I’m sure this is no surprise to anyone who knows us, but our days are typically on the quiet side, save for loud laughter and the occasional thunder of rollerskate strides. Five years of formal, daily homeschooling and I am over the moon with how our life together is unfolding. I can’t imagine a better childhood for them.

A benefit from our homeschooling I can’t capture in an image?

Their love for one another.

It is incredible (At this age. It may be more of a struggle in the teen years. Struggle that will be no less beautiful and necessary.). Their constant encouragement for one another is stunning. I am so grateful they have this time to get to know each other and form knowledge of what it means to love a peer/sibling/possible future spouse unconditionally and develop a habit of lifting one another up at such a young age.

Alright – let’s get on to more formal lessons, yeah?

^ Photo by Mae ^

We were able to have school outside on occasion and chicken chores became a thing again!

The girls and I haven’t paid much mind to these new hens. Zack has pretty well been their sole caregiver. Switching roles wasn’t planned, I just really dislike the cold this year and have enough responsibilities as it is (not that he doesn’t, they are just “his girls”). I am hoping we have a warm spring and my interest in the ladies is rekindled. For now, the few and far between not-so-cold winter mornings will have to do.

The cold days really dragged on, though, and we spent more time than usual learning via computer and educational television…sometimes while wearing aprons or scarves…

We did read an awful lot as well which was also a great way to fill our days stuck inside.

Computer lessons consisted of –

ABC Mouse

Khan Academy math, art history, and Pixar in a Box – storytelling lessons

Typing through

Supplemental piano lessons using Hoffman Academy on YouTube

Worksheets! Rae really likes those. I really need to find some fresh books. With all of the time indoors lately, we’ve worked through all! of our multi-subject workbooks.

Mae has been asking to paint a portrait of me for two months now, and we finally found a good time to make that happen.

She was really generous with my eyelashes – so luscious! – and my shoulders…and what she calls my ‘skinny nose’ and ‘wild hair.’

Both girls spent most of their time reading (anytime, anywhere, and everywhere). Mae has a stack of books she’d like to read through soon (by that, I mean, RIGHT NOW!) and has even taken over our Bible and devotion time (the only thing she wasn’t reading before…reading me right out of a job…).

Rae tends to stick with her favorites and read them over and over and over. In true Rae fashion. She finds something she likes and loves it fully until the life is sucked right out of it (See: Star Wars, portrait drawing, and the beloved tiny figurine phase.) At the moment she is into Elephant & Piggie and the Pigeon books. She can read one of them in about two minutes, but she reads them appropriately. No exclamation points printed in vain on her watch. No sir.

^ Drawing Luke 7:11-17 ^ Love her little homes.

Playing with Mad Matter while I read aloud.

^ Mae’s are on the left, Rae’s on the right ^

The final two weeks will be spent, mostly, reading through The Magician’s Nephew and working on a project for it as we go (and will continue into March). Once we finish the book, I’ll put up a post all about our time reading through it. (It’s so fun already!!!)

During that time, they will also practice the piano and their weekly spelling words, and we will hold our normal Bible lessons each morning.

We took a small field trip to Pet Smart. Ha. Very small field trip. It was a kind of fun way to start off the new month.

This chameleon stole the day and nearly came home with us. We could use another class pet, right??

We are taking a larger (our largest!) field trip next weekend, which will be written about in its own post in March.


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