Our Family Poetry Night

One of things I love about having children is how easy it is to make small or even mundane things epic (at least in their book).  In our house, we're always looking for ways to make our time together more special and we love a reason to celebrate.  So when we came to our homeschool poetry unit and my kids weren't exactly thrilled about it, we decided to try to turn it into something a little more exciting by doing a family poetry open mic night.   It ended up being so much fun!  The kids loved it and it got them really excited about poetry.  So much so that I wanted to share about it here.   Even though we're a homeschooling family, this is definitely something that any family could do.  I also think it would be great to do together with several families.

We started out by asking Jude and Indigo to find 10 poems that they liked.  They are drawn to silly poems (Shel Silverstein is their favorite poet) but we did ask that they include a few serious poems as well.


A Mini Southport Dress

I'm always on the lookout for patterns that suit Indigo.  So when I saw Gail's Mini Southport dress on Lila, I knew that this one was a must-make.

I rarely purchase patterns anymore.  I try to use what I have or what has been given to me.  I prefer to spend my money on quality fabrics, so that my dresses can be passed on from one daughter to the next.  But like Gail, I just couldn't get this pattern out of my head.  It's versatile in that it's great for our warm climate, but will also pair well with a cardigan and tights during our cooler months, too.


The Burda Girl's Flower Dress In Double Gauze

While much of the US is experiencing fall-ish weather, here in south central Texas, we're still having highs up into the low 90s (33 degrees C).  Everyone else might be bringing out the sweaters and jackets, but here we can still wear summer dresses.

Not one to pass up an opportunity, I made this summery dress for Iris, the Girl's Flower Dress #138 by Burda, but in a fallish color.  A nice compromise, I think.


A Third Week of School Hanami Dress

Here I am, with Iris' first day of school dress finally finished... except that this is her third week of school.  Why, yes, it is reminiscent of what happened with Iris' first day of school dress last year.

I had good intentions.  But Miss Hazel Theodora decided to not only drop to one nap a day (!) - three months ago(!)- but to make her one and only nap a 15 minute catnap (!).


The Made By Rae Baby Sunsuit in Cotton & Steel Double Gauze

While poking around the Internet in search of the right pattern to sew for Hazel for her first birthday, I stumbled upon a free tutorial by Rae- the baby sunsuit.

This was one Made By Rae pattern I somehow hadn't discovered previously.  I'm so glad I found it, because it's so darn adorable... and also free!


Singapore Math Daily Schedule : Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5

During the last two summers, I spent nearly 20 hours creating a Singapore Math daily schedule for grades 2-5.  The Singapore Math Instructor's Guides lay out a rough weekly schedule, but trying to sort it out each week kind of made my head hurt.  It has been so much easier to do it all in one sitting and then know exactly what needs to be done every day for the entire year.

I thought I would share it here, in case it might help you, too.