Isn’t this guy awesome? Look how his little leg pouches are totally full of pollen. (Probably if I had allergies I wouldn’t appreciate this photo quite so much.) I’m still learning how to use my new camera, and I found trying to get this shot in focus was hard, between my trembling hand and the wind moving the sunflower.
I’m starting to think concretely about school for this fall. I think I’ve already bought most of what we need– I have our math (Singapore primary and NEM), our history (Genevieve Foster’s The World of William Penn and The World of George Washington), our writing (Classical Composition from Memoria Press), and a lot of our literature– already on the shelves. I have a list of a few more titles I’d like to find used.
I’ve written out the actual expectations for what “a clean _______” looks like in hopes that it will minimize the number of times we have this conversation:
Me: Why are there dirty socks all over the floor?
Kid: Are there?
Me: Look down.
Kid: [looking down, apparently for the first time] Oh. I didn’t know I was supposed to get the socks off the floor.
Now the expectations clearly state, “Put all dirty socks in the laundry basket.” It may shift to, “But I don’t WANT to touch the dirty socks!” but at least they won’t be able to say they didn’t know they were supposed to clean them up. I still want to revisit when we do our given chores, and I haven’t decided how frequently we’ll rotate. Each child doing their certain chores for a month has worked well for us, so that they have a chance to work toward mastery before we switch… and it eliminates the protests from an interruption in the routine shortening one person’s turn at a dreaded chore, since they all think a month is way too long for ANY chore.
I’d still like to make a sewing area at the top of the stairs– my friend Ruth suggested it when I said I wanted a small space (so it wouldn’t spread everywhere) that wasn’t in my bedroom. We have a small shelf atop some built-in cupboards, and I think it will be just right (or at least better than any other option we’ve tried) for making a sewing nook that is accessible to the kids.
Also, I’d like to find different baskets for our daily work. And I need to make a specific plan for SweetP’s projects, so I’m not scrambling by Thursday wondering what I should set out for her for the day. I’d like to have 2-3 activities planned for her each day in different combinations of content (like specific books to read, or a cooking project) plus skill (like cutting with scissors, or lengthening her attention span). Any predictions on how long my grand preschool plan will last? Two weeks? A month?
What are you changing up for the fall?