he's growing up way too fast!

How's everyone else's summer going? Do any of you other homeschoolers take summer off, or do you do school year round?

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