Andrew at his presentation at the home school meeting

Today was Andrew’s first meeting with the homeschooling group and he had to show and talk about something. He obviously choose surfing! He did a beautiful presentation, organized by himself with 6 main points! What an awesome kid! Well I know I am bias ’cause he is our boy but I loved watching him! I felt very proud and very lucky to be there and be able to watch him talking in front of his school group. He saw dad give a presentation a month ago and he clearly followed his beautiful example.

Oggi Andrew ha fatto una presentazione sul “surfing” al suo gruppo di studenti che fanno homeschooling (scuola in casa). Era il suo primo incontro e prima esperienza in una ‘classe’ ed ha fatto una presentazione molto bella; é stato bravissimo. La sua presentazione era organizzata da lui stesso con 6 punti principali! É stato veramente bello vederlo parlare con disinvoltura davanti a tutti.

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I 3 tesori della mia vita!

Always exploring.  Here they are watching a large bird taking flight.  Andrew  has developed a great passion for births and loves to share his knoweldge.

Andrew has been learning a lot about birds.  We have several books from the library and we have started to watch a few documentaries by David Attenborough.  We feel very fortunate to have found this guy!  His are the only documentaries Andrew (and Massimo sometimes) would watch, because the Disney ones, or others documentaries, feel too intense and they create to much suspence.  The children do not watch television and they have wathed only one cartoon so far, and on very few occasions: “Kipper the dog”. They are thus very sensitive to any stimuli created by anything they may see on a screen.  Andrew is very grounded on what he would watch and there were a few cartoons that had passed my scritining that Andrew would still choose not to watch; and he was right because to see things by his point of view, they were intesnse (it is difficult something to learn to discern but I am always very impressed by the confidence and groundness of Andrew).  So we are very careful in choosing what to show our kids in the few occasion we show them something; but documentaries are something we thought to start and were very glad to find Allenborough; Andrew is learning a great deal from him, listening and remembering almost everything (with an attention to details that surprises me – hey I am the mom, I can talk this well about my kids).

And the other two… they just follow their leader and are full of confidence and something clever to say or some important question to ask.

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Exploring and enjoying beautiful Iowa, in the woods.

At the magic forest.
This is the magic forest near Andrew’s Waldorf preschool that he graduated from not long ago.  He knows it well and knows where the best lianas are, and there are lots of them, to try beautiful flights, even across a little creek.  Today we built with sticks, leaves, berries.  We stopped for a break in a nice clearing with sits, probably used by the schoolchidren; here we hanged our coats and backbacks to the branches of the trees and the place felt like a home.  To us the woods have such a important value in our daily routine, they seem to call us, it is our place of freedom and joy. That is why almost every day we venture in the woods, one here one there, and we discover, we learn, we touch and feel, we smell and listen, we watch and sing, we play.  Being here it reminds me of the joys of my childwood.  Below are some pictures of one moment in our day, by the lake.  The water too always seem to be calling us.  Here they explored, send out a few boats, obeserved them, got excited, watched birds and asked Andrew for their names because he knows them, and gathered more material for building.  Being a mother is sensational, it is the best think I have ever done and sharing these moments with my adorable ones fills my heart with infinite love.

Nella foresta magica. Questa è la foresta vicino alla scuola materna Waldorf che frequentava Andrew.  Lui la conosce bene e soprattutto conosce dove ci sono le migliori liane per fare dei bellissimi voli, anche per attraversare un piccolo ruscello.  Abbiamo scoperto un sacco di cose, ranocchi, animaletti, insetti, qualche impronta.  Abbiamo costruito con legnetti, foglie, bacche.  Abbiamo fatto una sosta ed usato i rami degli alberi come attaccapanni per appendere giacche e zaini, così che quasi quel luogo dove ci siamo fermati a fare la nostra merenda è diventato casa.  Il momento era ottimo anche per raccontare una favola (da me inventata, perché sono le loro preferite).  Il bosco per noi ha tutto un suo valore particolare, è come un richiamo, semplicemente vogliamo essere qui. E quasi tutti i giorni ci avventuriamo in un bosco o in un altro, a scoprire, a conoscere, a toccare, a sentire, ad annusare, ad ascoltare, ad osservare, a cantare, a giocare.  Mi fa ricordare le gioie di quando ero bambina. Ecco alcune foto di uno dei momenti della nostra giornata, vicino al lago.  Ecco, l’acqua ha un alro richiamo, fortissimo.  Qui hanno esplorato, hanno lanciato barchette, le hanno osservate, hanno osservato diversi uccelli di cui Andrew conosce i nomi (conoscere gli uccelli è una sua passione del momento) e raccolto materiali per continuare a costruire. Fare la mamma è una delle cose più belle che abbia mai fatto e condividere questi momenti con i miei cuccioli mi riempie il cuore di una gioia infinita.

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