Annette

Mother of 6, mistress of none, tired, happy, and blessed.

I am a homeschooling mother of six. I do a lot of volunteer work and write early childhood “curriculum” for homeschoolers. I’m a pastor’s wife, a survivor of PPCM (peripartum cardiomyopathy), a retired La Leche League leader, a music and theater lover, and wanna-be crafter.

Nature Study: The Return of the Birds

Even if I was able to sleep in– a virtually impossible task when you have six children!– I am finding myself waking up every morning to the sound of birds. Coincidentally, the twins created a bird feeder in their Sunday School class, leading to an interest in the birdies in our neighborhood. They’ve been gathering up rocks, twigs, and grasses to create “nests.” It’s sweet, but I could do without it immediately outside the front door!

At the same time, I’ve been leading some music classes at a local preschool. I miss teaching little ones, and it’s just enough to make me miss it. But our topic these last few weeks? Birds!

Springing into Spring!

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Oh my goodness, Spring is finally here, and we’re so excited!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we have plenty of spring goodies housed here on Seasons of Joy. You really don’t have to buy anything— there is so much out there that is freely available, and nobody knows your child the way you do.

But if you should choose to purchase something, Spring Seasons of Joy is my favorite!

17757550_10154491575487742_4711777493210178808_nWe spent spring break exploring some fun places around our city– above is Randyland, an outdoor, interactive art exhibition– and are now settling back into school and spring cleaning and gardening. I hope to start posting again now that I’m out of my winter funk.

SPRING Seasons of Joy Online Updates

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spring

Websites come and websites go, and ten years later, I realize that some of the websites included in my Seasons of Joy curriculum may no longer be functioning. And spring is coming soon, I promise! Here are some updated links to the Spring seasonal guide.

p. 54 “Online bonus material”
The link to making a bubble wand no longer works. Try these links instead!
* Make large and small bubble wands.* A do-it-yourself GIANT bubble wand from sticks and string.
*Invent all kinds of bubble wands from kitchen materials.

Good morning!

And happy 2017!

But we’re all still here. See?

Doctor Who fam

This poor little neglected blog…  Part of is it that I’m really not sure what to do with it. Do people even read blogs anymore? I think they do. I know I do, at least sometimes. But it started as an early childhood blog, and while technically the Twinkies can still be considered early childhood, which spans birth through age 8, most of my kiddos are well past. Heck, my oldest is applying and auditioning for colleges! And it was a homeschool blog, and all my children are in public school. And it was a Waldorf blog, and even though we still hold to some core Waldorf principles, we also have a fair amount of Reggio Emilio, Montessori, and regular mainstream life going on. And really, I’m not even doing that much teaching anymore, although I miss it terribly.

Last Week's Book Basket

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Whoops! Forgot all about the autumn creatures last week, so here we go!

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
We just bought this one at Barnes and Noble, and the twins love the adventures of Duck, Cat, and Squirrel. They were disappointed it didn’t include a recipe for pumpkin soup! Do you have one?
You can hear the store read here in a lovely accent.

Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli  yonie
This is a Caldecott Honor Book and the twins are fascinated by the “medal” on the cover. I always like to point it out to them, telling them that the illustrations in this book are sooooo wonderful that it won an award. That always gets their attention!

Dear Friends,
As some of you may know, I have been out of work since March due to my epilepsy. There has been an increase in my seizure activity and I am having a bad response to medications. I am trying to get this blog active again to see if can lead to some other projects/work. I’m not exactly sure what yet, lol. Some possibilities include online teaching, curriculum writing, writing for other sources, parent/family coaching, etc. I’m open to ideas. If you would like to help at all, there are a couple things you can do.
1. Like my Seasons of Joy Facebook page.
2. When I post a blog link on Facebook, click through. Every click counts! You can also subscribe to my feed.
3. If you’re feeling like being super awesome, interact on the Facebook or here on the blog with a like or a comment on individual posts.
4. If you really want bonus kindness points 😉 share the Facebook page or blog posts with people you think might be interested.
Thank you! It’s difficult for me to ask for help, but if you have any ideas or suggestions, I would appreciate it.

Autumn Creatures

I just realized I forgot to write about this week’s theme– it’s autumn creatures! Although it seems a bit silly to be writing about autumn when it’s been 80 degrees this week. Humph.

Just a tiny little taste of the week- I’ll post later about our book basket and our art appreciation (both the one we were supposed to do and the one we ended up doing instead.) It’s a busy week here. Two children are in the thick of rehearsal, one is in tech week, one is starting rehearsal for a new project, one had an eye doctor’s appointment and new glasses and three have doctor’s appointments tomorrow.

Autumn Rhythm

Autumn RhythmWe’re looking at Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm painting this week. It’s the first time we’ve spent focused time at abstract art, and the twins were intrigued. We had a focused exploration of the piece, trying to find beginning and ends of lines, looking for where they crossed and tangled and became something new. Tracing the lines led to some discussion of mazes, a rabbit trail I would like to follow. There are lots of free printable mazes online, but I don’t think that’s the direction I’d like to do. Maybe we’ll use blocks to build mazes– it’s a shame we don’t still have a hamster in the family! Our Hexbug phase has come and gone, but maybe we can build a maze for hexbugs. Or I could always get out the marble run. Although I’m not looking for worksheet activities, I might make an exception for these number mazes— Matthew especially loves dot markers.