You could say we have been unschooling for the last few weeks. He has been learning a lot, experiencing a lot - just not from a pre-recorded curriculum or textbook.
Some images from the last few weeks.
At the end of February my maternal grandmother passed away. I was numb for a while and losing my memory - seriously. You could say something earth-shattering to me and 3 minutes later I wouldn't have any idea that you even had been in my presence a few minutes earlier, let alone speaking to me - yes it was that bad.
Then I had an intense week-long formation course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which brought me out of the funk, and got me started on planning a "Montessori Essentials" course for everyone - homeschoolers, teachers, assistants, CGS catechists, whoever and everybody! ----- but I still have moments I just break down. Memory skills are not quite where they used to be but that week in March helped kick it back into gear!
Before heading to Michigan and being dumped on with FEET of snow, we ate lunch outside one day. We didn't eat outside, even where we are, until many weeks later:
I was just about to publish this post when I found this image on Legoboy's phone. I didn't realize we got any pictures of Grandma's funeral (his great-grandma). Inserting here since it was the start of the time period covered in this post.
That same weekend he helped his other great-grandma shovel her back porch. That was an undertaking! 2 days later, everything melted for the above-shown burial.
Legoboy spent a week at school in April. And celebrated his birthday and confirmation anniversary this month.
And we are doubling our household size!
There are a LOT of pictures here with a red and black shirt - he DOES change his clothes. Just not as often as a normal child. He has two of these shirts and his out-growing them, so wearing them as much as possible. There are no more shirts in this style in his size or larger - at least that we can find. Next shopping trip, he will pick out some short-sleeve t-shirts, I will buy some ivory and some black fabric that is like what is on these shirts and sew it on the t-shirts ---- make some more!
Marching with the Chinese:
Weekly Level 3 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium:
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He asks me to note: we need to get a BIG aquarium for the living room yet. Yes, my son, I know. I keep putting it off. The perfectionist in me - I really want to enjoy the BIG moment and not have it be "just another a thing on my list to do". ;)
At long last - assembling the desk Grandma got him for his birthday/Christmas - it has been sitting in our kitchen since the day of (or day before?) his birthday party. It will be nice to have that space again!
However, the nice thing about this desk's construction, is easy to turn pieces inside each cupboard on either side, remove the top, then the cupboards are easy to carry around. Overall, it is heavy, but in those three main pieces, we CAN get it out of that room without sawing it apart ;)
We also made an IKEA trip for more step stools (out of stock) and dining room table chairs that stack (we only have 3 wood ones that coordinate, so we got some black and white stackables to adjust seating quickly and easily) - we chose the Adde chairs which you'll see in an upcoming post. We almost got their bunk beds but went with alternates from Amazon - shipped TO me rather than me transporting heavy and long boxes and honestly, the metal feels more sturdy than the wood. Maybe I'm just being weird. I normally love wood everything!
We picked more IKEA Rast nightstands - because I can never seem to have enough of them! That is another post too! They are SO multi-functional. In fact, I think I have one started in draft format.
And finally, we have been creeping along with the Keys of the Universe elementary math videos. A sample here, along with posting ALL of the snake game videos for primary AND elementary: