Thursday, September 25, 2014
M sometimes says it's not fair that G gets to go on field trips. So now I say "Isn't this a nice field trip?" Every time we are at some place nice.
We plan for the children to attend high school. A homeschooling family I know has their children take a few virtual school classes in middle school to get them ready. I think that's a good idea. Growing up with the legacy of smart siblings in the system and a mom willing to insist that I be placed in the same track was nice. Homeschooling is becoming more normal, especially in our county. I just realized yesterday that since I do want them to go to HS, I need to learn what they'll need to make sure they can be in appropriate (aka high level) classes. P moved from TX going into HS and they put him in general classes until he took the SAT and was plopped into AP English. He's a lot more grounded, maybe because of that. He does have a little bit of an elitist snob streak... But he's not hung up on his intelligence as his only identity.
G goes to school as a part time student and this year that worked out to be 2.5 hours. At first I was worried that we wouldn't be able to pick him up on group days. And P's work schedule means he also wouldn't be able to get him. So we were trying to figure out what to do. Then we realized he could just go to group with us. I'm thrilled about this. Now G gets to go with us to our hippie group and take walks in the woods. He gets to collect leafs into his fancy wool pouch and do leaf rubbings into his "Leaf Collection Book". He participates in our circle, singing and dancing. He stomps in puddles with the other rowdy boys. In general he gets to experience this lovely nature day with us every week. I'm really happy it worked out this year.
M had a piano lesson scheduled for yesterday and after some nagging and finally some "SLOWLY!" yelling, she hunkered down and practiced for almost an hour. Real practicing. It was amazing. It inspired me to finally get my head around the piece I'm working on; "The Happy Farmer". Then lP thew up and we had to re-schedule for Friday. I hope she makes some amazing progress in the next 2 days so she can see what can happen when you prepare before the day of...
lP is 4. We do verbal math sometimes in the car and today she insisted on having a turn. It's a series of word problems. "Tom has 5 apples and gives 2 to John. How many apples does Tom have? 3 Then 3 friends came with 1 apple each. How many apples did they have all together? 6" That's the sort of problems I ask M and G, harder for G. lP wanted her turn and I was trying to ask questions that added 1 up to 4. She had such a beautiful expression each time she held up her fingers with the answer. Math is so fun!
I've been realizing, over and over the last 10 years, how much I am doing exactly what I would like to be doing with my life. If I could do anything, it would be to spend time with my children. And I get to every day! Sometimes I spend too much time hiding in the office... But the very thing that I like to do, that I value most, is right outside the kitchen gate, calling my name, or screaming MOM! Lucky me.
Posted by Lucky Day at 9:34 AM