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thinking about summer

Making summer plans and they are not what I would have expected. However it will be a time of slow engaging learning and reflection. We have made a few plans and many aspects of our life will stay the same. We enjoy our families rhythms and being together.

Looking forward to watching, reading and making all kinds of new things!

We decided as a family to watch the Muppet Show and a documentary t.v. show called “Steven Fry in America” with six episodes entitled New World, Deep South, Mississippi, Mountains and Plains, True West and Pacific. I am very much looking forward to both of those!

I imagining on the warm days that we will have to set up in Lakeside park with read aloud books and toys to while away the afternoons. Just finished The Cricket in Times Square and the Fairies of Nutfolk Wood. Currently in the middle of the My Fathers Dragon series. Next up is Thimble Summer and anything by Elizabeth Enright. I found three out of four of her Melendy books in the ThriftBooks web store and I know Emma Clover is going to be thrilled when they arrive.

We will continue doing math most mornings with her and have incorporated some free writing time so that she can see what that feels like. She has so much to say, I think that she will learn to have so much to write as well.

Emma has been playing MineTest (open source Minecraft) and is having the best time building and exploring. I have embraced this kind of gaming as Emma needs to have adventures!

back to homeschooling: a year in review

Aside from working on math, writing, phonics and geography books Emma Clover enjoyed many other ways of learning. We used the world around to enhance our school year and it gave us all so much purpose and community involvement. She wrote letters, played with her dollhouse, read stacks of books, helped with cooking and gardening, played games, made artwork, went on play dates and traveled all around the Bay Area during this past school year. It gave us time to be together and all of us felt lucky to return to a slower pace of life.

Emma started off making a book about the water cycle and how she uses water. She also observed how her community needs water as well.

Our first school field trip was to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Emma experimented with dry ice at a school hosted science activity day.

We went to see a Dia de los Muertos dance performance, attended the Hansel and Gretel opera and saw the Nutcracker ballet.

Emma read so many books this year! I am impressed with how many books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder we read together and she also read on her own. We checked out stacks and stacks of books from the library and listened to many audio stories.

This year was all about playing games! Lots and lots of them.

We took an unforgettable walk with a naturalist through the redwoods.

We visited many museums including the San Francisco MoMA and the Oakland Museum of California.

Emma is privy to a technology teacher and has been learning about computers for years. Lately they have made digital art and discussed future game designs.

From summer to present Emma has been practicing her knitting. We were fortunate to attend a supportive knitting club at the library.

We attended a musical event at the library given by the SF Chamber Orchestra. They were very kind and played world music for the children.

Of course the most important part of our homeschooling year was the people in it. Emma thoroughly enjoyed the classes that she took with Hickman this year. The classes were Shapes and Structures, Art (this one was art inspired by children’s book illustrations), Faire Science and Kids Cafe. She loves all of the different teachers she has and appreciates the mixed age group settings. The content was so fun that she never wanted them to come to an end. This winter/spring she was able to attend a modern dance class at the Shawl Anderson Dance center with Maurice and she loved it. Unfortunately the session was cut short but we will be sure to return if the opportunity arises.

snippets of our days





Lately its been extra tough with the fear of a novel virus and everything in Emma’s life being put on hold. Even our beloved libraries are closed. We do always have a rhythm about our days that keep us learning and having fun being homeschoolers, so in some ways not so much has changed. However the heavy feeling of isolation and cold weather is a lot to bear. We enjoy the company of others and are used to so many social interactions throughout our days, brightening our weeks. Hoping we do our best for Emma and keep her spirits bright.

lately in photos

We keep ourselves busy and are always having fun. Here is what we have been up to as of late.

Doing school. Learning math, reading Greek myths, going to knitting class, doing a science block on the water cycle, listening to Little House audio stories, reading, writing, spelling, library visits. You get the idea.

Play dates, potlucks and picnics.


Celebrated the harvest moon festival with moon cakes and moon viewing.

Baking and cooking and playing cafe at home.

homeschooling in june

We took a little break before getting back to school work. It was however full of learning experiences of course! We flew down to Los Angeles to visit family. We drove to Point Reyes and checked out a lighthouse. We went to the CAL botanical gardens. We had a picnic in the Oakland rose garden. We visited the Academy of Sciences. We attended a painting and ice cream making activity day at the Jr. Art and Science center. We watched a bunch of things, like Muppets, Little Bear and the BBC show Britain in Bloom. We laid in the grass and read books and played and cooked. It all felt glorious and refreshing and then we were ready to get back to work.

I picked up about 30 Bob books from the library and we started going through them one at a time until all of a sudden Clover was reading. She sounded out every letter and remembered some of the words. She could not memorize them though and had to actually read which was exactly what she needed. They have been great resources and we are ready for our next pile of Bob books.

We finished the rest of the Kindergarten phonics book and started on math again. I had picked up some base ten foam pieces from the school resource center and we have started to experiment with those. I feel like the material we have covered as of late is first grade level stuff like long vowels and number place values. We will continue chipping away it through the next month or so.

It feels good to work year round, taking a couple weeks off here and there. This summer Emma will try out Capoeira at the YMCA and we will continue to swim. We have firm plans to attend every concert that the Oakland municipal band performs and probably eat a lot of watermelon and strawberries. We will continue with our read aloud chapter books like Betsy Tacy and the Children of Noisy Village and Emma practicing with those Bob books. I think she will be so excited and ready for first grade.