All Girls School

Starting Off Well
August 27, 2008, 11:49 am
Filed under: art, Bubba, games, guitar, library, schedule, spelling

Apparently we are a people that enjoy a good schedule. One that is flexible enough to maneuver around impromptu park times but that is consistent enough that we know what’s coming and that we’ll be finished in time to pick up Mimi from school. Last year we didn’t follow any real schedule. Actually, scratch that, we started off the year with an insanely detailed schedule. That didn’t last very long at all and caused major burnout. Then we went to the opposite extreme with only a rough guideline of what we wanted to accomplish throughout the year and some materials to use throughout. That was ok, but felt a little slapped together at times. This year, we have certain things that are done on certain days so that I can be sure we’re going to accomplish at least our minimum goals. Having to get everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door to get Mimi to school in the mornings is a great help in getting us ready to start the school day early. Plus, at that time of the day Baby is happy to play and read and color while we work. Bubba is a bit more focused during the mornings and hasn’t already been distracted by another project that she wants to do instead. We have our afternoons free to do whatever we want.

Yesterday Grandma P came over to drop off Mimi’s birthday present. When she asked Bubba what she had done in school that day, Bubba replied, “We mostly played on the computer and read a little.” It was true. What slipped between the lines in that statement is that Tuesdays are a light academic day since I’ll be helping at the preschool on those days. We did play on the computer doing Language Arts and Spelling games. She completed a spelling worksheet focusing on this week’s words. Reading a “little” consisted of me reading a chapter of The Wizard of Oz outload and Bubba finishing a Junie B. Jones book followed by a trip to the library to pick up an inter-library loan Spiderwick book, which she promptly read three chapters of. She also read aloud a human body book to the younger kids. She failed to mention that she had asked me to find her a math worksheet with adding and subtracting to do just for fun. Later, she and her friend played school with the younger kids where she read more books to them and tried to teach them some basic math. She has a week-long art project every week that she spent a little time on, too. Bubba also practiced her guitar for about half an hour. (I’m not trying to imply with this paragraph that Grandma P looked in any way disapproving about Bubba’s answer, I just found it funny how her quick off-the-cuff response negated a big meaty chunk of the actual learning that took place that day.)

I also want to note for posterity that while the title states that we are starting off well, Bubba has also spent the last half hour walking around with a cape on backwards so that she can pull the hood over her face to refrain from looking at me or speaking to me because she’s so angry with me. It’s all about balance, right? Up next: How Do I Teach Personal Accountability For One’s Actions? (otherwise known as, Sometimes It’s Not EVERYONE Else’s Fault.)


Summer Has Arrived
May 27, 2008, 8:17 pm
Filed under: Bubba, family, guitar, library, mimi, reading, summer

We spent the holiday weekend attending my cousin’s high school graduation. Bubba was part of the ceremony and it gave me some mental flash forwards to sending her off to college. *sniff*

We’re working on our summer reading and have almost finished The Midwife’s Apprentice. I am really enjoying the book, but Bubba is finding it a bit slow and old fashioned and is not loving it. We should finish it tomorrow. I think our next book, Pure Dead Magic, will be more up her alley. She saw it at the bookstore and the blurb on the back intrigued her.

Next week we’ll begin attending the summer library activities. Aside from guitar lessons, the library will be our only other activity until later in June when swimming lessons begin. July holds more swimming lessons and art classes. We’ll send of summer with a family camping trip to South Dakota with some friends.

School starts for Mimi on August 14th, which seems insanely early to me. I can’t fathom why school needs to start back up in the midst of our hottest month when swimming should be at its peak. Oh well, we’ll get plenty of swimming in.

September 10, 2007, 9:56 pm
Filed under: library

Tomorrow is library day. I want Saturdays to be our scheduled day, but that just doesn’t always happen. Tomorrow I will have to pay our overdue fine. I try not to think of it as us being completely irresponsible and lazy in our transactions with our beloved library, but as being a financial contributor that enables the fine institution to carry on. We do give them quite a bit of money in late fees. Our intentions are always so noble, and usually, for a while, we are able to stay on a consistent schedule and rotate through books and videos in a timely fashion. But, then something will happen and we’ll keep the items for waaaaay too long and receive several letters demanding that we return the books or trade them for our first born. That’s usually when we’re able to dig up our contraband and slide it into the return slot. It’s really not difficult to return these things, I don’t know what our problem is.