I know this post is a little mis-titled. After all, it’s the first of March. Well, I don’t know about you, but I am ready for an end to winter. Even though this winter has been very mild, we got about 5 inches of snow in the past two days, and it has been a little depressing. This time of year always seems to be a little harder — we get a little burnt out and anxious to be finished with school and do something else fun. It’s a great time to do unschool. We like to take a break from some of our regular work and take a whole day to do something we enjoy.
Eden and I worked on making a doll together. This one was a more complicated old pattern that my mom had made for me when I was little. I embroidered the face on this doll, and Eden worked on getting the stuffing and hair just right. We enjoyed working together on this project, and will take another day to make baby clothes for it soon.
Max and Lulu worked together on torn paper collages. Max made a moose.
Doing art together is really great for Lulu, because she gets to be in charge and have the ideas, and she and Max work together really well.
Another project they have been working on together is cartooning. I followed a pinterest board link to this page with traceable cartoon parts. My only stipulation was that they had to create stories to go with each of the characters they drew. Lulu made a whole family of “Fitzergeralds” with a story to go with each one.
We have also been spending lots of extra time reading. I found more books by Gerald Durrell, and Max has devoured Birds, Beasts and Relatives. Eden has read To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, 1984 and The Three Musketeers in the past month — I know, not very educational. It’s funny to me that her optional reading includes many of the assigned classics for kids her age. Brett spends much of his time reading on various tech blogs, and began one of his own.
One more thing I have done to try and kick off the blahs — I made a menu for the entire month of March, and included many recipes I had printed out or saved but have not tried yet. Brett, Eden and I are each trying a new recipe each this month. Hopefully, we can spring into spring soon.
What do you do to combat burnout and boredom this time of year? Leave me a comment.