“Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
There are actually several things I want to write about, but I'm lacking inspiration. These are some of the things we've been doing around here lately; more for my remembrance than for anyone else's actual interest.
Robotson and I went to see Hamlet The Musical at the Shakespeare Tavern. We had a really good time. If you can get in to see it before August 8th - do! After the show we stuck around so Robotson could talk to the actors. He was very taken with the actress who played Ophelia, who explained how they did the fake blood. Very cool stuff for a nine year old boy! He was a little embarrassed by the sexual references, but again - nine year old boy. The whole way home he talked about putting on his own play.
We never finished The Deathly Hallows. I think someone told him how it ends because I would have thought the curiosity would be too much to bear, but he already knew several things that were going to happen before they did. I wanted to finish it with him, so it's a little sad. We moved on to reading a few pages of Anger every day. It usually takes us an hour because we talk a lot about it as we go along. I just wish we weren't reading at night; it's exhausting.
I'm reading Mind in the Making, which I heard about on the Podcast Beyond Belief. It's something I want to write about, but I'm having trouble collecting my thoughts.
We are fully unschooling right now. I'm trying to pull together everything I know about facilitating learning, and then focusing on modeling self-directed learning. It's not easy for me, but I'm not ready to write about it yet either. At least not here.
Funny Girl is getting really good at recognizing and writing her letters without help now. She's also been singing much more lately - and she's pretty good!
Dimples turns three next Tuesday. Her vocabulary is exploding again. She's also getting really good at navigating on the computer.
We've been out of our nightly reading routine for the last couple of weeks. We'll pick it back up in August, but I'm making up for it by reading more during the day. Last week we read a really good selection - The Silver Swan. It touched on life and death, as well as moving on. In an especially long winter, two swans are starting a family, but other animals are having a hard time. A mother fox tries to get the mother swan, and though she fails, the swan is mortally wounded. We had some good discussions afterwards about animal nature and death.
Next month, I'm taking Robotson to see Sita Sings the Blues at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
That's all for now.