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This week in our child-led homeschool…
Thank you all so much for all your beautiful comments, messages and emails sending us so much love after the loss of our dog, Hunter. I was touched more than you’ll know.
We are all working through our grief in our own ways.
Sarah (3.5 yrs) has been drawing a lot of pictures to help her process her grief. This is a picture of her and Jack, ‘because Hunter isn’t here anymore.’ She’s also been playing a lot of pretend games where she takes her toy animals to the vet because, ‘it’s time to say goodbye.’
There has also been a lot to be happy about this week. Here’s a couple of pictures from last week and some from this week.
I don’t even know how to describe the intensely creative personality that is Jack (5.5 yrs). Here he wanted me to take a series of photos of him in very serious superhero poses. There was no laughing here (well maybe a little from me on the inside). Just very serious superhero business.
He created the costume himself; carefully selecting each piece. It’s superb.
I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did taking them.
I got these magnetic easels recently and they have inspired so much play!! Jack and Sarah both love them. I have left the easels out on the playroom table with some magnetic foam shapes for the week and the kids have returned to them everyday; several times a day.
Lots of play around racetracks this week. I am still trying to see where Jack wants to go with this but it is definitely a new area of interest worth exploring in more depth.
My in-laws came to stay for a few days this week which was lovely. We don’t get to see them nearly enough. Nanny very graciously offered to paint the kids’ toenails. And didn’t Jack and Sarah think that was the best thing ever!!
My little urban homesteading adventures continue. I’ve been trying to throw out as little of our food as possible. This week I made some deliciously smooth lemon butter (seriously good and seriously dangerous…it calls to me in the fridge) and then used the lemon peels to make some natural all-purpose cleaner; leaving no waste. Win 🙂
Hot days mean lots of time spent outside in the art area (followed of course by a clean-up in the paddle pool). I definitely feel like we are slowing down for the year. December will be filled with activities from our advent calendar and I think the rest of November will be filled with slow days outside.
Here’s a sweet video of Sarah singing while she paints 🙂
A little marble painting with tempera and wallpaper paste paint. Jack and Sarah LOVE to squeeze. Here’s a short Instagram video of them playing.
A little fairy playing with her dollhouse.
Some Spielgaben remnants of play. This one is a house with a garden.
And a boat in the ocean.
This week I put out the coloured Sharpies. Permanent markers are such wonderful materials to work with. They are so responsive and make such satisfying marks. BUT Jack and Sarah need to use them under constant supervision. These pens do NOT come off!
Next time you’re at the hardware store, pick up some non-toxic wallpaper paste powder. Just a single teaspoon in a squeezy bottle of coloured water makes glorious goo. It’s just gooey enough for the coloured water not to mix straight away and so makes beautiful colourful mess to play in.
A few weeks ago I signed up for an International Gift Exchange on Childhood 101. We were excited to get our giftee; a little boy in Canada. This week we bought him a small gift and Jack wrote a letter introducing himself. We also looked up Canada in our atlas and learnt a little more from our Maps book.
We even looked up his address on Google Earth and had a look around the neighbourhood which the kids thought was REALLY cool.
Our giftee likes dinosaurs so Jack drew a couple dinosaurs at the bottom of his letter.
Sarah drew a picture to send off too.
And my favourite photo from this week. Two very happy fairies casting spells.
How was your week? If you got up to something fun this week, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I have something a little lovely to share with you next week (although if you follow me on Instagram, you’d already know 😉 )
Snippets of our days; our everyday story