Thursday, September 30, 2010
Week 4 In Review
Matty's love for history and his enjoyment of making lapbooks has really culminated in a good effort from him this week. I am discovering that as long as we are talking history, he will read, write and stay on task and not really think he's doing school. (mwahahaha!) Science, however, is another story. Because the weight of our interest tips the scales in favor of history, it's just, well...tough...to get around to science...for both of us. There's always tomorrow, right? And both kids are still getting something of science from CC's memory work and weekly experiments. I'm planning to pick up Astronomy here in the next few weeks.
I have to say I loved this week. It was low-key...the days are getting shorter and we all seem to want to stay snuggled down in bed a little later. It's a natural thing...I don't think I'm going to fight it. I want my kids to be rested as well as educated, not dragging through life feeling like they are being rushed from one thing to the next. Today, for instance, they got up at about 7:30 and saw that it was pouring rain out, so they got dressed, did their chores and at 8:15 were outside riding their scooters, getting soaked. Weirdos. Happy weirdos. We started school around 9:15. Somewhere in there they dried off, but they took care of that themselves. I was still drinking my coffee, so I wouldn't have noticed if they were dripping on the oriental rug.
Otherwise we did what needed to get done and then some. I didn't get enough cooking done, but oh well...we didn't starve. God made deli meat for a reason, right? It was the first week of the school year in which I had the luxury of doing the fun stuff, and in that learned that the essential stuff (like writing and spelling) has a miraculous way of flowing from that. When a 9-year-old writes 9 small summaries of the lives of the great kings of the middle ages, and hardly notices because he's so interested in what he's doing, I can't help but think that "school" is happening. I'll take it. Sooner or later the 5-year-old will get the "click" for reading...I'm not going to worry, but I will do a happy dance when it happens.