SCHOOL IN MARCH 2021

The beginning of March feels like a lifetime ago. – I wrote that sentence a week ago, and it is still March.

It was a good month, but the last week of it we took a somewhat break from formal schooling. Not a ‘spring break,’ more of a ‘Mum is tired’ week where they played, read their books, built things, had conversations with me, started re-watching Full House, and whatever they did while I read my own books, deep cleaned parts of the house that helped me clear my mind, worked on this blog, planned outings, etc. I feel refreshed and have no idea what April holds for us, but I do know we plan on having an actual spring break next month.

Below are some of the things we did do that I happened to take photos of.

Making a phone (numbers on an index card) to begin working on memorizing a new phone number.

Rae’s – Mum reading Anne of Green Gables aloud at the park / Mae’s tree from where she sat as Mum read aloud

Being a good girl, enjoying the beautiful day from the comfort of Mum’s view. I don’t trust her as far as I can throw her, but here she is proving my distrust wrong.

Working on writing German sentences (Mae ended up writing a paragraph!). No proper form was necessary and English mixed in was a-okay with me.

Rae’s King Richard. After learning about Richard and his brother John, and Robin Hood we watched Disney’s “Robin Hood with the foxes.”

My lap dog, working toward a nap while I read.

The first spring-like day, I sent the girls outside to be free. They decided to play pioneers for hours. That theme has continued on through the month.

Mae’s independent reading books have been Little House books, and during many of the too-cold, rainy days, they have been playing pioneers in the larger schoolroom. They set up a store inspired by the Oleson’s store in the television version of Little House on the Prairie. Nearly everything is a penny and no more than a nickel.

Zack bought some seeds while shopping with the girls. The following day, the girls began getting a plan together and browsed our seed catalog to look for some giant sunflowers to order. We narrowed it down to two kinds, but need Dad to decide which one to get.

Rae and the only flowers we started on the last day of March. None of the vegetables have sprouted yet.

With the pioneer shop being an ongoing pastime, we have moved all of our daily work upstairs. It has been incredibly cozy!

Rae has pretty well-mastered ponytail tying. She now ties her own and ties small portions of my hair while we watch documentaries during school or Little House. Mae is mastering braids, on herself and others (me).

On Saint Patrick’s Day, we ate the barmbrack bread (this recipe, minus the whiskey and ring, and raisins soaked in tea were our only fruit) we made the day before alongside some Irish breakfast tea. We read some Anne of Green Gables and enjoyed the sound of the rain.

Mae’s / Rae’s
Mae’s / Rae’s

During that week we read some Irish stories, learned about some famous places in Ireland, listened to some of our favorite Irish songs – over and over and over, painted shamrocks to put upstairs, read, and wrote a portion of Saint Patrick’s prayer (not written by him, just favored by him I guess).

Can you tell which one of the girls enjoys writing and which one enjoys drawing?

The girls began working on little stop motion films. Within a couple of hours (there were breaks in that time), they had a Barbie taking off a ponytail seamlessly and I am impressed!

The girls have been enjoying Anne of Green Gables (She talks SO MUCH!!!) and we are loving reading outside once more!

Mae learned to ride a full sized bike and she just barely fits it.

They have also played in the mud for hours, read books, worked through math and sentences as well as much more but this is where I will leave it. Happy April!

LATELY: MARCH 2021

March brought such lovely sunshine, rain, flowers, the smell of cut grass, clear night skies/more moon sightings, ducklings around the neighborhood, and mama robins (and its usual wind, wind, and more wind). It was lovely and seemed to last two months’ worth of time.

We, like most, held our breaths to see if there was going to be more snow and spent the month scoping out good sledding hills, which I supposed will be used next year.

The girls also, finally. became friends with the neighbor girl and have played with her nearly every day! I am so so happy about this!!!

I believe this was probably Maybe’s favorite month so far this year. Her diet is now solely table scraps, she has received a record number of pets and spent more time in my lap than ever before.

She also went a’wanderin’ around the fields behind our house and is now on a literal tight leash for the rest of her days…but now that the initial scolding has worn off, she seems oblivious to the more strict lifestyle she now lives.

Grandpa (Papa) has really been spoiling the girls with treats! They really adore that man.

George may have become even more beautiful this month. He adores Papa, too.

If Mae were an animal, she would be a cat. I know this summer he will hangout with us less. We have been extra grateful for his presence this month. However, I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is the summer he prefers home to neighboring fields.

George kneading his claws into her leg as she held her breath, giggled, and cried through laughter – while watching Little House.

We began watching an episode a night of Little House on the Prairie as a family. Most of the time one episode does not seem like enough.

We celebrated Saint Patrick’s day like we always do. This year, however, instead of studying all about Ireland from March first through the seventeenth, we only focused on it the week of…so four days worth (We talk a lot about Ireland throughout the year). This year did involve more baking/cooking Irish food though!

The girls still (mostly for the past year) play with Barbies for a couple hours a day. They’re storylines are elaborate – to say the very least. I have never known girls (any children, really) to play with as much detail, imagination, and consistency as they do. I was not this way as a child. Thinking back, I feel I had zero imagination. Becoming a mother has been a huge help to me when it comes to imagination…but I still don’t believe I am very good contribution in the area of Barbie dolls.

Rae got her braces adjusted this month. She is really taking the whole situation well and we are enjoying the incredibly quick appointments!

holding pinkies.

We finally re-visited the girls’ favorite playground! We brought lunch each time and walked around as well as play.

Zack and his mom both celebrated birthdays this month. Zack turned 33 and Shari turned 63! (My dad and I are also 33 and 63 right now!)

Wild onion bouquet from Rae. Our schoolroom has a faint smell of them and I rather like it.

We are enjoying seeing so many spring animals out and about and are patiently waiting for this robin to come back to her nest.

We have plans to visit more rivers, go camping, and spend as much time learning and being outside in April. March was a lovely preview of what waits for us in the coming weeks.