Blogging has taken a definite back seat to life recently. I realized that in trying to maintain my blog by publishing a few posts a week I was spreading myself too thin. I’m honestly not sure what the future holds for my blog but for now it’ll be intermittent at best.
That being said, I did want to update you. Life has been busy. Good, but busy. We’re schooling through the summer (partly because we’re switching to year-round schooling and partly because we took a ridiculously long Christmas break.)
Summer will be a lighter load than normal though. I’m hoping to get to a lot of the fun supplements that I didn’t have time for during the school year.
I picked up this little gem at the Florida homeschool convention last month. It’s the Greek Alphabet Code Cracker by the folks at Classical Academic Press. I had originally toyed with the idea of teaching Greek but eventually opted for following through with Latin. This workbook caught my eye because I like the thought that we can learn the letters and phonetic pronunciation of the Greek alphabet without having to commit to a full language curriculum.
I figure all I have to do it show my girls this fun video and they’ll be begging to learn Greek.
Another fun summer extracurricular for us is Shakespeare In Bits. This software allows you to watch animated reenactments of the plays while following along with the unabridged text. It’s currently available at a substantial discount through the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-Op. You have the option to choose their complete package which includes 5 Shakespearean plays: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Or you can purchase the plays individually. Mira has such an interest in Julius Caesar that I thought this would be a neat way for us to experience Shakespeare together.
Shakespeare . . . plays . . . stages . . .
Oh! Speaking of stages- my girls had their first recitals last month. (Warning -proud momma moment.)
Ironically enough Mira’s and Stella’s first ever piano recital happened to fall on the exact same day as Stella’s first ballet performance. It was a chaotic month leading up to the big day; and recital day in particular required a lot of running around but somehow it all went off without a hitch.
Mira performed “When You Wish Upon a Star” beautifully and I was so proud to see my shy girl perform so beautifully and confidently on stage. Stella performed “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and handled a mistake so naturally by simply going back a few notes to replay the measure correctly. No panic, no despair, just a perfect smooth recovery. Oh, and did I mention she sung aloud as she played? So freaking cute. My youngest, Lyra, didn’t perform this year but was given a special little trophy for being her teacher’s youngest student.
Mira and Stella had worked so hard practicing their pieces, and I know that Mira in particular was a bit nervous about getting up in front of people, so I really wanted to surprise them with special gifts to mark the occasion.
I had Mira’s necklace specially-made from this beautiful Etsy shop, The Green Daisy. We’re big Disney fans here, which was a big part of the reason why Mira chose “When You Wish Upon a Star”. I found Stella’s necklace on Ebay. It literally came in the most adorable box with the words to Twinkle, Twinkle inside it. And as Stella aptly pointed out, it even looks like piano keys on the box.
After their big piano recital, we had Stella’s big ballet performance at the local Opera House. She was Little Red Riding Hood in the production of Sleeping Beauty.
Recitals are quite the thing though, huh? I feel like I just tackled a beast and hit a new phase with my girls. Mira is already contemplating which song she wants to learn for next year’s recital and Stella literally came off the ballet stage asking when she can get in front of an audience again. Turns out Stella loves the sound of applause. Who’d of thunk it?
What about you? What fun extra-curricular resources will you be utilizing over the summer?