I keep meaning to start posting more often, and then I forget for another month! 🙂
Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to.
Ten Ways We’ve Learned and Played Lately…
I. We volunteered at History Fest again. I’m not sure how many years we’ve been doing it. Maybe 18? A long time, and it’s just as magical every time.
II. Daryl took the kids out to the country to see the meteor shower. I love that they do that so often. They tried to see the lunar eclipse too, but visibility wasn’t good here that night.
III. Jack wrote an awesome song. It’s about his lack of love for his new job and I’m going to try to get a video and post it. It’s both hilarious and catchy. 🙂
IV. I got a grant to write and publish a children’s foraging alphabet book! Part of the grant is to pay local artists for the illustrations, including Toria, who has already made up some sample pages.
V. The boys have been helping friends with their math homework. This is ironic, as they’ve never done any kind of formal math curricula (Jack did Khan Academy online for years by his own choice, Alex does all real world math and Dr. Evilton math with Daryl). Alex told his friends that the reason he’s so much better in math is because he’s never been forced to do it so he does it for fun. To be fair, Toria hated math anyway, but I think Alex has a point.
VI. Alex and Fiona have been doing homeschool ice skating.
VII. Fiona and I have been doing a math array dice game. I made it for a hands-on math book I’ve been writing of different ways to play with math every day of the year, and we liked it so much I had to keep printing out more sheets. It’s so fun! There’s a bit of strategy involved and a lot of luck. Fiona quickly picked up some multiplication facts that she didn’t have memorized. She almost always wins! (If you want me to make a PDF and try to upload it, just holler.)
VIII. We put up a ton of foraged foods. Some of it included:
- 70 quarts of applesauce (from friends with 3 apple trees they don’t use)
- about 16 pints of pears in syrup (from a rural park)
- dried hawthorn berries for medicinal tinctures
- many quarts of roasted, leached acorns for flour
- 2 quarts of cold water processed acorn meal for baking
- 2 pints of roasted acorns for coffee
- 1 pint of goldenrod tincture
- many quarts of dried elderberries
- several quarts of dried wild mushroom powder
- several quarts of dried water mint (the most delicious mint!)
- a zillion pint freezer bags of pumpkin puree (Okay, not exactly foraged but a local family farm gives their extra pumpkins away the day after Halloween when their selling season is over)
I think there was more but that’s some! The dining room table was full of jars for weeks. 🙂
IX. Daryl and Fiona have been doing art on Mondays. They go to the Jackson Center for the Arts free classes for adults and kids. They mostly do drawing and watercolors. One is in the morning and one is in the afternoon (when they have it) so they have a daddy-daughter day and go take pictures and hang out at the park and such in between.
X. We’re having more and more programs at the arts center (the church we bought to turn into a free arts space). We’re doing regular song circles/music jams, game nights, homeschool art and music days, and more.
(Old photo, gotta get some newer ones!)
That’s a bit of the fun and mayhem here. What’s new in your corner of the world?