I’m readying activities that the kids can do while I read aloud this year. I haven’t set up something like this since Tias was small, but they have often found things to busy their hands and free their ears – knitting, colouring, drawing, etc. This year, as we try Sonlight for the first time, our reading time will increase rather a lot and it seems prudent to give them something to choose from. It’s the ‘spoonful of sugar’ approach.
We’ll be doing Intro to American History (Core 3), to which I am adding at least 4 units on Canadian history. I’ll use Ivyjoy’s colouring page search engine to have a few colouring pages on hand that match our topics. And playdough will be made this weekend for the first time in several years. Tias is discovering a real pleasure in tactile expressions of that nature. He seems to set his own timelines for all these things that books set out with prim and steady Ages and Stages.
Sandra will have access to those, of course, but we’ve also talked about embroidering a sampler. It’s such a Sandra project, and it ties into the historical period so well I could squeee. (Alright, maybe I have already squeeed.) Samplers are flexible things, but we want to have a hint of authenticity in terms of history.
Some of the resources we’re looking at:
- Simple and sweet purples
- Exuberant and textural
- Our favourite and the one we’ll use to start her off
- Antique for inspiration
- Modern bee blackwork
- Another inspirational sampler
- Sandra’s favourite and she will probably design something like this on the fly for her second attempt, assuming she goes on with this.
Two books we have that we’ll consult often:
As I flip through the books and think about how much embroidery is like knitting in its quiet satisfaction, I wish more and more for a mama to read aloud to me! I’m particularly drawn to the blackwork I see. The designs that employ bold borders outlining flowers or animals and then fill in the spaces with geometric patterning are so striking.
Matthias also likes embroidering and may pick up a project of embroidered sushi he has on the go, or perhaps he’ll be inspired by another of the Sublime Stitching patterns we have. Handmade gifts, after all, do need to be thought of even though snow isn’t fluttering in the air.