Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Trials of Homeschool Lunches

homemade buffalo wings, roasted potatoes,
pineapple turmeric saurkraut over greens with
a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Poetry Tea on a Snowy Day

Following are some shots of our "Poetry Tea", as suggested by our writing guru, Julie Bogart, of Brave Writer.

It was nice to have the girls together doing something they love - eating and reading. Eva and I have missed Clara in our homeschool this year; she's mostly taking online classes now with Landry Academy (Geology) and Well Trained Mind (Pre-Algebra, Socratic Discussion).

We read poems from the anthology Read Aloud Poems for Young People, including "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat", by Edward Lear.  My siblings and I used to visit a book store by that name in Camden, Maine, in the summers; I haven't read this classic poem in a while.  Eva in particular liked the simple yet dramatic final refrain:

They danced by the light of the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

We're going to try to get a hold of Lear's original book that includes this poem. It's called Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Botany.

As for culinary notes - we served pomegranate white tea (Trader Joe's), heart shaped paleo shortbread cookies in anticipation of Valentine's Day, along with my exclusive recipe, mocha hazelnut bonbons. Yum!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What we really do in our homeschool - revised

When your oldest and dearest grade school friend, who has just embarked on homeschooling her eleven year old son, asks you to share some "typical homeschool morning" photos, this is what you send: 

Just starting multiplication...
Piano break
Clara reads ancient history.
Eva learns how to calculate tree age with a youtube video.
I prepare some Argentine mate.
Clara prepares hot chocolate
and continues reading.
I get a chapter in of my latest book.
Clara tunes in to her
Pre-algebra class with
Well Trained Mind Academy

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Allowence People - by Eva

Dear Mrs. M.,

We are hearing from your Daughter, Eva C. M., that you are not giving your children Allowence. We think This is not fair. We are very consernd. Here is a list of people who aggree with us.

1. Nicholas W.
2. Eva M.
3. Clara M
4. Lucia M.
5. Toto Bear
6. Lambie

At least give your children 50 cents a week!

Please reply,
The Allowence people. your in good hands.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas

Claudio hard at work on day one.  I helped on day two!

Chicken duty!  

Eva on our back patio table. 

Sledding with friends.