The kids would like to think they’re finished studies for the year. In reality, we’ve switched gears. A couple of the girls continue their math program for a short period each day, either keeping the concepts alive in their mind or learning new concepts awhile longer. I encourage them to continue journaling, and music lessons and practice continue. But it’s the afternoon quiet time that has qualitatively changed the rhythm of our days.
We pursue some art project, whether on our dollar store canvasses with acrylics, sketching or pastels in the Impressionist colouring books. Presently we’re painting large clay pots for the gifts of tomato plants the kids were given at the local greenhouse. While they create their masterpieces, I read to them.
There’s a book on plant families: who knew Queen Anne’s lace and carrots were cousins. When one of the kids brings me a flower, we dissect, count the sepals, stamens or pistil. We determine if it’s a girl flower or boy flower.
There’s a book on City Birds. Because we have many fully grown trees, we’ve also got loads of birds. Though we can’t always see them all, we wake up listening to them sing their songs, cooing next to the bedroom window.
The kids especially like the book I purchased from Paris’ Louvre, about pieces from the Louvre. This book details Egyptian, Greek, and Renaissance history. There’s a little bit of every sort of art, and a little bit of every era of history.
The kids truly beg for more when I bring out the Bard of Avon storybook I snagged at a closing school. A little history of Shakespeare introduces them to some of the most clever plotlines in modern literature. Storybooks of Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Nights’ Dream are as engaging to me as they are to them.
When mid-September rolls around, I am always ready to start a season of formal studies, but it’s this season that most enthralls me…the “find a reason to make something educational, when it’s just downright fun” season of summer. Seize the season!