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Raspberry PatchI think I've been picking red raspberries for three weeks now.  I've lost count.  Their numbers are dwindling and the blackberries are starting to turn.  I was surprised last week when I felt something quite warm as I reached for some berries--it was the blackberries being warmed by the sun!  These are the thornless variety and they are ready just a little later than the more common, thorny kind.  It looks like it is going to be a very good year for blackberries.

I've started reading over the Enki materials for grade two and I feel much less nervous this year.  It is new, of course, but the materials are meant to build on routines that were established in kindergarten.  The school day changes a little bit, but much of it is the same.  I'm really appreciating the develpmental information in the homeschool guides.  It helps to explain some of the things we've experienced and that I've remembered from my own second grade year.  Sages and tricksters come at perfect timing.

I feel like I'm still finding a pattern to our days.  We have all the usual stuff in place--meals and rest times, but other things have been harder to grasp.  Nature School is still going well; we're headed out this morning.  But the walks and circle times and craft times are more erratic.  It's just so steamy lately and the children seem pretty content to play on their own.  I suppose that is part of the fun of Summer, right?

In other news, the garden is doing well.  The broccoli is done, the peas need picking, the tomatoes are happy, and the carrots are putting on size.  The watermelon plants are so small that I don't think we'll have any.  The pumpkins are starting to really branch out and we can enjoy fresh cucumbers every day.  We pick them small here, and Roan peels them.  I find the peels in the strangest places!  I guess Summer is in full-swing now.  It's hot and humid and I'm dreaming of Fall.  Right on schedule.

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( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jul. 7th, 2016 06:33 pm (UTC)
It all sounds lovely. I'm glad you're feeling better about second grade.
Jul. 8th, 2016 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Me, too, because this Summer is so full!
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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