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.

Summer's life has yielded itself into my keeping...

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    Calendar of the Soul
[September 16, 2017 – September 22, 2017]

There dims in damp autumnal air
The senses’ luring magic;
The light’s revealing radiance
Is dulled by hazy veils of mist.
In distances around me I can see
The autumn’s winter sleep;
The summer’s life has yielded
Itself into my keeping.

I looked out the hallway window this morning and was saw a shock of red among the green. Halfway through September, and the leaves are changing their color. The air smells different. It’s still hot, but it’s a different kind of hot than the heat of summertime. There’s an air of transition about.

Michaelmas, or the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, is coming soon! September 29, to be exact.

St. Michael and his little dragon, circa 2009

Michaelmas has always been tricky for us. It is both Nicholas’s birthday and Michael’s nameday, and each celebration has its own family traditions. It was hard to fit St. Michael in there as well! But it’s always felt like such an important holiday to mark and I’ve always struggled with not giving it due attention. This year, with my Michael gone off to college, it finally occurred to me– we don’t have to do it the same day as Nick’s birthday. We can do it the day before or the day after. The Waldorf police will not come and get us. And if they try, they won’t find us, because on Nick’s birthday we will be at a “slumber party screening” of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Montessori: Where Methods Meet

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As I’ve been thinking about this “sweet spot” where Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia meet, I’ve been trying to pull out where exactly those intersectionalities occur. This is, undoubtedly, a partial list, but it’s what I am able to come up with in the noisy lobby of my kids’ arts school.

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  1. The aesthetic. Let’s face it, this is the first thing people tend to notice about all three of these “lifestyles” (if there is such a thing). Natural materials, muted colors, an ethereal glow. Toys are often handmade with love and knowledge of the child and are imbued with meaning. Toys tend are beautiful, open-ended, and multi-purpose.
Intersection

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I’m at an interesting point in my life right now. I am finding that there is this fascinating sweet spot where Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia all meet. I’m at the thinking stage, sorting it all out.

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Our Geeky Summer

Maybe, eventually, I’ll do a post about everything that’s going on with my epilepsy and other health challenges that have cropped up… but the bottom line is that I’ve decided, come hell or high water, I’m going back to some sort of work come September. Staying home and being sad and worried is doing nothing for my physical, mental, or emotional health, and even if all I do is substitute three days a week, I will still be at the same point where I am now. But meanwhile, we’ve decided to make this a happy, fun, GEEKY summer.

In 900 years of time and space, I've never met anyone who wasn't important.

Happy Summer!

All my babies are home for the summer!

Except, they’re not. Katie left today to go on tour with her girls’ choir, and Michael leaves this weekend for two weeks in Spain with his orchestra.

Other updates include:

PicMonkey Collage

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.