Hello friends. I had every hope of being able to post a new picture study aid for you this week (specifically for the Michelangelo selections from AO) and finding information for this one hasn’t been an issue at all (in fact…I’m actually kind of running into the opposite problem). But…well….life, you know? It gets in the way of plans. Most of my time lately has been immersed in helping behind the scenes with this as well as school and survival and all that. So as I haven’t been saying much lately, here are a few bullet point updates (my faithful readers know my love of bullet points):
- Michelangelo Picture Study. It’s coming! I put out impromptu polls on my Facebook page and Instagram asking if anyone was looking for it yet (I’ve had a few searches pop up on my site, so I know someone is looking for it) as well as inquiring when people were starting Term 3. Most of the few who responded said they hadn’t started it yet, but were soon. Currently, I’m exploring the Sistine Chapel (I wish I meant that literally) which is a bit of a beast in terms of being succinct but also thorough (those are probably not compatible adjectives but a girl can dream). I’m hoping that once I’m done helping with the retreat next weekend, I’ll fly through the rest and have it up for you in the next few weeks. Of course, all of the other picture study aids are still available as well!
- Other Picture Studies. I’m also still holding on to hope that I can get corresponding non-western/people of color/female picture study aids to go along with this year’s AO selections up at some point also, but those are definitely on the backburner for now. I have lots of hopes, it seems, and another one is that I’ll get all of the year’s picture study aids done during the summer before the school year rather than at the last minute before the new term. Like I said, a girl can dream.
- Kindergarten Curriculum. I will be releasing a new version of the kindergarten curriculum for the upcoming school year soon as well – hopefully within the next month (and in time to potentially be in an upcoming homeschooling bundle sale!). I am making quite a few changes with this new version, including getting rid of one of the handicraft books, replacing The Seven Little Sisters, as well as updating the artist/composer/hymn/folk songs to reflect what’s on AO. After the changes I hope to make are made and because of the time it’s taking me as well as a few other issues that have popped up since I started selling it last year, I’m going to be raising the price on the next version. It will still be very affordable, especially in comparison to other curricula that either aren’t Charlotte Mason-based or only cover one subject. I’m sending out this warning, though, in case anyone was thinking about buying it and would rather get the older version at the lower price. You can still use the current version for future kindergarten years, but you’ll have to play around with the handicraft dates, it will not have the current AO riches schedule, and I (obviously) think the new one will be better! 🙂
- Prints. I think I posted in a few different places that my goal was to make one print per week and I was going strong there for a while. And then…well….life, you know? Hopefully I can get back to making them again soon as I’m missing that creative outlet.
Today marks the official halfway point through B’s Year 1 and I think it’s gone really well so far. We’ve definitely had challenges this school year that both of us have had to work through, but I’m embracing them as outliers because the times when we connect and are learning together are pretty awesome.
C turns four next Tuesday. This is all I have to say about that:
We also finally got the background info on the cats and it turns out they’re actually from New Mexico. Jenny was found in an oil field with her tiny kitten brothers and sisters (E has started calling her “Slick”), and Gracie was “abandoned,” which I think means she was a stray. Gracie is also famous…. she was used in the advertising campaign for a local vet (who also happens to be the one we used at our old house). They’re still warming up to us, but the kids absolutely love them.
I hope everyone is staying warm!