The weather here this week was beautiful. I was able to open up some windows allowing the fragrance and sounds of spring to enter. I even got to dry our sheets outdoors. I love the smell of spring. The girls do too, and are beginning to get a bit restless.
I tried lightening up our lessons so they could enjoy some time outdoors. I feel this is just as important as everything else. If there is one thing I did take with me from our Waldorf education days, it was the importance of rhythm. Just like our body survives on the inhaling and exhaling of our breath, our brain needs time to exhale as well. However, we only have two weeks left until our spring break. So, I am also trying to get any loose ends we may have, wrapped up.
I have learned over the years though, that when the girls are distracted I might as well throw in the towel. There is no sense in swimming up stream if you don’t need to.
This week we started reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. We listened to Cinderella By Charles Perrault at Storynory, and watched Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes_ Cinderella.mp4 – YouTube.
We also started Poisoned Apples, Poems For You My Pretty by Christine Heppermann. The photography in this book is beautiful. I think, I will have the girls copy a few of these poems during the next two weeks. There is so much in these poems to discuss. The first poem is about anorexia.
In a good way, the girls don’t really connect to most of these poems. They don’t have a bad self image, because no one has ever made them feel bad about themselves. This is one, of many, positive side effects of us homeschooling. They’ve been given the freedom to discover themselves without ridicule. They are old enough to understand that making fun of someone is a form of bullying, and if there is one thing the girls hate, it’s bullies.
*Warning small tangent ahead.*
I find it odd, that we’ve become a society that thinks bullying is just a normal part of life that children need to face. I mean, if they don’t get bullied in school, how will they ever learn to stand up for themselves?
The girls have never been bullied, and I can tell you that both girls know how to stand up for themselves just fine, in fact probably better. When watching The Christmas Story, they always comment on how mean everyone is to each other. “So, this is suppose to be normal? Explain exactly how this is suppose to be normal?” Honestly, I can’t.
I am so proud of them, they are so much more mature than I ever was at their age. Keep questioning the status quo my loves.
*End of tangent*
We continued reading Basher Punctuation.
The girls copied the poem In Search of Cinderella by Shel Silverstein.
The girls warmed up at XtraMath, and continued with their workbooks. Little Sis is multiplying two digits by digits now.
We read this month’s issue of Science in the News (A to Z), and looked at pictures of this week’s solar eclipse.
Of course, we watched the last episode of Downton Abbey.
We also started reading The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette.
modiste, poupee, cheveux, menagerie, friseur, remise, La pauvre, delegation, majestic, and proxy
This has been a good contrast to our fairy-tails.
As well as containing subject boards at Pinterest, I also have a What about Earth board that I add pictures related to the countries we are learning about. This helps the girls understand the countries better. Like, what they eat, or wear, monuments, or anything that helps bring that country alive.
I also have a Herstory, and a Vintage Fashion board. This helps the girls learn history from a different perspective, and we had lots of discussions about fashion this week. In fact, I have a feeling this will be one of Little Sis’s history electives for high school.
We yoga walked.
We watched different variations of Cinderella by watching the movies Cinderfella, and Disney’s live action Cinderella. (Which was very well done.) We also watched Happily Ever After – Cinderella YouTube – that was an animated Mexican version of the story.
Theater Appreciation (Small Screen) : We watched Faerie Tale Theatre 19 Cinderella -YouTube.
We tried drawing an anime version of Cinderella, How to Draw ANIME CINDERELLA from Disney’s Cinderella – @dramaticparrot – YouTube.
This is Sky’s favorite style to draw. Anime is actually hard to draw.
Well, I think the girls have officially been Cindered out. 🙂
Peace for the journey.