Slowly Growing. Reflections, Paul’s Pre-K, Weeks 12 & 13

Public school started again this past week so Elizabeth is gone after 7:45am every morning.  Camie, blogger at Camie’s Cozy Corner, commented to me that things are always busy during the summer and slow down a bit in the fall. I chewed that over many days this summer, thinking that she was probably right so I should not pressure myself too much. And they did. Elizabeth went back to school and Paul and I were then able to do a bunch of our homeschooling this week. Now we just have one activity left for this unit and then onto the fall unit. So, thanks for the food for thought, Camie!

We are really moving at a snail’s pace here but I don’t mind so much because I can see changes in Paul.  He loves the math and we added tonight. He is also proficient at recognizing some of the letters that we have worked on so far and seems to be getting letter sounds. As well, he is now familiar with the routine when I pull out the workbook pages. Lately, he has been playing rhyming games on his own, and though he gets a bunch of them wrong, it’s appropriate for his age and I will take it. It’s cute too! Honestly, he was stuck on Cars(TM) for so long, anything that is a reprieve from that – especially in a more scholarly direction – is kind of a relief. I am hoping that school will broaden his horizons a little, if you know what I mean?!

Apart from that, I got a new camera, a dslr – so not just a point and shoot. I had one when I was in the Peace Corps but it took film so I got this new one. The intention of getting it is to be able to produce higher quality photos that I may be able to submit with magazine articles as I try to go freelance. (Because I am going to, I just have to be brave enough…) The kids and I have also talked about starting a YouTube channel and I needed a better camera for that.

All great, I just have to figure out how the thing works now. I don’t think I every really had the workings of the film camera down and as a result my photos were often washed out. For a long time I thought it was how they were developing them in Honduras, but now I’m not so sure that it wasn’t the photographer (aka: me).

My mom took the kids for a bit today so I went out to play with the new camera. Here’s some of what I ended up with:

Invasive purple loosestrife was once planted as an ornamental but now is taking over the countryside. It is pretty though.

The seeds of Queen Anne’s lace, another exotic. Though it is everywhere I’m not sure as it is heralded with invasive species status like the purple loosestrife.

Not too bad, huh?  You should see the other 100 pictures I took. Well, I still have a ways to go but I’ll get there.

Share your thoughts: In what ways are you slowly growing in your homeschool?


3 thoughts on “Slowly Growing. Reflections, Paul’s Pre-K, Weeks 12 & 13

  1. Thanks for the mention.Your photos look amazing! I love my DSLR camera. I’m still learning as well. Isn’t photography fun? You’re doing an amazing job homeschooling your son. You rock as a mama! Can’t wait to hear of your freelancing success! Just believe in yourself. I know you can do it! 🙌🏻

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