I think there are several reasons for this.
The first is that for my personal weekly goals I included "Play two games with each child this week. They can overlap." Because I put it on my week's to-do list, I gave myself permission to play games. I played some Qwirkle (my favorite), Uno (not my favorite), Swish, Jenga, and Suspend. Even thought I didn't win everything, we had fun playing. We had fun laughing when Jenga and Suspend crashed down. I think this will remain on my weekly goal-list.
Another pathway to success has been what I'm going to be calling "incidental school." We had a couple of examples of that this week. N-boy was given an Eco-Battery Vehicles kit for his birthday and I didn't really want to read the instructions or mess with it. The kids were like, all we need is some salt water, so we can put salt in tap water and that's all. They didn't believe me that hot water was necessary to dissolve the salt. So, we did an "experiment." Impromptu. And I didn't have to read the directions. Bonus.
At the opening, I mentioned that N-boy had been sick this week. He felt awful on Wednesday and Thursday. It was disappointing on Thursday because he didn't get to go to Disney on Ice which had been one of his birthday presents. Everyone was disappointed by that particular predicament.
On Wednesday, we finished Circle Time (which we did our four formal lesson days). I did some extra reading aloud that day and only assigned the girls math and piano beyond Circle Time. Then, I went to the kitchen to work on dinner - pot roast. I was making two so I could freeze some shepherd's pie fixings, so I cut the end off the celery. It makes a nice stamp for making roses, so I offered the girls an opportunity to paint. They had a wonderful time.
|The only paint we had was fingerpaint ... maybe time to buy new tempera?|
|Finished products. They had a ton of fun with this!|
You can see our final "fun" thing above. I painted the girls' fingernails. Something little and simple that brings them so much joy. Why don't I do these things more often? We decided that on Tuesdays we'd paint fingernails.
Today, Friday, I did some baking. The children came in and out as they wanted to. That was fun.
Oh, we did our regular school things, too. We did Circle Time Monday thru Thursday. The kids made great strides on "The Glove and the Lions" for poetry memorization. We began a new hymn: "For the Beauty of the Earth." On Tuesday, we read a chapter about the origins of Groundhog Day. We studied about helping verbs for grammar. We read quite a lot from George Washington's World and Abigail Adams. We read a fabulous selection from Madam How and Lady Why about wonder and fairy tales. The children were very involved with the story of David Brainerd in Trial and Triumph, N-boy in particular when it mentioned that his life inspired Dr. Livingston. (I presume.)
|R-girl started making her own artwork during Circle Time. Keeps her hands busy.|
I think we've only read one chapter of our current family readaloud, Emma this week.
We also continued our breakfast experiment. You can see many of them with the hashtag #uppingmybreakfastgame on Instagram. I'm @ladydusk there. Would love to have you join us and/or follow!