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Celebrating May Day With A Pocketful of Wildflowers

I don’t know about you, but May is always an exciting month in our homeschool. It is the month where we start to wind things down, wrap things up and, hopefully, congratulate ourselves on a year well done! It doesn’t hurt that it’s also my birthday month…

We celebrated the 1st of May with a day spent outside. If you live anywhere near us (or have anywhere near our overgrown, bee-friendly lawn!), you, too, will associate May with dandelions. Here they sprout with abandon, and I learn to appreciate them a little more each year. Although I haven’t gotten dedicated enough to harvest them (yet!), I find they do make enchanting photographs!

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The weather cooperated with us, which produced more than a few pairs of bare feet!

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My daughter delights in the flowers of the season, and we both celebrated the first poppy to greet us with its yellow warmth.

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Our littlest showered himself with the good, brown earth.

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And the three of them played, and played, and played.

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My daughter left this little gift. Knowing it wouldn’t last, I snapped a picture of the sunshine, warmth, and little wonders that it promised.

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I hope this new month finds you well, and inspired by the promise of May flowers, and a long and fruitful summer!

August: Homeschool Planning Time?!

The month of August is upon us and I’m simultaneously struck by an urge to preserve the summer – hang on with every fibre of my being – and plan. Yep, that’s right. As soon as the first day of the month appeared, I felt compelled. Compelled to count down. Compelled to face forward, compelled to plan.

 

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Since at least May, I have been reading blog headlines about homeschool planning.  And, I’ve been asking myself, “Who are these people?  Planning for next year already?!”  What about enjoying summer?!  What about  a break?  What about living this blissful season?  (Maybe you are one of these people?  If so, you have my kudos. Planning does not come naturally to me).

Yet, here I find myself.  Planning in August.   A full, beautiful month of summer left, and it might as well be over.  I’m itching to start.  Itching to start structuring our days, do something “scholarly,” focus inward and, well, begin again.

I m looking outside, and the hot summer sun is beckoning.  The creek by our house calls.  The kids and I are, regretfully, inside on such a gift of  a day.  And, as much as August feels to me like a filler month (the month before the big month of September, with its fresh starts, fresh notebooks and renewed vigour), I’m electing to embrace our August.

Swim in the creek.  Spend the days at the beach.  Build a bonfire.  Enjoy each other’s company and experience the treasured moments that will sustain us through the rainy season.  This season is magic, and I intend to embrace it.

So, if you catch me writing and thinking about planning, know that we might be doing  bit of that. But, we’ll be doing a lot more living.  And that’s just great with us.


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