Saturday, January 20, 2018

{This Moment} Finishing Touches

{This Moment} A weekend ritual. A single photo (or three) -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. We wish you a lovely weekend. xo 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Derby Car Preparations

 Emma adds some sparkle to her snowflake car. 
Grace paints the branch on her car. 
Just a few pictures from earlier this week! Their cars are looking great and they are looking forward to the race on Saturday! xo

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Outschool

 In which Grace and Emma take their first class through Outschool and learn about Impressionist art, as well as poetry and music from the Romantic period. Pardon the quirky set-up. Next week, we've decided to try a different location. 
The class that they are taking is Tea Time Series: Impressionists Degas, Monet, Manet and Renoir. Today's artist was Degas. 
The girls did some sketches inspired by his painting Racehorses at Longchamp. 
Grace's (unfinished) sketch. 
Emma's.

In addition to Grace and Emma there were three other kids in the class. One was located in Texas and the other two in Maryland. It was really neat to be able to listen to the discussion, and to hear all these different voices from different parts of the country! They talked about a few of Degas' paintings (the girls especially like The Ballet Class), read and discussed some poetry by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and listened to music by Chopin while they sketched. The class voted on which of Degas painting's they'd like to use as their sketch inspiration, which I thought was pretty cool! They had such a blast and are looking forward to next week's class (which will focus on Monet)! xo

Monday, January 15, 2018

In Honor Of Dr. King

Today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the girls each chose one of his quotes to put in their main lesson books. We also listened to part of his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, as well as watched part of  David Letterman's new Netflix show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction". If you have not seen it I highly recommend it. The part I showed the girls focused on Congressman John Lewis and the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.Getting to see footage from that day in Selma Alabama helped them to have a better understanding of what was going on in our country at that time. We talked about how hard people worked to bring about change and equal rights, and noticed how now, in 2017/2018, it seems that many steps have been taken backward and those battles are, sadly, being fought once again. Had we been alive when Dr. King was there's no doubt we would have been marching hand-in-hand and lending our voices and support during the Civil Rights Era. We speak out now, and march now, because we truly believe what Dr. King said: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter". There's still much work to be done, friends, and we hope one day that we won't need to speak up or march or protest anymore but until then we shall. xo

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

At Their Winter Home

And so begin our weekly trips to the mountain! The mild temps of today were too good to pass up so we put lessons aside for the day and hit the mountain after breakfast. It was not nearly as crowded as I was expecting it to be, and the girls were able to get in about six runs before we needed to head home. When they returned after their final run of the day Grace told me that a gentleman who they passed after they got off the chair-lift said to them, "Let me guess...homeschoolers?!" The girls were super surprised that he guessed correctly! Such a nice change from the usual question of "What? No school today?!"  that we get all too often. xo