Rae turned EIGHT!!! I have not written her letter yet, as we have been out of town every weekend during the month (including her birthday morning), and I just can’t find a quiet time to clear my head. Hopefully I don’t put it off too long. She certainly deserves a quality acknowledgment of just how much her existence means to us.
Rae has been talking about the movie, Soul, for a year now, and it comes out Christmas day! I have really enjoyed her drawings over the past few months.
Normally they don’t wear masks at the park, but – for once, there were other folks there – many many other folks there. She just looked so big to me at this moment…
As I mentioned, we spent much time at our old house, including Zack’s six day holiday break at the end of November. That week was the most quality time we’ve had with Zack in probably two years. It was much needed so we could both make big headway on the house and spend time, just the four of us, without anything else to do. It was lovely.
We spent the month learning our second verse of the year, Colossians 3:12.
Part of our history involved the aboriginals of Australia and New Zealand, so we elaborated the lessons with art, documentaries, comparing their colonization to ours, and listening to the Australia movie soundtrack as well as aboriginal music.
The girls both spent time working on paper mache projects – Rae a giraffe that holds treats or other items she wants and Mae made a black bear mask.
While, the girls get lessons very unlike the lessons I had in public school – in regards to the Thanksgiving holiday, and we don’t really see it as something to celebrate…and we are deliberate about practicing thankfulness all year – they did decide to make a thankful pie (They don’t even like pumpkin pie, ha). They started out writing in cursive, but slowly began writing in print.
Mae kept up her hot glue gun practice and made herself a layers of the earth disc.
More pumpkin pie, made out of Play dough.
Amelia also made a layers our the Earth model – out of Play dough. I didn’t get a photo of the inside.
Penelope found the sketchbook I keep in my purse and has been filling it up with gems,
Enthralled with the day’s lessons.
“Morning time” in the sunroom, involves a lot of reading and “keeping busy” (or relaxing) when I am doing the reading.
We finished up our government lessons (for now) by watching and charting the election, and watching speeches one the winning votes came in.
They spent an hour at the library and followed it up with some more reading at the store. They still have 30 minutes to an hour of daily reading time set aside, usually once afternoon school is done, or just before bed. They still both enjoy comic novels and chapter books for their independent reading, while I read them short stories and at least one group novel. November’s book was Narnia’s The Silver Chair. (Narnia foreverrrrrr!)
Mae is still finishing up her portrait. I, and they, still prefer watercolor and gauche paint. We’re working to get less annoyed with acrylic – which is Zack’s go-to.
She did, however, enjoy, making a Christmas tree craft out of scrap wood from one of Daddy’s projects, hot glue, tiny pinecones (gifted from our beloved Mrs. Brenda), and acrylic paint.
There was, of course, much much more, but we have moved onto our very full December, so I’ll leave it here. I hope everyone was able to enjoy a long weekend (or some version of it).