Brooklyn's last day of kindergarten
Yesterday was the last day of school. I guess that makes us officially homeschoolers now. Hmm, I don’t feel any different. We are starting to fall into our days at home summer routine (I’m pretty sure at least half the summer is days away from home!). So it’ll be nice to be able to settle the kids into ‘normal’ when we get back from trips. Mornings we see the sun we’ll hunt down a playground (there are at least 4 in walking distance) or play in the yard, and mornings without the sun we can run errands or visit friends and family. Then we have lunch, read for 30mins and everyone has quiet time for an hour. Today Brooklyn actually fell asleep! After naps is more playtime, hopefully outside and then after dinner they are allowed to use their hour of screen time. And no, I don’t follow that hour rule myself. One advantage to being a grown up 🙂
Our upcoming week starts with Aaron out of town for a 4-day photography thing. (thing= conference, class, meetup, something that takes him away from home) And since I feel left out we will be having a bring your bike playdate/pizza party/game & movie night here. Yep, definitely feeling like an adult. Tuesday my aunt and uncle who I haven’t seen in about 6yrs fly in! Yay! Dinner with them, and if I’m lucky Aaron will let me sneak out to the wine tasting. Wednesday is packing day and Thursday we go to the beach for a week! I’m so excited. I really think I’d be okay living at the beach for the entire summer. Even though the ocean here is approximately 2 degrees above freezing.
As some of you already know we also have a not so pleasant experience coming up next week as well. A couple days ago my great-aunt Ellen passed away at the age of 94. Somehow I really always thought she’d make it to 100. She was the type of lady who was always nicely dressed and perfectly mannered. She wrote thank you notes and told us we were beautiful and said my dogs were well behaved even when they tried to climb on her lap (guessing she really wasn’t a dog person even though she never said so). Ellen was the last person in my family of my grandparents generation that I knew well, so even though she was tiny and frail somehow as long as she was around I was still a little kid to someone.
Ellen (Dec '07)
We received our letter from HCA earlier this week that Brooklyn got in to all her requested classes! I was worried about the YMCA one. Phew, that’s one less thing to worry about. Now on to getting the piano moved over here, putting in a few final supply orders and getting ready to enjoy summer. Though somehow I get the feeling that once school is out we’re going to get a whole lot busier. In addition to family vacations, camping with friends, and girl scout day camp I’m going to have to start sorting out lesson plans, making my library lists and oh yeah, still figuring out how to organize everything.
Workboxes IKEA style
Or something. The milk crate of books, cardboard box of math manipulatives and random pile of other stuff on top of the dog crate just isn’t going to cut it for finding what I want when I want it. And I’m pretty much at a loss of what to do here. It’s not like there’s much extra space in that room to be adding in more storage. I’ve run across a couple of ideas other people have done, but nothing is jumping out and saying ‘this is the right thing’. First would be the workbox solution. Each drawer or box contains one subject, to be updated daily with all the necessary supplies and books and allows the child to work independently where possible. And to easily see what still needs to be completed for the day. Or there’s the traditional bookshelves approach. Easy to implement, hard to maintain (have you seen our play room floor?!). And then there’s the pile on the table method… Crate of books plus rubbermaid of supplies… Actually using my desk? Yeah. A little help here? What do you think I should do?
Maybe not quite as high on the list as reading, but still something that will come in quite handy and add to a person’s independence.
Lars' first bike ride
Yep, Lars rode a bike today! And he’s one step ahead of Brooklyn there. I had a feeling he’s been able to for awhile. He’s been really good on his Strider glider for a couple years now. (yes, he’s only 3) We just didn’t actually have a training-wheel free bike til I put one back together this morning. The story behind the disassembled bike is that after seeing how great the glider was for Lars, and how troublesome the training wheels were for Brooklyn I tore apart her regular bike (with the help of a good friend and the internet) to create a glider for her. Let me tell you- gliders are fun! I took it out for a spin to make sure everything still held together of course. But Brooklyn only tiptoed around on it and still fought every time I asked her to give it a try, despite her little brother riding circles around her. So since I think summer may be around the corner I put the pedals back in to give it another try and sent Lars on a test run. The bike is still a bit big for him (16″) so I helped him get started, but after that he was down the driveway and around the cul-de-sac like he’d been doing it forever. Still doesn’t quite get the brakes, but we’re working on that, and he has other methods of stopping. It was amazing to see him just go like a big kid! After we came in I immediately began searching for a more appropriate bike for him, and we’re going out after dinner to check the first one out. Yay for Craigslist, lol. Probably we’ll put the trainers back on Brooklyn’s bike just because I think riding with them is better than nothing at all. I just wish I’d known about gliders from the beginning.
Lars' first day on a pedal bike (Brooklyn's)
Update: Got Lars the new bike though I’m not terribly impressed with it. However it was worth the $20 since Brooklyn wanted to ride it and is now riding big kid style 🙂