I've been streamlining our home for the last few weeks and it's exhausting. Sorting papers, assessing whether any given item is in the right place for maximum space efficiency and whether we really need it at all. I wake up every morning to a home that's usually a bit messier than the day before. But this week, I saw some improvement. I got the living room pretty much in order. I moved the piano to the wall adjacent to our bright front window (a tip from A Charlotte Mason Companion). My daughter doesn't ever resist practicing, but I feel having the piano in a spot where it's bright enough to read the sheet music might improve her proficiency.
My next finished project is a ballet bag. This is our fifth year in ballet but my daughter has never had a proper ballet bag. We just sort of wing it. But then I found this fabric:
It took awhile to find. Etsy is your best bet (search Trefle + ballet). I paired it with a polka dot print found at Superbuzzy and now she is all set.
Except for hair pins and tights and shoes and leotards....
It was a busy ballet year last year. In addition to regular practices and the spring performance, she had a role in two separate ballets for a total of 15 performances and a whole lot of rehearsals. What made all the driving bearable was a collection of great audio books. Every practice seemed to take place at the worst time of day for attitudes and traffic, so it was particularly helpful to refocus on a beautiful story. This year, we've added another Naxos title (love these), Grimm's Fairy Tales and I took Theresa's suggested and ordered A Little History of the World. I think it will be a good introduction for my son and a good review for my daughter.
For today, I hope to create a good filing system and finish gathering our September picture books.
My pajama clad helper is eager to get started. My daughter wanted to start August 1st, but I don't think that's going to happen. I'm pushing things back to the fifth and even that will take a lot of effort as half my books haven't arrived yet and some have yet to be ordered.