summer '17

Although Summer the season is still here for another month, the mindset of Summer begins to wane as we pick up math, grammar, chemistry books and add special events to our calendar. The Summer was active from late May to mid-June with a short breather until Ella began her volleyball league. What was once typically busy days at home is now sprinkled with busyness outside of the home, but it is good and time for more of those opportunities, consistently, for my children. 

What would Summer be without wide expanse of time for reading? I enjoyed previewing a few books for the children and thoroughly enjoyed Eye of the World (The first in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series), The Blue Sword (and it's prequel The Hero and the Crown) by Robin McKinley and Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle. As a family we are reading aloud The Spell of the White Sturgeon  by Jim Kjelgaard and the children and I are reading Over Sea, Under Stone (from Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising Sequence) and it's Roone's first time through so it's enjoyable seeing him discover this world.

Although the seasons change the rhythm of our days I'm so thankful we've established a family and home life that doesn't change so that it really seems the transitions flow naturally to the next exciting opportunity and we are healthy (in particular ample rest, good food and taking time to know each other) to participate and enjoy them. Here's to transitioning to the schooling days with an 8th grader and 6th grader.


Susanna said…
Are all the books you mention in this post in the Sci-Fi genre? O read A Wrinkle in Time but we haven't read anymore by Madeleine L'Engle. We're reading Tumtum and Nutmeg by Emily Bearn as a family; sweet little stories. Alice got a copy of Brambly Hedge stories for her birthday; it's such a sweet treasury!
Rachel said…
I describe the books as fantasy not science fiction. Sci-fi (to me) is more aliens and robots! The Kierkegaard books are always set in nature usually with an animal as a main character. Big Red, Irish Red and Outlaw Red are wonderful family read alouds perfect for your children's ages. LOVE the Tumtum and Nutmeg stories; so glad you are enjoying them. The two stories following Wrinkle in Time are great, which Ella had read. The 3rd had characters from Wales and it's absolutely fascinating how L'Engle weaves them through the story. The 4th and 5th books in the series have some coming of age themes, so I've passed on them for Ella right now.