September 2016 in Review
This was a busy month for the Indahl crew!
In September, we have been initiated into the *club* that is the Nutcracker family. I have three dancers and two of them were old enough to audition for this years production. Aidan will be playing Fritz (a surprise to be sure!) and Kylee will be a mouse. Between regular classes and rehearsal we are at the studio five days/week. Everyone has been enjoying it, however, and I've been working on lots of knitting projects. Maybe some Christmas projects will even be finished this year? Maybe.
September is always a big food month. We pulled our tomato plants last weekend but our cold crops are still going strong. We harvested a dozen large pumpkins, so far, with more large ones and many mini pumpkins still in the garden. It was a wet month and digging carrots involved quite a few that had already started rotting from the wet ground. I'm praying our sweet potatoes and purple potatoes didn't suffer the same fate. We planted those a bit late and they need all the time they can get in the ground still.
Tomas and food continue to be a bit of an issue. I was hoping for a real update this month, but I'll just stay with the fact that he has two big appointments next week that might shed some light. Then I promise. For real. The good news is that he loves to eat. The bad news is that most food still makes him sick.
The other big excitement this month was Lucie's *little* head wound. I can't even believe how amazing it looks now only a few weeks later. It's going to be close to invisible I think by this time next month.
School continues along. We started a new rotation at the beginning of the month and are working hard on US Geography and Birds as our primary areas of study outside language, math, and religion (all of which we do daily). Logan and Lucie are both picking up letters quickly now and I'm wondering if I might have two new readers by the end of the school year. I'm not planning on posting weekly homeschool updates this year, but if you are interested in keeping up with what we are doing in realtime, Instagram is the place to be.
Despite the busyness of the fall, we took time for a few fun family events. Early in the month, we woke up at 3:00 in the morning to watch St. Theresa of Calcutta's canonization Mass live. We even had a blue and white snack before one by one the kids drifted back to sleep. My dad celebrated his 60th year this month so we made a quick one-day drive to the Twin Cities to share brunch with my mom and dad. Then at the end of the month, the Our Lady of Fatima Peace Tour came to our favorite place (the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe if you haven't been reading this blog long enough to know that) and we went up at the end of a busy day for a candlelight procession and rosary.
In blogging news and otherwise, it has been an interesting month! Over the summer, I committed to stepping up my level of effort to be a consistent blogger. The results have been fun and productive, but as school started up I was struggling to find a way to balance it all. I have always resisted becoming a niche blog that was only Montessori, but in the last month I have realized that is a change I need to make for my own sanity. There is a point of putting so much of yourself out there that it starts to feel like you threw up all over the internet. Especially now that I am writing for other blogs more regularly it just gets to be a lot to manage. Since the instructional design facet of my TPT store is my favorite thing to do (and does not tend to produce stress in my life) I decided I would focus back in on homeschool and support that .
This month I began by further streamlining and focusing in on our Montessori approach by starting a homeschool newsletter designed to help any homeschooling family implement a few Montessori nuggets of their own. I rarely get emails from readers about infant loss or faith or other topics, but I get somewhat regular contacts about Montessori at home. People seem to have a curiosity and interest in doing more hands-on learning, but they don't know where to start. The newsletter will also contain periodic (at least monthly) free resources that are otherwise only available for purchase in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. **Sign up in the sidebar or purple pop up box on any page of the blog.**
New on the blog this month are also an in-depth look at Miniature Environments and Poetry Study. The Preschool Quick Start Guide is also now live, so be sure to check that out if you haven't yet! Over on Peanut Butter & Grace, 4 Reasons to Run for a Cause and Making Personal Prayer Boxes with your kids. On the Mighty, I contributed a piece on our NICU reunion experience last month.
New to Teachers Pay Teachers this month
Montessori Games to Play for Preschool and Kindergarten eBook
Tables A, B, & C for Multiplication & Factorization
Montessori Decanomial for Multiplication Mastery