I think all children are artists. From the tiniest fingers all the way up, they seem to love being full of paint and glue and paper mache. They also love to sing and dance and play instruments.
Not only are we trying to organize a morning Waldorf homeschool arts and crafts class at the Creative Arts Centre, but the kids are about to try out a new art form this spring – drama. I stumbled upon a drama teacher while perusing kijiji for a french tutor, and convinced her to teach homeschool classes. Hana has been trying out different character portrayals. Strasberg would be proud. Or…something.
Elijah and Hana are taking part in the “Collins 2014 writing contest”, and listening to all of Hana’s references to the classics makes me so thankful that we’ve been reading the greats. Dumas, Dickens, Twain, Pyle, Kipling. We’ve worked our way through the entire list of 100 or so children’s classics, some of them several times. I can assure every parent, reading the classics with your kids is so worth it! Hana is always drawing parallels and contrasts between awesome literature and real life. It helps her explain a lot of what would otherwise be a struggle. Hana’s currently independently reading Anne of Green Gables. Last night I ran upstairs at 10pm to put away the laundry, and there she was teary eyed, nose in book.
“Anne just discovered that Marilla wanted a boy!”
Currently the kids are studying French and Spanish. A fellow homeschool Mom offered to help Hana with French grammar and dialogue at the library Wednesday afternoons, which has been great. She also has four kids, two of whom are around Hana’s age so it works out really well. Because of this, Hana now understands the common meaning of the word “homework”.
My kids seem to prefer grabbing an apple or carrot to almost anything else I offer them. I used to discourage it, in fear that it would ruin our dinner, my meal plan and our budget. Thats until I got a juicer for Christmas and it took over our lives. We have been juicing kale, beets, spinach, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers. It’s taking us down this road to raw food.
Up until then, we had been on a culinary adventure eating our way around the world. We sort of got stuck in Japan and we never wanted to leave. Now we seem to be eating mostly plant based foods with small amounts of fish and seafood. Everyone seems to be thriving, so we’ll just continue.
The kids are also looking forward to yoga, gymnastics and a new homeschool science group. It’s nice to spend more time “out there” now that the minus 30 weather has eased up. We’ve been skating and sliding quite a bit too, which the little ones especially love.
Travel: 118 days until our “North West Canada Road trip 2014″.
Here is our plan so far. Make it all the way through the tundra to the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic for the summer solstice in 24 hour sunlight. Then down through the rain forests, waterfalls, hot springs and ocean beaches of British Columbia. We will tent, hike and swim as much as we can. I’m looking forward to spending lots of time with family, and finally going whale watching!