This is why I push myself on the days where I could be tempted to say Mom wants a sick day. This is why I homeschool. This is why we do what we do. To give my children the time and the opportunity to create the visions that live in their imagination. This is my favorite garment so far. This is a dress I would wear. Perhaps they need an adjustable dress form......
During my hours in the car I was thinking about why I feel depleted of energy right now. I know that winter is taking it toll on me. I felt very out of sync with the time change late this fall and now I am feeling very out of sync with the cold dreary days of winter. I am longing for days at the beach and soaking up some natural Vit. D. I also feel a shift in our homeschooling experience that I am not sure how to adjust to.
The girls have many projects going on right now.
Electronics: they are building a paper monsters model from materials other than paper. They have their plans and their materials and now they need to begin creating. As part of their electronics project, they are studying physics. This will give them a better understanding of how their project will move and how to plan to avert possible problems with design. This week they read the first chapter and will do the experiments before Monday’s meeting. They are also keeping a lab book on Evernote. This is a cool project which I have very little involvement in.
Grace’s internship is underway. So far she has designed and led a group lesson in which the class made a collage of the items recommended by the government for emergency preparation. She has completed a Keynote presentation on the recent blizzard which struck the northeast and is almost done on her second Keynote presentation about tornadoes. She has also begun working on updating the national maps that are used at the weather center with the forecast information for each region of the country. This came about because she initiated conversations with a college student she likes and asked her if she could work with her and learn from her. Viola! Now she is doing the mapwork which is a task her “mentor” does not like to do!
Lilah is working on planning an upcoming LCC meeting this weekend. This involved planning, testing, organizing and coordinating the delivery of cupcakes. Hopefully there will be some available for testing....I sure could use a cupcake to go with my coffee!
Lilah and her friend have been busy designing. I am working on an opportunity for them to go to NYC to visit a home furnishing company that uses fabric for many of its designs. More details about this will come soon.....
Writing with Notebook Girlz is going well and a new post went up this week.
Grace is participating in a childrens’ music festival that requires her to memorize two difficult pieces which will be played in front of a panel of assessors. She has been spending time every day working on this. To assist her, I am reading The Inner Game of Music, recommended to me by Mary @ Homegrown Learners. I am fascinated by the logic of this book and how it applies to all aspects of life, not just music.
A new project is beginning this week, participating on a youtube channel their friend created by creating, editing and uploading a weekly video about an assigned topic. This project is huge because it is a friend’s project, and it not only contains deadlines, but a huge learning curve to overcome.
I did not intend for this to be a weekly wrap up post but I am realizing that our day contains less and less traditional lessons. Other than sitting down together to work on history and math, the girls are working independently which leaves me to figure out my role in this new paradigm. On paper it looks like I should be able to have time to do the laundry, declutter the house and meal plan but I am not getting ahead in these things. I am driving to Danbury, taking trains to Brooklyn, facilitating writing group meetings, shuttling girls back and forth from our LCC drop off location, going to my friend’s house who holds the electronics meet ups, running back and forth to basketball practice, games and on the weekends I have yoga class and religious ed class.......
I think to bump myself out of this feeling of being in a rut, I need to focus a bit on my house so that as I am doing all this running around I can at least come home to a clean house and a prepared meal. I have asked my girls for help working with me in a home control journal which will hopefully organize us around our crazy schedule and help keep our house clean and welcoming.
While I work on this I will continue to search for signs of spring. I really could use to see a crocus popping up from the earth or a bud on a tree or even a robin in search of an earthworm. Spring cannot come soon enough.