We’ve been back from Indiana for a week now – it’s really flown!
Remember how I said that I was streamlining the girls’ wardrobes and only putting them in elastic shorts and t-shirts? Well, that lasted ONE day. Haha. Pretty much the second after I hit publish on that blog post, they were asking to wear their favorite dresses and skirts! So, I went to the garage and unpacked everything. Turns out these girls think of “summer dresses” when they think of summer! 🙂
We’ve been keeping busy with lots of walks: to the park, to the library, and all points in-between! Ellie (16 months) loves the swings – she can’t get enough of them. When Paprika was this age, all she wanted to do in the swings was GET OUT! Haha.
We’re in a pretty fun homeschool groove right now. We do all our lessons in the morning. Then around mid-day, Ellie takes a nap (only about an hour) – and we have quiet reading time. Then, after her nap – we go out to the park, go for walks, etc.
Violet (4) is quite the student. I never ask her to do anything academically. But, she is so motivated and has such a thirst for learning. She loves her reading program (Reading Eggs) – and she’s doing Third Grade Math (Teaching Textbooks) with Ginger (7).
Tonight, we were out on a walk and we passed by one of the Little Free Library boxes near us. Someone had donated a completely new Brain Quest First Grade workbook. Violet wanted to run home and start on it right away. She did the first ten pages on her own perfectly. I was like: where does she get this?! It’s fun watching her learn and see how excited she gets. She is reading lots of books constantly, learning to spell, and she’s always asking questions. Always.
Paprika (9) is having a great summer, too! We homeschool year-round, and she’s really found her pace with learning. She’s doing 7th Grade Math (Teaching Textbooks) – and LOTS of reading. Paprika is like a walking encyclopedia. Whenever I want to know something (history, science, etc….) I can ask Paprika and she knows it. She’s read everything.
At the big library earlier this week:
I’d say I’m much more “relaxed” than Mr. M is when it comes to homeschooling. My number one goal for the girls is for them to be kind, emotionally healthy, curious, and resourceful. I want them to know how to find the answers to questions themselves, and to look for new ways to solve problems.
Mr. M is more by-the book, and he wants the girls to do lots of structured activities, lessons, practice, and drill. He’s much more of the task-master than I am!
I think it’s a good balance because I love to let the girls run free and have lots of playtime. 🙂 There’s a place for both philosophies – I just tend to side more with free play and child/interest-led homeschooling. In the summer, I feel like the world is more relaxed, so my philosophy wins out more times than the rest of the year! Haha.
At the park a few days ago:
Ginger (7) and Violet (4) play together from sun up until bedtime. They learn SO much through play. I never stop them when they’re playing because they honestly learn more doing that than anything I could ever teach them. I love the stories they make up and the worlds they invent!
Speaking of stories, my little Kids’ Detective Chapter Book Series is doing GREAT! 🙂 As most of you know, I am also writing Romance Books under a pen name… I just released my newest romance book today (!!!) – and it’s been fun to see how the two series compare, since I now have THREE novels published in each series (six books total). 🙂
Well, everyone told me that nobody buys Kids’ Books on Amazon, especially eBooks. And yet, people seem to be buying my LOL Detective Club Series books! Many of the people who’ve read these books have told me how much their kids LOVED them – which has been super exciting to me.
I had to go check how my newest book – Cubnapping in Kenya – is ranking – and I was floored to see it sitting at #3 – above James Patterson’s new release! 🙂
Of course – it might have something to do with the fact that MY book is only .99 and his costs ten times as much. But, I’m not thinking too hard about that. LOL
My other LOL Detective Club titles are also finding their audience with readers. Yay!!! I peeked in at The Mardi Gras Mystery (Book 1) – and was happy to see it in Kids’ Mysteries at #8! Ranked higher than Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja.
My books feature homeschooled kids – and they’re very positive, uplifting stories with an educational message. They are exactly the kind of books I want my kids reading! So – it makes me happy to see that others are enjoying them, too! 🙂
I have more to share but it’s late now (almost 4am)! I have to get to bed – and start working on my next book! 🙂
In closing – here are a few pics from the big girls’ piano recital on Sunday (Father’s Day). It was the very first recital for Violet (4) – so that was pretty special. They were warming up with their teacher, Ryan, when I snapped this picture.
Here are the flowers we got them – one bouquet each – for a great performance!