Monday, March 30, 2009

I'm Just a Humanities-Lovin' Girl

One of the things that I love about homeschooling is the choice and emphasis that are available to me and my daughters. I'm drawn to the classical method of education and I am very excited about the plethora of literature, poetry, history, foreign languages, art and music that it encourages. I revel in the study of literature and history, I adore art and music, and I have a solid respect and enthusiasm for the acquisition of languages. Planning our lessons for the next school year is just downright great.

We'll be following the four year cycle for studying history:
  1. Ancients (5000BC-400AD)
  2. Medieval to Early Renaissance (400-1600)
  3. Late Renaissance to Early Modern (1600-1850)
  4. Modern (1850-Present)

Now, the cool thing is that our literature will follow the history track. So, in this next year, we'll study the Egyptians, Ancient Israel, Ancient China, the Greeks and the Romans. And alongside this, we'll be reading stories about the pyramids and mummies, the Silk Road, stories from the Scriptures, Alexander the Great, all those larger-than-life gods and goddesses, and all those entertaining accounts of famous battles and people.

In addition to all the great reading, we have art and music! We'll study images of Egyptian sarcophaguses, Chinese brush paintings, and Greek and Roman sculptures. We'll try our hand at building mini pyramids, building a Great Wall of China, making African tribal masks, creating representations of Roman roads and cooking ethnic foods from the region we are studying at any given time. We'll listen to (cringe-inducing) Ancient Greek music, wonder at the pentatonic scale of Chinese melodies and make up our own movements to African ceremonial drummings.

For someone with a love of all things humanities such as myself, this is a extremely pleasing existence! I will introduce my children to the intriguing glories of history and hold their hands as we travel the road of art and music appreciation. What a grand way to spend one's days.

(And yeah, we're going to throw in some math and science to keep things balanced around here.)

Saturday, March 28, 2009


As I'm sure any mother of young children can attest, they are an object of fascination and frustration. We've a couple of nose pickers in our home, which causes us to talk about boogers often, and we acknowledge their existence in a matter-of-fact sort of way.

This morning, Mr Brooke was wiping his nose with some Kleenex when Rabbit came up to him...

Rabbit: "Daddy, do you have a bloody nose?"

Mr. Brooke: "Nope. I'm wiping my nose with a tissue to get the boogers out because it's yucky to use our fingers."

Rabbit: "Daddy, I have boogers and I wipe them on my dress."

Friday, March 27, 2009

Remember Me?

The oldest girl found me in the craft room, buried under a mound of fabric that the mom keeps accumulating; and thank my lucky stars, the girl begged the mom to finish me and give me to her. I'm FINALLY going to be a fully-fledged blanket!

I really got my hopes up the last time the mom found me and stated that I would be finished soon...but that was so long ago, and she got caught up with that new baby (the nerve...)--I'd about given up hope of ever seeing the light of day again.

Good things come to those who wait. I get to be a little girl's blanket! And I've seen that ratty blankie that she carries around at times, so I figure that I have a fair shot at replacing it and earning the esteemed title of "Blankie."

Oh, I can hardly wait...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cupcake Apron

Yes, I am slightly disturbed that she knows how to pose like that.

Pattern: Little Retro Aprons for Kids, by Cindy Taylor Oates, Pattern A-2
Fabric: Cupcakes--I've managed to discard all the selvage from this except for one piece that says "Robert Kau..."; Dots--from the "Smores" collection by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda, Pattern #22074

I am loving this apron, and Bluebird has warmed up to it since her lacklustre reception upon its completion. I am totally looking forward to making more of these babies! The pattern is very well-written, except for one tiny mistake that tells you to put the wrong sides together near the end, but it's easy to catch and correct. I've also purchased the designer's other two apron pattern books for adults...mwahahahaha, aprons galore!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Construction Ahead

I've decided to give the ol' blog a little overhaul, so expect a little dust around here for the next week or so.

Things will be very different around here in short time. My focus in life has shifted/evolved/grown slightly, and I want my blog to reflect that.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Thanks I Get

I committed to sewing up an apron for both Bluebird and Rabbit. We've picked out fabric (Bluebird went with pink, cupcakes and rainbow bubble dots; Rabbit is still deciding between cherries or sock monkeys...oh, to understand the decision-making criteria of a two year old), I washed Bluebird's fabric and got it ready to go and I started cutting and sewing this morning.

I really enjoyed sewing up the little apron, which is so adorable and perky; but after seven collective hours of sewing and sticking pins into my fingers, I was pretty glad to be done. I proudly produced the tiny apron to my family, and Mr. Brooke expressed his admiration and Bluebird was happy to put the apron on so I could take a picture of her in it. I then took it off of her so I could do some "Finish Project Shots" and when I was rudely cut off from that endeavor by my lazy camera batteries, I offered it back to her to put on again.

Her response: "No thank you."

I think the next apron will be for me. ONLY ME.

And I'll be sure to probably thank myself for all the trouble I went to in making me a present!

(Pictures will follow when: 1. I get new camera batteries, and 2. I find the cord that allows me to upload my pictures to my computer.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In Response to the Complaints

People, it's only been a month. I know you like me, and I like you...but I just cannot be your sole source of blog entertainment. I just can't. I'm sorry. I need more time. I love you, be good.

Hee hee. Don't worry, the cooling off period is almost over. I want the blog to be a happy place, not a place where I moan about how much I hate the last days of winter. With the weather taking a considerably happier turn for the better, I see happier days of blogging around the corner.