While we were away on vacation, Andrew had his first birthday! We enjoyed a little donut picnic, and of course, he spent the whole week having a blast at the shore...
There are worse ways to celebrate your first birthday, no?
Lots of good reading over the last couple weeks...
Apropos to the Keeping we do as Charlotte Mason-style educators: In a Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks are as Relevant as Ever.
And I posted this one over on Facebook already, but I thought I'd mention it here too: A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements to Lure English Majors.
Earlier this month, I shared Our Bleak Exile of Nature. I saw it pop up again last week on a friend's page, and it reminded me of an interesting article from last year: Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods.
Isn't it true that this home-educating life is Not Just for the Children?
I'm also spending some time reflecting on my relationships with my children and the atmosphere of our home during this school planning time, like an extended tune-up and troubleshooting session. I have been reading through the beginning of Volume 6 again, and Charlotte Mason's wise words on authority, docility, initiative, habits, and personhood have me motivated to revisit how closely our practices are reflecting our principles.
And in the same vein, I've got Nurture by Nature and Gifts Differing out from the library right now. Misty and Brandy were chatting about these books a few months ago, and I put them on my summer to-do list. I've been considering my kids' individuality (including their distinct personality quirks as well as their strengths and weaknesses), and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all works together as I plan out our coming school year.
And at the same time, we're doing a little switcheroo of bedrooms to free up some of our office space for schoolish use. A trip to Ikea and a couple Amazon orders later, and I'm just waiting on someone to do the heavy lifting! I just love a fresh space.
(Oh, and bookshelves. I'm still in need of more bookshelves! But I'm trying to find some that will fit in the tricky spot I have carved out for them, so that may have to wait.)
And that reminds me: I don't think I have ever shared how I organize our school spaces here on the blog! Maybe when our little reorganization is finished, I'll give a quick e-tour.
I'll be back tomorrow with the invitation for June's Keeping Company. See you then!