Tuesday, August 9, 2011

knitting, homeschool, knitting...

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Knitting, reading, and playing along with Ginny and her Yarn Along...

Thinking that maybe this winter I will have time to knit for hours of the day, that sounds very nice. But for now it's mostly just little bits at a time. Sometimes I will try to do nothing but knit and sew for days, (besides the baking, cooking, kitchen stuff), but that can only last for so long, especially during the summer, with garden chores sometimes taking hours of the day.

And then there is all the homeschool planning, which is of course a very happy thing. I always seem to begin thinking about the year ahead in mid-spring, as we finish one year and look ahead towards the next. I then become very consumed with the task of researching and planning out the coming year. Lately I am often thinking about the amazingness of the fact that I now have a 5th grader and a 1st grader, and this will be our first year of all three of us having school days together. Oh my.

(It does make me kind of sad that I didn't write much about our fourth grade year. I would really like to do some homeschool posts soon and keep up with it better throughout the year. After all, it is one of my favorite topics, and I could go on and on...)

So, what I'm reading... lots of homeschool stuff, everything 5th grade Waldorf, old lesson plans from first grade with Chloe, need to decide Chessa's year of main lessons...
I am also reading Rhythms of Learning, selected lectures by Rudolph Steiner. I had been wishing to read this book for so many years and was happy to see it on the shelf at Sara's one day recently. She is very wonderful for having homeschool books to share, I'm lucky like that.

Reading Steiner on educating our children makes me totally inspired to do my best as we continue this Waldorf homeschool journey.
My children totally inspire me to do that too.


Oh yeah, I also have a few random piles of books around the house pictures...

The girls each have their own copy of Tasha Tudor's A Time to Keep, a gift from my sister one year. We consider our books to belong to all of us a family, but with this special book it seemed like it would be nice for them to each have a copy to have in their own homes someday.

Books move around often in our home. These vintage books on top are fairly delicate so I brought them upstairs recently, they sit on the shelf in the hallway now.

We have inadvertently created this little nook for Jason, next to the chair where he sits and reads, we have been keeping his library books there, along with a few others. Also the globe he had when he was little kid.

Now back to knitting, the best for last. Because now she is seven, and in 1st grade, and as she has many times said, it is time for her to learn how to "needle knit".

So I sat next to her on the couch, between the two of them actually, and I taught her how to cast on, and with every stitch added she exclaimed so happily that there was one more. And then she knit her first rows.

And then we all sat there together with our knitting projects.. cardigan, scarf for dad knit by Chloe, and doll blanket knit by Chessa. Such knitting happiness!


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15 comments:

rainblissed said...

How wonderful! I can't wait until my son is ready to knit with needles :-) Happy homeschool planning!!

a little crafty nest said...

Dear Renee...So much goodness in here, friend! First, your cardi looks so great. It's really coming along. I am busy with hats as the mountains around here bring cooler weather sooner than we think. Then I'll be moving onto my biggest boy's cardi. It is so heartwarming to think of you three girls sitting together, happily knitting. This is such a dream come true! I have so much to talk to you about with regards to homeschooling, I think I'll have to manage an email:) But, that Steiner book sounds wonderful! Did you ever get the Guardian Angels from your mama? Anyhow, I am pretty excited about homeschooling this coming year and relish my evenings spent selecting fairy tales, planning crafts, etc. Much love to you, enjoy these August days!
xo Jules

Kim said...

I sure miss those homeschooling days! Your cardigan is gorgeous and the photos of your girls knitting are adorable!
*smiles*

Jess said...

It always makes me happy to see young knitters starting on their path!
Also, I have the identical edition of Anderson's Fairy Tales!
I love antique books and my soon-to-be second grade daughter is old enough now that I am sharing them with her one or two at a time.

Kristen said...

Love that your girls are learning to knit so young! Such a great skill to last them a lifetime. Hope the homeschool planning goes well!

♣♠Lorena♠♣ said...

knitting beautiful girls

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

Wonderful! I love the shot of the two girls knitting together. What a joy!

www.theevolvinghomemaker.com said...

that is great! i love your blog and waldorf inspired hs'ing, i too would like to add more of it to our hs'ing too! i really want to learn to felt them some lovely treasures!

:)
jen

Swanski said...

I just love photos of new knitters. I like they way the concentrate on the stitches :)

Stacy said...

Oh that picture of the girls with their knitting projects! So sweet!

Sniega said...

Just joining the others, marveling at your little knitters... :) So sweet.

Sheila said...

So sweet!!! I sat between my daughter and niece when I taught them....I don't remember it being a calming experience though. :) One is left handed. :)

Plain and Joyful Living said...

So wonderful to be knitting together!
I am also planning for a 5th grader - it sure would be fun to be able to do it together.
Thinking of you,
Warm wishes, Tonya

KnitterMama said...

OHOHOH--for the days when my kids can knit on their own like that. That looks just so cozy and wonderful.

Freedom Three said...

awww! what beautiful girls knitting together :-)