As of today, we are done with Year 3 and Kindergarten! And this is my last year of teaching kindergarten. I dispersed the kindergarten books into our regular book collection and, admittedly, got sad. So begins our slow good-bye to school years that won’t be repeated. Woe is mama.
Anyway, today we’re finishing everything up with exams and then next week I hope to go on a hike. We’ll be continuing math through the summer as we didn’t finish RightStart Level D this year, but at only 20 minutes a day, it won’t be too bad. What are your summer plans?
On to the links!
We Were Created To Be In Nature “I see now how my spiritual life is connected to my nature life. The farther away my body gets from the earth, the bigger the distance between my heart and God’s. There’s correlation, and most definitely causation. As He draws me nearer, I want to spend more time in His creation.”
Is a Charlotte Mason Education Good for Black Children? This is so well-written and was very inspiring to read. Last week, I saw at least one person dismiss an entire Charlotte Mason curriculum because she felt it was too Euro-centric and I agree – they definitely can be. However, I am hesitant to toss it all out the window. I know that I can be flexible and make changes, substitutions, subtractions, and additions as I see fit. I am a thinking mom and I can see that, yes, CM curricula are often white-washed, but then I can also listen to others and do my own research and add to our readings. I can find rich, living books that offer a different view of people of color, whether it’s overcoming the enormous odds stacked against them and/or living lives of inspiration and motivation, and I plan to do just that.
Traveling Through the Pages Summer Reading Adventure I’m not much for offering prizes for reading, but I do love the idea of keeping track of what we’ve read and having specific goals in mind. Also, free printables! 🙂
From the blog…
Picture Study by E. C. Plumptre This week I re-typed an article from a Parent’s National Educational Union pamphlet on picture study because I feel this essay presents a short but thorough view of picture study as a whole. I wanted to share it in the hopes that it might aid you in your own picture study endeavors!
(2019) Junior Ranger Programs: Rocky Mountain Region I put together a list of all of the National Parks in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) that offer Junior Ranger programs. The parks are slowly starting to open back up this summer, so if you’re making a trip anywhere, I highly recommend checking to see if there are any open near you! (You can also collect badges online as well!)
(2015) Here I Am In the summer of 2015, I had an almost-five-year-old, an eighteen-month-old and my husband had been unemployed for a year after having been laid off. We lived in a tiny condo with no yard and I was really struggling with life in general. “I just really have to hold on to that hope of some day and know that today, this moment, right now, even though at times it all just feels so awful when all the thoughts start piling up on each other, that I truly, truly have so much to be thankful for. And I can just be in the here and now. Not where I should be. Not even where I want to be.”
(2014) How to Make Raw Milk Yogurt This is my tried-and-true method, in case you’ve been looking for a recipe. ☺️
Have a lovely weekend!