Macaroni Pizza! (And a sort of DITL…)
Devoting part of every day to reading and discussing school subjects with Rosie takes up a lot of time. It’s very hard to keep Ada quiet and entertained while I work with Rosie. I’d say that’s probably the most difficult thing about homeschooling.
The other difficult thing is finding a balance between what Rosie should be learning and what kind of subjects she enjoys. For example we studied vikings for a week and they did not interest Rosie in the least. Ada on the other hand LOVES vikings. Now we’re reading the next chapter and it’s about Columbus. Also of no interest to Rosie. Ada spent an hour reading the Columbus pop-up book to herself and exclaiming over the map. At least someone is listening. Hah.
Rosie’s favorite school book is this one book I hesitated over called Wisdom and the Millers. It was on the reading list as part of the religious bit. It’s about a Mennonite family and the evening devotions their dad reads to them. We’re supposed to read a chapter every day. Rosie thinks it’s the greatest story book in the world. I have no idea why. It’s about what the Bible says about being a tattle tale, for example, and then the dad tells a story about one time when he was a tattle tale as a kid and what happened as a result. It’s a chapter book with one picture per chapter. Today’s story was about how a good man cares for his animals while a wicked man leaves them to suffer. The story the dad told his kids was about a time when he a little boy and he got angry with the goat for kicking over the milking pail then didn’t give the goats any water for a day. Rosie is totally riveted by this book. It’s kind of funny to see her begging me to read a book about morals, of all things.
The good thing about homeschooling is that you have time to follow your interests. However I also think it’s important to learn a little about a wide variety of subjects because you never know when you’ll need to be informed about something later in life. You also never know when you’ll be surprised by your interest in something you didn’t expect you’d like!
Another good thing about homeschooling…we can walk around in our pajamas until we feel like getting dressed! Ada and I like to wear our pj’s all morning. Rosie loves to get dressed as soon as possible.
We usually eat breakfast and watch a tv show, then the girls play around for a little while before we start school work.
As part of Rosie’s school work we do a composer study where we learn about a different composer each month. We “study” the composer one day a week.
This month we’re learning about Beethoven. Today we read a little of a children’s book about his life. We learned about his childhood and listened to the first song he composed and performed at age 10.
Then we listened to Moonlight Sonata while painting what the music sounded like. Rosie said it sounded like a person pining away in love.
(I didn’t tell her why Beethoven wrote that song!) She painted herself because she loves her best friend Cade and he lives several hours away.
Ada painted too. They just kept painting and painting, as if we’d never painted before…?
We ran out of paint.
Once we ran out of paint Rosie washed her hands and ran off to play.
Ada had to be swiftly relocated to the tub.
Things got a little wild in there.
I informed Ada she had paint on her bum.
But pleasing too…
Nope, none on the tongue.
I didn’t photograph the next place she checked for paint.
Then we were very silly.
Ada *loves* looking at these pictures later. Our computer screen saver is a huge slide show of pictures from the last six years. The girls watch it for hours sometimes.
While Rosie went to dance class this evening Ada wanted to get out her new violin.
Rosie is going to start learning violin soon with me as part of school. Ada kept asking, “Where is my own bah-oh-lee-ann?” (Kentucky accent ftw!)
Well her own bah-oh-lee-ann came in the mail a couple days ago. It has been a source of MUCH pride. Ada very delicately removes it from the case, practices holding it correctly, plays emphatically, then carefully places it back in the case.
Super bonus: The case is also a back pack!
When Rosie goes to dance class on Thursdays with Tyler’s parents Ada immediately takes advantage of the one-on-one time.
She wanted to play the violin for me tonight.
She warmed up her rhythm abilities with the drum.
Then, it was time to remove the beloved bah-oh-lee-ann from its case.
She has to do it all by herself.
Sunflare to the max.
She was in the process of yelling. I think she’s calling out square dance moves or something.
She kept yelling, “Macaroni pizza!”
She wanted me to get out the banjo. Alas my banjo skills are still a work in progress…a major work in progress. I can play a G lick! That’s about it.
Yes, I know, how many pictures can there be of Ada playing the violin?
The violin is just so teeny tiny and freaking adorable!