I am back again for Ginny's weekly Yarn Along, with the same old hooded tunic. This time I can say that I think I will be done with it in time for next week's edition, as I am on the hood now. As long as my kitchener stitch goes well, it ought to be ready for blocking by this weekend.
I am still reading A Little Way of Homeschooling and I really am getting a lot from it. All anxiety about teaching Dominic this year has left me, as I am tending more toward unschooling him. He is quite hyper and just not ready to do much more than practice his fine motor skills and life skills at this point. As for the older kids, I am thinking that I might end up with some sort of Charlotte Mason/unschooling philosophy leading me along. A meltdown over a timed drill made me think seriously about what it is I am trying to accomplish here.
When your eight year old cries and screams, "I hate math!" at you, it makes you think about these things. So many times while growing up I wanted to scream, "I hate math!", and now, as an adult, I find myself frequently enjoying my daughter's algebra--something that I thought would be the death of me when I was in high school.
The kids are reading various things. Una reads so quickly that I can't keep up with all of it, but she has been reading a lot of Catholic apologetics borrowed from her uncle Michael, a former seminarian with quite an extensive theological library. He is happy to make recommendations and loan her books. Sebastian is reading Moccasin Trail currently. Gabriel is working through some Star Wars book. Pulp fiction and just what Charlotte Mason would have considered "twaddle", but he is still at a point where I have to make him read for 30 minutes a day, so I let him read what he wants to most of the time, as long as he is reading.
Our read-aloud is Redwall. Una has read just about the entire series, I think. In any case, I am finding it immensely engaging and hard to put down. Miss Mason would have frowned upon my very theatrical readings, but I have this dramatic streak that refuses to be repressed...if I can't read with odd voices and funny accents, there's no fun in it at all. I have really loved doing the voices of Basil Stag Hare and Cluny the Scourge, but the moles are giving me a heck of a time. I just can't pin them...
Already this morning I have peeked at a few Yarn Along posts, and I am itching for a new project.
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