Today I had at least a couple of A-ha moments.
The first came about as I was thinking about our newest history book. We are going to read “Roanoke: a Novel of the Lost Colony
” and it just came in from the library lending program today. So, I was reading the first chapter to see if I felt it would have that “hook” to get the kids excited about the story, and I realized that is exactly what I want them to see history as – a story. This is why I don’t overly focus on dates – I would much rather them have an overall feel for the sequence of events than be able to tell you an exact date for a specific event. I think that is why I really love historical fiction. We talk about the parts that are true and the parts that are made up – and I really feel like this is why they are interested. Today we had about a thirty minute discussion on the Civil War – what it was about, how is started, etc… that was all started because of a show we watched on the history of Jazz music. Times like that are when I feel the most blessed to be part of their learning every day.
My second A-ha moment came while watching “Jon and Kate plus Eight
.” Now, if you haven’t watched this show, I have to tell you – it really puts things in perspective. Jon and Kate have a set of twin girls who are six, and a set of sextuplets who are two. This family is always moving and can you imagine the amount of laundry they do! Wow – kind of helps me realize that we can do what we need to do, and I can certainly handle taking care of my family of four. Jon and Kate were asked what they thought each of their kids might be when they grew up – and both mom and dad started listing the differences of each kid and how that might relate to a career later on. I realized all of a sudden that DD and DS have really had their individual personalities coming out this week. What makes this week different from other weeks you might ask – well, we haven’t gone out to lunch. This might not seem like a big deal, but it really is. I have almost a compulsion to get out of the house during the afternoon. We leave for lunch and then sometimes don’t get back until after 5. I’ve realized this week how much less time it takes to just make lunch at home, and then we have the whole afternoon to hang out and enjoy each other’s company without the rush, rush, rush of being out in the world.
Yesterday afternoon, DD asked for the red felt and when she noticed the ribbon, she also took two rolls of that. Next thing I know – she has sewn a pouch! (I called it a bag – but she corrected me…)
Today, she started an apron, and I taught her how to sew on a button. Now I will admit that she is using tape instead of knots on her sewing because she hasn’t quite figured out how to make a knot that doesn’t pull through – but, she done all of this with techniques she has developed mostly on her own. I occasionally step in and ask if she would like a tip, but usually I let her go at it – she has a knack for seeing how to do things much better than I could ever explain to her.
Today, DS made he and DD “mailboxes” out of paper bags. Then, they spent the evening sending letters back and forth to each other. DS using a regular envelope, and DD using one of her “should be patented” homemade envelopes. (On a side note, DD has previously written a manual on how to make a mailbox. I will post further details later.)
After the kids were in bed, hubby and I heard what sounded like DS crying. I asked him what was wrong and he said that he was laughing, so I called him to come to me. (I had to know what had spawned such hilarity.) The boy was cracking himself up because of a letter he thought up to “send” to DD tomorrow. He wants to say “Beware of falling cows.” I wish I had a picture or video of him laughing at his own joke – absolutely priceless.