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More Outschool for Homeschoolers: Recorder Class- 2nd Week

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Beginning #recorder is part of the Oak Meadow 1st grade homeschool curriculum. I, however, have zero patience teaching it, even though I have a rudimentary knowledge and even love of playing it since childhood.

In the mornings, my half century old brain cells can’t process the noise without coffee- so thank goodness for Outschool dot com and Miss Debbie’s class! (NO, I don’t represent Outschool… I just am obsessed with it. As a family that cannot afford another bout of #covid, this site has saved our sanity and helped Maisie continue supplementing her education in ways I never could have done alone- so y’all WILL be seeing tons more posts about our classes, sorry)

This is Maisie’s second week with her recorder class and we love it (especially ME. OMG. ESPECIALLY ME).

The teacher is so good with the littles and throws in loads music reading, cheer, history, and blurbs even the OM curriculum doesn’t cover.

I will be adding her link in the comments below and also making a bigger post about this class in my blog misssmaisieandme.com @oakmeadowschool #oakmeadow #oakmeadowcurriculum @earthschooling #earthschooling #earthschooling1stgrade #earthschoolingcurriculum #waldorf1stgrade #homeschooling #homeschool1stgrade #waldorfhomeschool #steinerhomeschool @virtuallearning #1stgrade #learnthroughplay #learningathome #homeschoolingbyheart #raisingthefuture #letthembelittle #homeschoollife #magicofchildhood #simplychildren #simplychildhood #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #eclectichomeschoolers #outschool @outschool #remotelearning #covid19 #covid19survivor

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Yeah, I am obsessed with outschool.com and no, I am not a rep (but, gosh, I should be at this point. I’m in love with it!)

Since we’re stuck in the house all day and I am not willing to risk our health again by taking classes in real time. Outschool and Zoom classes really help fill in gaps in her education- and also give her opportunities to take classes that would normally not be available to us locally, like hula dance class and a live native French immersion class (which she also takes- more about those in other posts).

We have access to these amazing teachers from all over the world, just at our fingertips!

I adore Oak Meadow, but I concede defeat in some of the subjects, like finger knitting and recorder. Outschool really helps me (and gives me short breaks to do my work, use the toilet, eat food, maybe comb my hair, hide in the closet pretending real life is around the corner).

Today, she learned about cleaning the recorder, how to recognize notes, some music history, and the song “Hot Cross Buns”. They are working on the B/A/G notes right now-

Miss Debbie’s class link on Outschool is HERE.

If you try out her class or have other classes to recommend to us, please leave a comment below!

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Current Mood: “They’re Coming To Take Me Away- Haha!” and Solar Eclipses and Surgery and Mr Roboto…

I am packing now for the hotel. Tomorrow is surgery. I’m dragging my feet.

I am scared to death.

Tomorrow will be a solar eclipse in Cancer, incidentally, my 12th house.

Yikes.

Also, an ode to the Da Vinci robot that will be eviscerating me:

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Summer Playlist- June 20th Happy Birthday to Summer!

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Today is the day before the summer solstice, the last day for spring cleaning.

The day before the longest day of the year… Happy Birthday to Summer and everything else wonderful!

I almost always listen to the Beatles and other sundry oldies, like the Kinks and Elis Regina on this day, for some odd reason.

Here’s my playlist this year:

https://www.vidio.com/watch/68518-the-beatles-here-comes-the-sun-lyrics?channel_id=220401

https://www.vidio.com/watch/68506-the-beatles-i-want-you-she-s-so-heavy-lyrics?channel_id=220401

https://www.vidio.com/watch/68622-the-beatles-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-lyrics?channel_id=220401

https://www.vidio.com/watch/68625-the-beatles-this-boy-lyrics?channel_id=220401


https://www.vidio.com/watch/68629-the-beatles-something-lyrics?channel_id=220401

https://www.vidio.com/watch/68635-the-beatles-strawberry-fields-forever-lyrics?channel_id=220401


 

 

 

 

 

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Part 7 of the Dumpster Diaries: Trying to Not Get Sidetracked- Doing other stuff and letting folks dumpster dive…

My friend came by today and brought some clothes that may fit C, some did- some didn’t. When she saw the stuff (clothes, shoes, etc) I had dropped into the dumpster, she went diving. Her teen son and daughter could fit them and I was glad for the divers. It KILLS me to throw things out and I have no time to have a rummage. I welcome any and all dumpster divers.

she'll kill me, but this is a pretty anonymous pic

she’ll kill me, but this is a pretty anonymous pic- my friend removing a few bags from the dumpster to take home

Yesterday we took the entire day off. We ALL needed the break. I planned to do laundry today and still have yet to get to it- have been feeling very sidetracked and tired. R brought home some bluing, which I desperately needed for my yellowed white linens.

The temps are about 93F (33C) today and a thunderstorm is going to be blowing in soon. That’s probably why we are all so lethargic. R is at work today and the other males have been not feeling well.

My parents were here on their daily visit, which is so good for Maisie and the boys. We fed them some Persian kebab with basmati rice that I made for lunch… and copious cups of coffee.

this kid can almost reach the keyboard

this kid can almost reach the keyboard

My oldest son is a pianist, so we get a lot of live music around here now. Maisie is OBSESSED with the keyboard/piano/music and always crawls after S when he is playing.

S picking Maisie up to let her play too

S picking Maisie up to let her play too

We still have the new sleeper sofa on the front porch- and with the storm almost a certainty- we raised it up on some wood and covered it with a tarp. I also tidied up out there and swept/threw away an entire TRASH bag of garbage.

HOW THE HELL does this stuff accumulate?! I clean out there nearly every day!

my 'helper' on the porch

my ‘helper’ on the porch

sofa ready for the rainy weather

sofa ready for the rainy weather

I also promised my youngest son cookie making, so we’re making peanut butter cookies tonight. He found an excellent recipe with great reviews.

I am having extreme guilt over not being more gung ho about this right now. I am starting to feel really burnt out, but there is no way I am going to stop this project. I just need a break.

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Fantastic Amy Winehouse Acoustic Video

Amy-Winehouse-CelebFinancialWealth_ComIt’s such a damned shame that she is gone… 4 years this week. What a phenomenal talent she was!

If you can’t see the video in the viewer, click directly on my blog post to listen

I was introduced to her music by my dearly departed BFF, Robert Morales, who deserves a mention, too. He was a great writer, confidante, music-sharer, telephone conversationalist, book pusher, you name it.

Whenever I think of Amy Winehouse, I think of him, too.

Two incredibly talented people gone far too soon…