Today was Miah's (official) last day of 1st grade. She finished her math book yesterday. So today, she read to me and made her Alaska notebook page, the last for her United States Notebook. Then we finished the day off with some practical life/science (otherwise known as gardening.)
This morning, I woke to find that Peter Rabbit had returned. The new little fence didn't stop him. He dug under it and even bent the wires out of the way.
He ate the okra, the peas. . .
. . . and the sunflowers.
You know what's really interesting about this? Our yard is fenced. Our garden is fenced. The rabbit has to work hard to get to our garden. The neighbor's garden sits unfenced in an unfenced yard uneaten! Oh well. We put some brick around the outside. I hope it helps.
Good news is that, apparently, the rabbit doesn't have a taste for bell peppers.
Or tomatoes. It's so exciting to see food growing!
Miah also worked hard filling buckets with compost to put in our deck boxes.
Larkin planted some runner beans to climb up the deck posts. (Larkin insists on wearing a jacket in this warm weather so he doesn't get scratched when he's playing in the bushes.)
Thyme and oregano were planted on the deck.
It was a perfect last day of "school". Of course, the learning won't end just because we've checked off our 180 days required by the government. It will just continue in a more relaxed way. The necessary bookwork and hard work will take a back burner to the kind of learning that inspires and brings joy, the kind that spreads a smile on the face of a little girl with her hands in the dirt.
"But the children ask for bread and we give them a stone; we give information about objects and events which mind does not attempt to digest but casts out bodily (upon an examination paper?). But let information hang upon a principle, be inspired by an idea, and it is taken with avidity and used in making whatsoever in the spiritual nature stands for tissue in the physical. 'Education,' said Lord Haldane, some time ago, 'is a matter of the spirit' . . . " -Charlotte Mason