Perfect summer weather are few and far in between here.
Yesterday was one of those days. Sunny the whole day and temperature was about 25C at noontime.
I decided to bring my babyccinos to Lysterfield Lake. On the spot.
I had a number of materials to cover. But why waste such a beautiful day at home?
Play was the lesson of the day.
The water was warm.
The breeze was cool.
My kids had so much fun. Just being together.
I think its amazing.
They ventured into deep water.
I liked that.
I can hear their laughter until sunset.
We’re in our year end homeschool break. Right.
I keep on asking my kids if they’re bored.
They keep on telling me that they are having the time of their lives.
So I was the one who’s probably bored.
What’s the cure for that?
I like this.
This was a stolen shot taken by the Captain while I dozed off in the middle of our classes.
It happened almost everyday during my first trimester of pregnancy.
I was sleepy and nauseous the entire day. Story of my married life. Well at least about a quarter of it.
Lemons picked me up a bit. But there was nothing like a good nap to chase those blues away.
How did I homeschool?
Well I had to adjust our schedule around my erratic sleeping moments.
Isn’t homeschooling great?
We are still within our timeline.
We made it through.
Morning sickness is history.
My students have learned the art of keeping themselves preoccupied while I was sleeping.
It was a win-win after all.
I can’t stand Monday mornings.
It is the hardest part of my week. I don’t like hurrying up again to ready the Harkies (my kids who go to Harkaway Hills School) for school. I don’t like waking up on the dot. I don’t like starting week days.
Sounds like a rebel without a cause.
I wish everyday is a weekend.
Weekends are always exciting. Every weekend has a life of it’s own. Plus, the Captain is around. I think that’s the best part of it.
To start off the week without too much drag, I brought the Hills (my homeschooled kids) for babyccinos and pancakes at the Primary at Pioneer’s Park. I just needed to get over a great weekend hangover.
I found myself enthused again. I read to them the Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer. Then they continued playing at Pioneer’s Park to their hearts’ content while I happily gaze at my babies. So big now!
Before I knew it, Monday morning passed just like a blink. I made it.
One of the best secrets I’ve learned, albeit the hard way, when homeschooling is to pace yourself.
Rushing to finish the subject matter as soon as possible often left me burned out. Apart from raising 6 kids, managing a household, I have a homeschooling job under my CV. Plus, I have a baking obsession.
Tough act to balance.
So instead of spending the rest of the morning at home. I decided to bring Sasha, Pio and Anton with me to Lysterfield Lake.
Sasha is crazy about water.
Pio wanted to remake the Great Wall of China after reading history.
I just wanted to put my feet up.
No one’s around but us, some birds and a group of cheerful grandmas.
Nature is the subject of the day.
Tranquility is the moral lesson.
Most of the things which my children are capable of doing escape my understanding now.
Like how Sasha can paint without formal lessons.
How Pio can read my face and suddenly ask me “How can I help you Mommy?” when I’m really worn out.
Or how Luis learned how to play the piano on his own. Or how he can figure out whatever password we use to lock our gadgets.
How can Nina peel and cut carrots and potatoes out of nowhere.
Of course, Anton never fail to make us all laugh.
These are just few of the amazing things I see day in day out while staying at home and raising my own.
Anyway, back to Sasha the artist.
Let it be clear that I have no artistic bone in me. I simply provided her with materials and I asked her first to copy or draw what she sees around us, in nature.
I often brought them to parks, lakes, art galleries, mountain sides, cathedrals, wherever to expose them to beautiful places.
She takes it all in.
I always encourage her artistic side. She paints from the heart. I’m happy because she’s enjoying it. She can paint and draw for days.
I gave her Artistic Pursuits books and she teaches herself how to make wonders out of what is instructed there.
Now she paints whatever she fancies.
How about Taj Mahal?
It’s mind blowing.
She always leaves me mesmerized.
What do you do during school recess?
I clean the house.
The kids take out the garden weeds.
Sasha paints the Taj Mahal.
I eat a slither of cake.
Pio reads the 100 Things You Should Know About Plants.
It’s not even Christmas and yet we are starting the next school year. I like to start early. It gives me some bandwidth for whatever contingencies. Besides, there is nothing better to do after almost a month long break. If we extend the break longer, I’m afraid my babyccinos will start revolting once we revert to school mode.
We kicked off the school year with a barbecue dinner. They all received their recognition certificates for working hard the past school year. Every one was excited not the least was our Class Clown, Anton.
Our Class Leadership Award went to Sasha. I think she’ll be an excellent humanitarian lawyer someday. Future Inventor / Scientist Award went to Pio. He has been showing me awesome rocket and space ship designs. Luis got the World’s Best Engineer. He is my Steve Job’s in the making. Nina received the Junior MasterChef Award.
I can’t tell you how happy they were. So easy to please
Home school is cool.
Today was ordinary, just like most days. We started homeschooling and we were back to our usual busy schedule and routine.
I’ve seen a mile of improvement in Nina in terms of her reading and Math skills. Luis remained to be unsettled. Sasha was always ready to learn while Pio was still reluctant to keep his Lego away and start writing his journal.
We had lunch around 1 pm. I put the baby and Anton to sleep. Then I read a book to them. By 3 pm, I was already too exhausted to even function. Just like most days. Thank God for quiet time, I was able to rest for an hour to pray, nap and read.
We had burgers for (alfresco) dinner and a start of school party. Well, as you well know, we always have a party down here.
I was waiting looking forward to 9 pm when all the kids are asleep.
I was tired. I was longing for silence.
Then I started to think of the moments of my day which made me smile.
It revived my joy.
The days are really long. But at the end of it, I will spare a moment to remember and cherish the many, beautiful memories of the day.
Such are the unquantifiable rewards of parenting.
They keep me going….
You would think we were already on school holidays by the look of things.
We spent Tuesday afternoon at Lysterfield Lake taking in all that cool breeze and heavenly peace. I’ve never seen it that desolate. It was almost exclusively for us!
We had grilled burger and milkshake alfresco on Wednesday.
Then spent the day at Old Cheese Factory yesterday for the Kids’ Day Event.
It’s spring and this week’s weather has been unbelievably splendid.
I always get distracted with days like these. I forget about school altogether.
Oh Lord help me to keep my focus. We still have Grammar and Spelling to finish this year.
I think it will be really nice to go swimming. The kids will love that.