What a beautiful week it's been after the weekend rain freshened everything.
See the rainbow?
But, besides taking artsy pictures of weather-related and landscape scenes, we've done some of our homeschooling, too, since we do carry on throughout the summer as able.
In an effort to change things up and save a little money, I had not ordered the notebooking pages to go with our Truthquest History studies at the beginning of the school year. As time went on and we weren't doing the projects that I had envisioned, or at least not continuing with them, I regreted not having gotten the notebooking stuff.
But, better late than never...
So, I ordered the downloads and printed up what I thought we'd use and got them all nicely bound at Staples. We started at the place where we're studying right now (just finished with Cotton Mather) and will use the previous pages as review while we continue to move forward.
Right now we're in a literature mode with finishing reading Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and now starting Gulliver's Travels, so we have lots of time for writing the review pages.
Several years ago I started this project with the idea of helping my kids learn the months of the year as well as the seasons. (One of the joys of homeschooling - you get to combine interests.)
It's a wall-hanging with buttons at the bottom on which to hang each month's block as the months change. The season blocks are colored with crayon and then ironed to set. The April block features embroidery and hand-quilting of an umbrella (April showers), large raindrops, and a flower quilted in aqua quilting thread.
And...(wait for it) I hoped to do each month-block different, learning new techniques as I went along so that I would have a small project on which to practice. Or at least showcasing different fiber arts.
So, this is what I have done so far:
The May block is a machine-felted piece of wool sweater with a flower my daughter had needle-felted and letters cut from another machine-felted sweater. The March block was an orphan block that needed lovin' with a large pearl button sewn in the middle.
January's block is embroidery as is February, but the colors are different. :)
So, my goal for April is three-fold:
1. Finish the January block - batting, binding, button-holes
2. Finish the April block - binding, button-holes
3. Find a good place to hang the whole shebang.
I also hope to spend some time thinking through and planning the rest of the months.