School begins in earnest this month, and I guess I am ready as I’ll ever be. Here’s what we are up to this month.
Vincent: 10 1/2 years old, 5th grader Vincent will begin grade 5 with Ancient India. I’m using Charles Kovacs’ Ancient Mythologies as my spine. We will do 2 weeks of myths and then 1 week of math coupled with an exploration of Indian cooking. (There may also be some “field trips” to town for the Indian buffet that we all love!) The last week in September, we will start Ancient Persia. You can find a longer explanation of this altered block style here. We are going to begin with the geography of India, move through some cultural and spiritual ideas that will help in the understanding of the stories, and read through the stories in the Kovacs book. I am planning for Vincent to do several types of writing including dictation, copy work and summaries. We will also do a painting and some drawing.
Jude: 7 years old, 1st grader Jude will begin grade 1 with hearing the first part of a quest story that will eventually introduce all the letters. This block will be heavy on drawing with block crayons and working with the forms of the letters through lots of movement. Jude is a lefty and has some idiosyncratic ways about forming his letters and numbers. I am hoping the drawing practice, whole body movement and also our weekly form drawing lessons will help with his fluidity. I have a couple of Grimm’s fairy tales in the mix and also Michaelmas preparations. I have a plan to dye capes and maybe whittle some swords. We will definitely hear stories of St. Michael and also make dragon bread.
Sheila: 42 years old Fall seems to be the time of year when we do the most formal schooling. The year is fresh, and we are excited to get back in the swing of things. I take advantage of this earnestness, because I know April and May can feel like pushing a boulder up a mountain most days. Our daily rhythm seems pretty solid. The couple weeks of school we did in August were combined form drawing lessons for both boys, and I worked some kinks out then. I’m sure there will be more to fine tune as individual main lessons begin. Our weekly rhythm will also begin to kick in as cub scouts and penny whistle lessons start this month.
Links and other things I have loved this past month:
- This interview with oceanographer, Sylvia Earle was excellent.
- Beauty by John O’Donohue.
- The boys and I went to see storyteller, Bil Lepp, and have been enjoying his cds.
- Loving my new iPhone. I cannot get over the sharpness of the photos.
- Anybody else doing cross stitch? Here is a great tutorial.
- Listening to an old radio show by Melisa Nielsen entitled, First Weeks of School. It is free here.
Recipe of the month: Leftover Oatmeal Muffins (original from Soule Mama can be found here, my adaptation below) I think I have made these muffins every week this month. My favorite is plain, nothing extra added in.
1 cup cooked oatmeal
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup buttermilk or yogurt
1/2 cup coconut milk
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips or similar, optional
Mix ingredients together. Sprinkle cinnamon on top before baking. Bake at 400 for 18 minutes. Makes 10 muffins.