I have been less inclined to write as of late. Not only this blog, but also the drive to do the final edit for my poetry book is eluding me. It is all written, I only need to edit and publish, yet that drive is missing.
I imagine this is partly due to grief, and also my big push to get it done was so my mother could see it and hold it in her hands and now she never will. Though I know she is still around me and is proud, the mind is a strange beast and at times plays havoc with your thoughts and your motivation.
I hope to get it published soon, and my father and step-mother seeing it, will be my incentive.
I have been doing all sorts of fun activities and learning with Sophia, which I will be adding here as I find the time… and my gumption. lol
I have been savouring every moment I can with my family and it has been really nice. I am very grateful for them all and love sharing special moments with each of the kids and my husband. Losing so many people so close and having our step-son go through his medical emergency has really made us focus more on quality time with our little family and that is ok.
Sophia and I have started tandem reading, which is so much fun. We are currently reading the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. Sophia is up to book seven and I am just starting book six. We are almost half way through the series.
These books have been adapted into a movie of the same name and I definitely recommend the movie, but the books are even better.
She has also read the Wolves of the Beyond series by this author. Now after reading these, I can’t wait to read those as well.
I really enjoy having discussions with Sophia about the books, characters and story lines.
We have been also working on our Japan Study and that has been great fun. I will do an update on what we have done on those days as well. This, along with her workbooks, some science projects and Khan Academy, she has been doing really well this term.
We are doing some Japan worksheets and more paper art this week. Last week, we did some paper art of the flag and decorative blossoms, made a ningyo doll, wrote some Haiku and the weeks before that, she read several books on Japan, and we had some great discussions and she did an essay.
Next week we will be focusing on art and music, then language and currency the week after. We will revisit Japan in depth in the coming years as she really loves it but for now we are just doing an overview of many areas that interest her.
I had gotten several books from the library, thinking she would read one or maybe two, but she was so fascinated that she read all of them! She has been giving the family facts on Japan for a couple weeks now, which we love as it shows she has retained the information and shares it in the correct context.
This weekend we will take her for sushi of course and then try to make our own if we can find our sushi kit. The last time we made it… it was not so good. Fun to make, but not very yummy.
More updates coming soon, and I apologise for the delay in keeping everyone up to date.