We take them out to nature, they observe. We draw, they draw.
After several weeks being consistent with our group, and walking in nature, and drawing what we observe, my oldest was ready for her serious watercolor set. It is her own Windsor and Newman, London co., made in France! She is too excited. So much that she had a hard time letting others use it in the park... she wants to keep it new, but that is not possible.
My oldest daughter is turning 10! And this was one of her birthday presents, but I gave it to her in advance so that she could use it today at the park.
Brussels sprouts roasted with some bacon. Do I need to add anything to that? lol.
Mussels sauteed in olive oil with garlic and onion.
Some of my latest purchases. Isn't this cover and back cover of A Coffin for King Charles to die for?
Someone made friends with Mr. Squirrel today!
Have you ever seen one of these beauties?, we do pretty often. It is possible we don't have eyes for the most common flora and fauna in our area. Trying to reclaim my childhood naturalist eyes and curiosity, I have to say that last week, while washing the dishes, from the kitchen window that looks to my backyard, I saw two beautiful mourning doves flying at unison at my window level, and blackbirds (similar to the male and female in this picture), nibbling our left over figs.
As for my readings, after finishing such a profound and beautiful book as My Name is Asher Lev, and given I am reading Frankenstein, and Pilgrims' Regress, and poetry, I thought I needed something a bit lighter emotionally and not very demanding, so I picked Samuel Eliot Morison's Christopher Columbus, Mariner, recommended at AO as one of the Geography options for year 8. It is very engaging. I wish I had study with any of these living books in my jr. and high school years, even in my college years! The Voyage of the Armada The Spanish Story, by David Howarth, another year 8 book under biographies, is in my pile too, and I am reading it next. As a Spaniard, these books are mandatory. To think we never learned this in any depth in my 12 years of education!
I have mentioned this before, the literature options at Ambleside Online are the best, but, what makes this a complete education, are the books under the other disciplines, such as:
BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
LIFE AND WORK SKILLS