Well, that was quite the hiatus. I have no reason to give for it except that I just wasn’t feeling like blogging. Oh well. But now its summer, and I am planning all sorts of things for my young ladies and for my garden and yard and I feel like sharing, including new summer art playdates starting next week. First off, I am committing myself to a summer schedule of sorts by sharing it with you. I know you’ll all keep me on track.
Here is our schedule for summer mornings. The times are really just for this first few weeks when we have swimming lessons and things to get to, but they have actually not been a problem as my children are very early risers. The first two things are pretty self-explanatory, although I should point out that we do watch Curious George while eating breakfast and I get my shower in then. The homework list is for Clara’s benefit only, although Nancy does do some “homework” in for form of alphabet, math, and tracing worksheets. Clara has been working out of the Evan-Moor Skill Sharpener workbooks in spelling and writing, math, and reading. This is her favorite part of her homework and I highly recommend these. Then she writes in her journal (we have the classic primary composition book from Lakeshore Learning so she can draw a picture with her writing). We’re working on two sentences per journal entry right now (and what constitutes a sentence). Finally, she has to read three books to me aloud through shared reading. She really like the Bob Books and Biscuit Books. When all that is done, they both earn a piece of candy. Woo hoo! We also are keeping a long-term chart that will last most of the summer and when that is full, they get to do something super exciting, like go to an amusement park (or whatever they pick).
Then, after all of that, they get to do a chore! But this has actually been really painless. The girls helped me build a fun chart in the shape of a house using “craft board” (wood that you can buy at the craft store when they don’t have exactly what you were looking for in the first place), acrylic paint, and clothespins.
Here is the finished product. I give each girl a chore each day to complete. We’ve been spending this week “learning” how to do them correctly, but I am hopeful that things will be more independent soon. When they have done each one correctly, they earn a quarter for their piggy bank. I figure that if I make them use their own money for treats, ice cream, and toys they want at the store, I’m not actually spending any MORE than usual and I’m getting help around the house from them!
So, we’re working on this schedule every morning. Its been four days, and while I am exhausted by it, it is happening and I feel good that by the time it is 9:00 in the morning, we have learned something, read something, cleaned up the house, and are ready for the day. Then we can go do something fun, like swimming and playing at the playground and being kids. Because I is summer after all.