Monday, September 22, 2014

Schoolish: So Far

So for the heck of it I thought I'd try to keep up with our "Schoolish" home education.  We're about to go into our first "break" or a catch up week.  So far it's been very low key and just what we need - just a little structure, but not a lot of stress.  We've accomplished a surprising amount in just a little structured reading on my days off and playtime after work.  Definitely proving that children do not need hours of "schools" to make large strides in our home.

I really feel strongly about Montessori-esque principles at this age.  Namely in setting up and providing materials and then "following the child" - letting their interests and their own pac lead the way.  There are days where we BOB books on end (past what I have out for the week) and we go days without look at them.  Watching him doing puzzles over and over and indulging his first interest in anything related to writing.  After the last year of hating anything having to do with writing or drawing, he's quite the enthusiast this week.

I also feel glad for previous knowledge from Charlotte Mason about quality reading materials - I could probably do a stand alone post about our books.

For now this is what's working - just some accessible materials, lots of books, asking lots of questions as we read and very little structured activities (have I mentioned I'm not actually a fan of doing five billion craft projects a week?  I like making art with or without my kid, but draw the line).

If you need a refresher about the materials we're providing at home take a look at the first School-ish post.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Left Handed

Just incase anyone didn't see this silliness on FB last night - too cute not to share around.  (You'll have to click on the picture to read the dialogue).

For those who don't get the reference:

Happy Friday Everyone!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crafting Season

Michaelmas is just a few weeks away.  It's become the kick off of a long celebratory season for me stretching from September through Epiphany.  I've got a few more projects to do before our feast day, but they're all exciting none the less.

I pulled out last years Michaelmas Knights and was immediately requested to make a Princess.  It has been lamented that these knights do not have any swords; another item goes on the to do list.  Last year the knights didn't get played with much, but this year H is showing a renewed interest in them as his imagination in stretching.  I love this age.

Idea and Pattern for Knight Rope Dolls from Here (Princess my own design).
Rope Dolls from Here.
Wooden Trees from Here.

Shared at Frontier Dreams Craft On.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cold Days, Good Books, Warm Knits

Whenever the seasons start to change I always have a deep desire to revisit Jane Eyre.  One day I'll have to write out all my thoughts about her and Mr. Rochester, and there is so much to love, but for now I've been enjoying my beautiful hardback copy of the story and the movies on repeat.

If I can be honest about the movies - if I could have cinematography and music from the Gainsborough, the script from the Masterpeice Theatre version and the actors from the most recent I'd be in heaven.  But I enjoy them all in the end.

The change in the weather always brings out the knitting supplies and I've been knitting furiously over the last few weeks.  Cowls and fingerless gloves are my go to, but I have plans for socks and maybe a sweater before the season is done.

When looking for new patterns I love finding pieces inspired by literature and I shouldn't have been surprised at the number of Jane Eyre inspired knits out there (some of these are directly inspired, and some just inspired me).  For your fibre-enthusiast pleasure, I've rounded up my favorite Eyre inspired creations.
{I am not the creator of any of these patterns, pictures or creations.  Please support independent designers and purchase their wonderful patterns!}

Plain Jhaynes

Bronte Mitts

Now who's with me for a quick run to the yarn store and a Netflix movie marathon?