Monday, February 6, 2012

The bread song

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Had to get some pictures up, my sister-in-law was asking about them...and it's her special week. She's getting married in Jamaica on Saturday. Happy Wedding, Biz and Dan! We so wish we could be with you on your special day. We and the rest of the family who can't make it, will be gathered in Mansfield hoping you find a hot spot there so we can watch like flies on the wall with Skype.

We had a wonderful time in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thanks to some extra frequent flier miles from my Dad, Phoebe and I flew down for a four day visit. Ben stayed home with the older two. They had lots of fun playing in the snow, while we soaked up lots of love from my family.  We've got some wonderful five generation pictures forth coming.

I wanted to share a really cool gift idea that my mom thought of. You may have seen those recordable books at Hallmark and other places. Well, my mom thought of having each grandparent from five generations read/record a page to my kids. It's really neat. Here's a picture of all of us that read a page from it (ok, not Phoebe), that I will put in the book. The best part was that several of us (I won't say who) got the giggles while recording our parts which made the whole process a lot of fun. My kids loved the gift and feel like I brought back a little piece of Tennessee with me so that they didn't miss quite so much.

As I looked through all the pictures on my camera, I loved the funny pictures of Phoebe with crazy eyes the best. I'm not sure if it's the camera she's making the eyes at, but I highly suspect that this is the face she makes when her brother and sister come over to kiss her when I'm not looking. Here she's wearing an outfit that was mine when I was a baby. The fabric is paper thin now.

Ooh, I got my hair cut short, I'll have to have Ben take a picture of it today.

We're still doing Kindergarten but it looks nothing like proper school or what I did before I had Phoebe. Ezra is full of fun ideas and everyday we try to do one of his ideas, or maybe one of Mommy's, whether it's make a pirate ship, make lemonade from lemons or a create a musical instrument, we're hands on doing stuff every day. We look for opportunities within the crafts or activities to incorporate the three "R's". Juni does whatever her brother does academically and is definitely ahead of the game. Charlotte Mason, my all time favorite educational theorist purports that we should not do formal school prior to age six, but focus on being outdoors, and instilling good habits for later. So, even though we may be doing a less formal school approach now because I'm still getting my feet under me after baby #3, it's ok, because Charlotte said so! :-)

For the record, when we went to Mansfield this past weekend, Juni voluntarily hugged her Uncle Andy to whom she usually only gives the "stink eye". Yay for progress and we're happy for Uncle Andy who has waited patiently for this little girl to warm up to him.

The plan for today is to bake bread (Ezra's request), and do some painting later today. I'm hoping I get to paint too since Daddy's off work today and can help with the baby. As I'm sitting here typing, Ez wrote a song about baking bread and wants me to share it with you. It goes a little something like this:

"Hot fire, hot bread, I like bread everywhere, it has water, flour and eggs, and everything I like. I want it medium, I like bread everywhere! Da Dum!"

On that note, have a wonderful day!


Rachel said...

I think you're so on the right track with school. Play IS their work right now. It's not shirking learning; it IS learning!!

All that "extra" stuff really is just extra. Not needed, not even beneficial. In my book, its only value is to get pulled out as a trump card among homeschooling mothers (the most competitive kind!!). You know, "Well, we just LOVE our Elizabethan unit and the period piece dresses our four-year old is constructing..."

Blah blah. My kid took a nap. And we're the better for it!

Love your song, Ezra. I hope you enjoy your bread today!

Becca said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Rach! I respect your opinion and am glad you agree what we're doing is good. I'm a pendulum finding my center. We did unschool last Summer, overly structured school last Fall (because I was nesting and had crazy motivation) and now we're here doing what we can. It's good to try out different approaches, but it's even better to have peace about what you're doing.

The bread was good, Ezra put candles in it (and lit them, heaven help us Daddy taught him how) for a belated birthday bread for me. We're still hoping to paint, but it'll have to be after dinner. Right now, they're on a "bear hunt" with Daddy in the field behind us - that's the best school of all!

Biz said...

Thanks for the pics... miss those kiddos =)

Diana said...

Rachel, teach with your heart. God will always lead the way! I am amazed at how much you have accomplished. You are a wonderful mom and I know God will fill you with confidence when you teach your children. Lead by example and give lots of love. He will help you through the whole process and put people in your path when He feels you need guidance. Give your mom a hug for me and love on the family! may God bless you and yours today and everyday!!!