Happy Friday! We had a big week, with Ellie’s First Birthday and all the excitement of her big day.
We had our Monthly Homeschool Book Group this week, too. This month we discussed The Little Prince. The kids had a guided discussion, then did crafts and drew pictures inspired by the book.
It was a gorgeous day, so after book club was done, the kids played outside for the rest of the day together. It was magical!
Ellie made friends with my friend Samantha’s three dogs. She kept calling all the dogs: Daisy – because apparently, she thinks “Daisy” means dog! She would say: Daisy! Here Daisy!
We’ll have to work out that vocab quirk another time. If she wants to call all dogs “Daisy” – that’s fine by me. 🙂
I keep forgetting to mention all the fun stuff Mr. M takes the big girls to do on the weekends when he’s off work. They usually go swimming one afternoon at a local indoor pool. Last week after they swam, he also took them to the Little Aquarium down at the Pier.
I usually take Ellie and go run errands during that time – things that are hard to do during the week with all four girls! For example, last Saturday, I went to the Library and returned all our books and picked up the ones I had on order (including The Little Prince – we read that one right under the wire…ha!)
I always ask Mr. M to take pictures at the pool, etc., but usually he forgets. Occasionally, he’ll remember to text me a picture like this one – and I’m grateful!
Speaking of libraries, we had another Little Free Library go up in our neighborhood. It’s a little spot where you can borrow books for free. We love the Little Libraries – the girls get such joy out of stopping by and checking out a book. We also love to donate our old books to the Little Libraries, and the girls get so excited wondering who is reading the book they donated.
I had to snap a picture next to the brand new Little Free Library. It’s the small things that make life so sweet, right?
Violet (newly 4) loves to draw and paint, which I have mentioned many times before. She’s also started to write and read all on her own.
She made this little drawing for her friend, Emma. It says: I love you, Emma.
Ah, it breaks my heart!
Violet and Ginger (6) at gymnastics this week. The gym was packed on Monday because of Team Pictures. When I found out how much competition leotards cost, I was so grateful that we’re not on the Team! Hahaha. But seriously, I love how much Ginger and Violet love gymnastics. They live for it and love their coaches. I am also grateful they get to be in the same class because they’re attached at the hip.
I switched up a bunch of homeschool curricula for Paprika (9). We started doing Khan Academy for Math – it’s totally free, online, and Paprika loves it. We’re taking a break from Teaching Textbooks Grade 7, but we’ll circle back to it probably in a month or two.
Paprika’s still doing Time For Learning (online curricula), and she’s loving Homeschool Spanish Academy (also online). I also got her some fun workbooks to try out this week. I’m feeling the January rut a little, so we’re mixing things up and it’s made her much more enthusiastic about everything.
Ginger (6) is still doing Teaching Textbooks Grade 3, and most other things I’m having her do Second Grade (workbooks) – just because they’re easy for her, and she does them without a struggle.
Paprika reading books on her iPad, her favorite thing to do:
I still can’t get over Paprika’s hair being so short. It’s like she changed overnight from a teeny baby to a pre-teen (at least in my eyes)! This picture was taken this morning right before her Spanish Skype session with Homeschool Spanish Academy in Guatemala. She’s looking so grown up these days.
Don’t worry, she still believes in Mermaids, Fairies, and magical butterflies. And, I suspect she always will!
Hope you have an excellent weekend!
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