I’m hitched up to the Sewing For Kindergarten series today – hosted by Mie of Sewing Like Mad. Which is weird, because I think I’m still in denial that Violet is technically Kindergarten age now. Nevertheless, I’ve officially declared her as a homeschool student in the state of Virginia. Yes, Mie was kind enough to invite homeschool kids into the series too! We can’t participate in school sports here, but at least the blog events are inclusive, right?
I’ll give some details on the tee, hoodie, and pants I made for Violet throughout the post and then round all the info up at the very end.
I thought for my photos I could take you a few places that we frequent as a little homeschool troop of a 1st grader, kindergartener, and pre pre schooler ^_^
Our first stop is the little school table in the front window of our living room. Ever since I trash picked this table from a neighbor (I feel shame every time I lift something off of the curb. Is it just me?) we’ve been convening here for morning lessons. We usually sing a hymn together, read some poetry, recite a Bible verse, do English lessons and copywork, handwriting, history reading and activities like coloring pages, and maybe some story based geography, all while defending ourselves from the terror of the toddler. Lately we’ve been streaming some John Williams movie scores while we work. Harry Potter is especially magical, and I think it counts as classical music. Ha
I’m still working out the rhythm and amount of things we try to do, but we usually work from 8am or so till maybe 10 and then go play and have lunch. Math and science, art lessons, read alouds and whatever else we didn’t get done earlier happens in the afternoon.
Mie gave us a few interview questions to answer in our posts, so I’ll get on with that too.
Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? If not what number child is this? Her sister was kindergarten age last year, and is homeschooled as well. But I didn’t have as organized an idea of what we would be doing that year, and had already done a kindergarten program of sorts with her the previous year. I think I felt pretty free to let it all be natural because she was already able to read fluently at age 5, and could do basic addition. So we pretty much read a lot and played outside a bunch!
Violet has been able to read basic phonetic words for quite a while now, but just recently her reading has taken off. It’s so sweet to find her curled up with a book of poems or nursery rhymes and reading aloud to herself (or her baby brother. gah!) She greedily defends her turn to read poems aloud in the morning.
Our next stop was one of the kids favorite adventure spots nearby. A nature sanctuary on the outskirts of a historic town. Dirty rubber boots are the height of fashion in sewing blogging, I’m sure, but they were kind of necessary because I knew she would be tromping through the mud. Might as well give an accurate depiction of kindergarten life, right?
She’s wearing the Hatteras hoodie I made for her with some buttery french terry. I’ve been wishing for a basic slim fit zip hoodie pattern for a million years, so thank you Adrianna for letting me and Kristin boss your pattern making process around!
Her shirt is the Banyan tee by Figgy’s. I made the girl’s handkerchief version on the top and just drew it down into a regular fitted tee on the bottom. This was actually a last minute, night before photos make. I had made a shirt with a graphic of Toad from Frog and Toad for her a while ago for this post, but her hoodie and pants both came out so oversized because I made them in her age size and not measurements size. The tee was also loose and I wanted something more fitted to balance it all out. So I grabbed this ultra soft eco cotton my sister gifted me and made her this tee.
As far as the graphic, I wanted to encapsulate what I want for her as a school aged kid and learner, and wild explorer kind of summed it up. I want her to be curious and interested in things, to feel freedom, and to grow into her full self. She’s a little wild explorer.
Shes IN LOVE WITH IT. I might have to finally figure out my screen print kit (omg, It’s a point of shame to me that I haven’t used it) so I can make her the same tee in different colors for every day of the week. Haha. She wants to wear this every day till I force it into the laundry. I think it’s one of my favorite makes ever. And totally spur of the moment! Kind of crazy
What kind of school does your child attend? (public, charter, private, homeschool) Homeschool, as you already know ^_^ Ever evolving homeschool. Eclectic and a little bewildering, but fun and free for her when we have plenty of time to run around and go places.
Violet is kind of like the hyperactive, loud version of Dickon in The Secret Garden. She’d gladly spend her entire day interacting with animals, toting them in her pockets, petting them (too roughly and with a lot of enthusiasm. eek), herding them around. Sadly, suburban townhouse life doesn’t really support that lifestyle, though I do dream of the day we can have a real yard with chickens and rabbits and a bee hive (and goats and a turtle and a farm cat….can we guess where she got the animal thing from?).
But she does love carrying around a menagerie of animals with her. Right now her new beloved stuffed owl is settling in after the tragic misplacing of his predecessor, old stuffed owl.
And I tried my hand at designing a wolf doll recently on a weekend whim, because obviously I know a lot about designing dolls (not) and it was a great use of my time (probably not). It didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, but I’m going to give it another shot and make a new design. Despite the fact that it looks like a cross between a deer and a rat to me, Violet adores this thing.
Moss and lichen are two of her favorite nature finds. She’s always trying to get me to carry home huge wads of moss and sticks covered in lichen in my bag.
And she needs time in life to climb.
We found a turtle shell out here while we were exploring. Turtles are awesome.
What isn’t awesome is your two year old ripping a piece of turtle shell off and tossing it in your cup of tea during a day when you’re feeling uncertain and frustrated with your life/homeschool skills, and just when you’re done yelling at your whining kids during an art lesson of all things, you take a sip of tea and wind up with a mouth full of the turtle equivalent of a huge dirty fingernail in your mouth. THE BEST.
Her pants are made with really soft and cozy Kaufman shetland flannel. I used the Figgy’s Banyan pattern because I wanted a sort of modern grandpa pant look and a zip fly with the flannel. Her body is not meant to fit easily into Figgy’s sizing though, which I already knew, and I knew they would end up big on her, which they are. But I think they look kind of awesome on her. She looks like shes from the past. The waist is ginormous on her though and I had to crank the elastic so tight in the back to get them to fit on that they’re super bunchy. I squeezed them out of one yard too, which means about 9$ for a nice pair of pleated warm slacks. Not bad!
Our final stop was to the library, where everybody knows Violet’s name (or at least the children’s librarians). They know to go grab a selection of superhero books for her as soon as they hear her coming. I encouraged my kids to walk up to the desk and ask a librarian to help them find a book about something they were interested in once a long time ago, and ever since that they think it’s a given part of the library visit. They ask for a book every time. Which is at least one trip, if not two every week. We haul loads of books in and out of that place like crazy.
Clover is usually kicked back on a seat in the kids graphic novel section indulging in something she’s just found, and violet is usually toting a couple of super hero books over to lurk by the kids game computers until I find her and tell her to go look at books. Haha.
Time to load a few weird kids graphic novels home and squirrel them away in her bed so mommy doesn’t return them later in the week!
My little wild explorer. A sharp girl who always wants to be doing something meaningful and in motion.
Lover of animals. Even weird looking deer rat wolves her mom makes for her.
Ready for kindergarten!
Hoodie: Hatteras by Hey June
Shirt: Banyan by Figgy’s
Pants: Banyan by Figgy’s
Wolf doll: self drafted
Hoodie: french terry from fabric.com (out of stock)
Be sure to check back at Sewing Like Mad for more sewing for kindergarten fun.