Saturday, September 27, 2008
It seems fall as arrived right on time. We picked up some indian corn from the store and began to remove the kernels in prep for a craft to come (pics of that will be posted...don't want to spoil the surprise!) Even Daddy got in on the process, but no pictures of that. Hope everyone's fall is off to a great start! I absolutely love this time of year!
This was probably our last romp in the creek for the year. The weather is finally starting to cool off and it is just a little too chilly to play in the water. Of course, we still will have free time to romp in the woods. The kids and I really do love it and seem to need it. For those of you haven't read it already, I highly recommend checking out the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. It shows the importance of children's need to have unstructed play time in nature and how our society needs to place a greater stress on time in nature (soo true!).
We attended a festival at the Whitewater Center a few weekends ago. The weather was gorgeous and there were a ton of people there. They had a nice section for the kids with an enormous slide, face painting and crafts. The boys really enjoyed watching all the rafters and kayakers. They were pretty bummed when they found out they weren't old enough to participate. Of course, now they use everything as paddles and pretend to kayak down rapids. Lucky enough for Blake, once he is 8, he can start taking classes there for kayaking. He is pretty excited about that.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
The summer flew by, as it always seems to. We just finished our first week of HOMESCHOOLING (yes, that does say homeschool). Blake is loving it, as am I and so far, things are going really well. One of our most sacred activities in our weekly rhythm is our days at the creek. His eyes lit up when he realized we still will be able to have "creek day" even though the school year has begun!
And for those of you interested enough to keep reading, we are using a Waldorf-inspired curriculum. In as few words as possible, this is an education style that teaches the child through their head, heart and hands. It is a very gentle and holistic method of teaching, meeting the child where they are developmentally as opposed to pushing them into academics too soon. We absolutely love it!