Saturday, April 19, 2008
My children decided they wanted to improve and fill our old sandbox. It's a very large sandbox, but had fallen into disrepair. It was filled with junk toys, broken things, and new grass growing. We cleaned it out, raked out the grass, and prepared it for it's new sand.
The children and I bought sand, and all by themselves loaded almost two thousand pounds of sand into our van. I was so impressed with how strong they were!
They worked hard opening and spreading the sand.
Even at the ages of 4 and 6, Maverick and Coyote had a hand in all of it. Coyote though, provided mostly emotional support. :)
The finished sandbox. It feels so good on the toes!
I remember when I was in school, we were given (given, not chose) plenty of projects to do and a lot of them required team work. Team work being the important factor here. We were to learn how to work together on something, regardless of whether we thought it was a good idea or whether we actually desired to do it. What I remember from that is that we worked hard, took orders, finished the job only to never return to the place again to enjoy it. Or if we did, we had to wait our turn to the point that most of us lost interest. I find my mind wandering back to my own school experiences when I think about my kids. It's interesting - because for me school WAS my life as a child. There was very little to think about outside of school as it was so overwhelmingly important in my life. For my children, they are not in school, and it is just life that is important.
I love that these kids are creating projects for themselves! Meaningful projects they can choose to work on together and see through to the end. They can spend all day on it or very little time, but the choice is theirs...and so are the benefits.
Friday, April 18, 2008
that's right. Unschooling = daffodils and goofing off. Learning happens....there's nothing we can do to stop it.
It's warm now and we're all so out of our element still. The breeze is so fresh and beautiful. I love this time of year before it gets hot. (and that my friends, would be anything over 70 degrees :)
Trying to identify some tiny bones found right by the daffodils. Probably racoon.
A storm coming in. The clouds are beautiful and the energy is so powerful.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I felt so inspired by the sun this weekend that I created this sunlit piece. I am normally not a sun woman...I am so pale and the summer sun is very hard on me. The early soft Spring sun however, is beautiful and light. I wanted to create that light through my stones and honor the awakening energies of Spring. This piece is a combination of some amazing yellow stones and glittering Swarovski. (and some Sapphires because, well, who doesn't want Sapphires? :)
Child of the Sun
a golden sun child piece for fertility, birth, celebrations of motherhood, and for uplifting joy and radiant light...
Honey Jasper, Citrine, Sapphire, Amber, Yellow Serpentine, Golden Tourmaline, Lime Jade, Lemon Quartz, Swarovski Crystals, hand made Balinese sterling silver, Ethiopian Nickel Silver Alloy, & sterling silver Russell Wray sun child pendant! Sterling 'miracles' talisman at clasp. Adjustable length. $285.00