This semester, we’re focusing on reading, writing, and music as our top subjects.
By music, I mostly mean learn to play the piano decently and understand the ends and outs of the notes. I’m adding composer studies to the mix periodically. We began with Johann Sebastian Bach.
We listened to his music for a bit while they did the copy work and painted, but I’m not a fan. We listened to my favorite organist/composer, Hans Zimmer instead. I knew nothing about Bach before this and found his story very interesting. Honestly, I didn’t expect to…
Rae took selfies and made a triangle using a rubber band. Very impressive.
Mae and I went shopping just the two of us at the fancy grocery store while Rae was at preschool. We brought a snack with us and ate it by the fireplace in their cafe’. She provides such good conversation.
I also went shopping with just Rae. You can read about that here.
My girls are always with me, so it is unusual to have one at a time twice in one month.
The first two weeks were foggy. All day. I loved it. Mae did not. She missed the sun and stars too much.
We started up with Khan Academy again for Math and Grammar supplementing. She breezes through every lesson, though. We also use Khan Academy for art history and we watch videos by Pixar about their movie-making processes just for fun.
We were able to borrow our boy for a bit here and there. We need this kid in our life.
Rae is still into Peppa Pig. Really liking George’s nose and that extra tall grass on the right-hand side.
The cats seem to live indoors now.
Mae is getting better at wrapping her own ponytail.
We had several days worth of snow and ice. Followed by leftover salt covering the roads. I actually kind of liked that too.
We often have tea parties, but earlier in the month we had one with cupcakes Zack’s cousin, Beef, made for us.
The girls finally saw the Captain Underpants movie. We have one of the chapter books, and they saw a cardboard cut out for the film a while back at the theater. That was more than enough to build up enthusiasm for the bald man in underpants. They’ve never laughed so hard.
Our visit to the Lincoln Museum is back here.
We visited old friends and met new babies the following day.
…and made a stop to IKEA before leaving St. Louis.
Mae saw a yellow locker box she wanted at IKEA.
She counted her money the next day, weighed the desire for the many things she wants and decided she truly wanted the locker.
^ ^ ^ Zack and Rae! ^ ^ ^
So we took her to get the locker. She was so happy. She held that heavy box all the way to the car.
We stopped by our favorite – Chipotle – before going home. So good.
Buckey grew some more. (January makes him seven months old)
I know we see each other nearly every moment of each other’s lives, but Mae and I have been spending a lot of time just the two of us. Maybe Rae is just getting even more independent?
Zack took that photo of Mae and I after noticing her and I share the same hands, feet, legs, eyes, teeth, hair color, skin color, and well, just about everything apart from our noses – which at this point aren’t that different.
We had a fluke warm day right after several well-below-freezing days. So we cleaned the outhouse. Very exciting stuff.
We got a nature lesson out of it!!
The girls also played with / in mud that was brought on by the melting snow, and our ladies laid their first eggs. We collected nine on that first day. (I say the first day, but there were nine eggs and only six hens. Clearly, we neglected them a bit on those cold days.)
^ Coconut everything for this girl ^
We began January learning about Nordic countries (a study brought about by this book), including Germany which I didn’t draw on the board, as only a red and yellow line would show up. They painted it from an image in a book instead.
One of the girls drew cannons on the board by the flags. I just kept them there because I liked them. They weren’t part of our lessons.
We also began learning about maps. Mae has always had a love of maps. Zack and I even bought her her own atlas for the car around the time she was three. Her interest is only going stronger.
We had fun learning about new animals. We learn about so many animals each month, so this isn’t unique to January 2018, but the girls’ drawing skills and handwriting are getting so dag’um good!
Zack and I saw more of each other than we had in the past 5+ months. Good gracious, that face.
The girls and I started watching Homes by the Sea on Netflix while we eat lunch. As we watch they design their own houses (I even framed one). Mae says she’ll design a house every day of her life. We’ll see…
We finally got around to reading this book. Sixteen (very short) chapters in one day – around 80 pages. The girls sat attentively the entire book and had so many questions along the way.
We then watched the section on Eskimos in Human Planet by BBC (we own it, but it may be on Netflix). It covered nearly every tradition mentioned in this book, which is set in 1964. It is about the King Islanders (based on a real tribe) and follows a young girl in her last year on the island, living as a traditional Eskimo. The follow up of the true islanders is heartbreaking.
The girls “baked” our neighbors a mud pie. Our neighbors were delighted to find that kids still make mud pies and think of their elderly neighbors with the utmost fondness.
My girls believe “boys are taller than girls” is a fact – as in short men don’t exist. Rae says Kylo Ren needs a haircut and thinks Iron Man is Spiderman’s dad. Can this age last just a bit longer, please???
Rae drew Skye from Paw Patrol. One sad Skye and one happy Skye? Not sure why she’s sad. Is she in a box?
Mae let me sleep in and made breakfast for everyone a few times – oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and pancakes are her favorite foods to make.
These glasses. They were in last month post, but they still make me laugh every time she sneaks up on me.
We took the girls to see Paddington 2. It was completely adorable.
Mae kept up with her plan to e-mail Grandma at least once a week. As a result, my phone is full of her selfies.
The girls had a dentist appointment. Very exciting stuff for them at ages five and seven. Having perfect teeth helps in this, I’m sure. The dentist even smoothed out Mae’s front tooth that had been chipped back in December.
January ended with several warm days in a row which called for walks at the park, most of which involved time with Zack!
The girls and I finally made it up to see my grandparents. They moved up here from Alabama last November.
My Uncle Paul was visiting from D.C., so I was able to meet his wife, Hiroko, and their son. He’s awesome! It felt like my kids had known him their whole life. Of course, Hiroko is sweet and funny. Such a cool lady. Could’ve spent the entire week there.
On the last day of January, we decided to tidy up the house and continue our lessons on Nomads. We started the first volume of this series (there are four volumes in total). So good! Zack and I were geeking out over them before they even arrived in the mail. The girls are hanging on every word, so far.
Since we’re using these for our history curriculum (I say as a woman who claims not to use ‘curriculum’), we’re going to follow it straight through learning about 7000 B.C. all the way 476 A.D. in order – just in volume one! I’m assuming this first volume will take at least year, since we’re studying and not just reading it all rather quickly.
I felt as though January flew by, but seeing this incredibly long post and knowing what I neglected to mention, I guess we packed quite a bit into those 31 days! One more month until our boy turns 30!