Monday, January 15, 2018

In Honor Of Dr. King

Today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the girls each chose one of his quotes to put in their main lesson books. We also listened to part of his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, as well as watched part of  David Letterman's new Netflix show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction". If you have not seen it I highly recommend it. The part I showed the girls focused on Congressman John Lewis and the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.Getting to see footage from that day in Selma Alabama helped them to have a better understanding of what was going on in our country at that time. We talked about how hard people worked to bring about change and equal rights, and noticed how now, in 2017/2018, it seems that many steps have been taken backward and those battles are, sadly, being fought once again. Had we been alive when Dr. King was there's no doubt we would have been marching hand-in-hand and lending our voices and support during the Civil Rights Era. We speak out now, and march now, because we truly believe what Dr. King said: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter". There's still much work to be done, friends, and we hope one day that we won't need to speak up or march or protest anymore but until then we shall. xo

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

At Their Winter Home

And so begin our weekly trips to the mountain! The mild temps of today were too good to pass up so we put lessons aside for the day and hit the mountain after breakfast. It was not nearly as crowded as I was expecting it to be, and the girls were able to get in about six runs before we needed to head home. When they returned after their final run of the day Grace told me that a gentleman who they passed after they got off the chair-lift said to them, "Let me guess...homeschoolers?!" The girls were super surprised that he guessed correctly! Such a nice change from the usual question of "What? No school today?!"  that we get all too often. xo

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thank You, Mother Nature!

So thankful that the bitter cold temps have finally left and that they can be outside again! These two sweet souls, who have never been stir crazy before, were really struggling with not being able to play outside these last couple of weeks. Thankfully Mother Nature gifted us with two glorious winter days so far this week! They got to spend the entire day outside at Nature School yesterday (with what might have been the most perfect winter weather on a Nature School day yet!) and a good chunk of time outside today after lessons were done. Tomorrow, we're putting lessons aside for the day and heading to Wachusett for even more time spent outside, and their first runs of this ski season, too! xo

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Holiday Charity Show Day

 Grace volunteered to make two sets of reindeer antlers for her ballet class's performance in the holiday charity show today. She's put the finishing touches on them this morning! 
 Finished! Craft foam for the win (thanks for the recommendation, Miss Nicole)! 
 This is what happens when you have to get tights out of the Rac N Roll. Our resident dance kitty instantly assumed the position! 
Thank goodness for lint rollers. Black clothes with a white cat simply do not mix! 
 Our tiny dancers ready for yet another holiday charity show! 
 Emma's musical theater class.
 Emma's jazz class. 
 Grace's ballet class. 
Grace's lyrical class. 

And so another holiday charity show comes to a close. Everyone danced beautifully and more money was raised for Andrew's Helpful Hands and more food collected to donate to the Hudson Food Pantry! Let the countdown to comp season and the recital begin! xo

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Work Of Christmas Begins

When the carols have been stilled,
When the star topped tree is taken down,
When family and friends have gone home,
When we are back to our schedules,

The work of Christmas begins!

To welcome the refugee,
To heal a broken planet,
To feed the hungry,
To build bridges of trust,
Not walls of fear,
To share our gifts,
To seek justice and peace for all people,
To bring Christ's light to the world.
-Michael Dougherty

Today we celebrated the arrival of the three kings and the end of Christmas. Two of our three trees are down (the living room one we're waiting to take down until it warms up at least to zero as it won't be so brutal to get it outside) and we are ready to fully return to our regularly scheduled programming. Morning lessons will begin again on Monday, and we'll continue to live the work of Christmas too (as we always do)! Happy Epiphany to all who celebrate! xo

Friday, January 5, 2018

{This Moment} Watching The Birds

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same leave a link to your moment in the comments section below! Wishing each of you a lovely first weekend of 2018! Stay warm! xo