I woke up this morning and remembered that we do not have gymnastics today. I thought out loud to myself, "man I need to make a schedule to get back on track. All this gymnastics has us out of whack." I really said that, lol. For a minute I thought I should rap a blog post, but no worries, I won't.
So we have gone from being a free living, no schedule, unschooling type of family to a family with, between the two girls, gymnastics 4 days a week. I'm not complaining. I'm just saying that now I find myself having to plan a little bit...for myself. Otherwise, I fear we may do nothing else and this blog will turn into a gymnastics blog. And seeing that only 2 people commented on my post about gymnastics, I assume that would be quite boring.
The last few days I've been setting out a table with markers and paper, or cleaning the floor and giving the girls a certain toy to play with. I never had to do these things before. They just found the markers and toys themselves. But lately, especially Eaden, cartwheels, handstands, and rolls rule the day. So today, I decided to try something a little different. Maybe a little Montessori. I put something out for the kids to play with one at a time (sometimes they each had their own thing). When they were ready to move on, we cleaned up and moved on.
The whole thing was a little tiresome for me, but I will say that the kids had a great day and the house is very clean. Also, Eaden hardly mentioned gymnastics. It's not that I'm trying to get her to forget about gymnastics (that's not going to happen anyway), but I just want to make sure she is...well rounded? I guess I'm also hoping that by guiding them a little...on Tuesdays say...they will play better by themselves on other days...
We started the day with markers. My cousin Allison cleaned out some closet recently (she's in college now) and came up with a bunch of arts and crafts supplies to give to us. A hole puncher too!
After a while, I added scissors and glue (trying to draw things out a bit and hold their attention).
Next, I dug out these building toys they received for Christmas (but which I had not yet let them play with).
Naia and Taven found them a little difficult and so I took out cars and Octons.
This held their attention for a good amount of time and so I cleaned the fridge!
Please don't call CPS. I swear we're not starving. I let the kids eat whenever they want and get the food themselves. I wonder which one of my genius children tried to eat this sausage. (Quick edit) A friend of mine just commented on facebook asking if I was starving my children (referring to sausage pic). Maybe this just makes the empty fridge pic look even worse. My poor children.
At some point, we were all ready to get outside. I'd say they look ready, wouldn't you?
I let the kids get out the play-doh and I organized garage stuff. I recently acquired this shelf from a friend (as well as that bike Taven was riding). Hand me down Queen I am!
We decided to paint as well.
It was glitter mania!
I told Eaden the person in the picture had the same exact hair as she did, with braids sticking up everywhere.
When Eaden and Taven decided to go in and eat, Naia stayed outside.
I found these math whatchamacallits I had bought at The Homeschool Store a while back, but never used. I also have one we used to learn about calendars. I found everything very easy to explain to Eaden. When I bought them, I knew it was too hard. Waiting until kids are ready is so much easier than trying to force something! Forcing things makes one want to shoot themselves in the foot...or worse.
Later was magnetic dolls. Over the last couple of years, we have received four sets! It's kind of nice though because the girls play as if the dolls are all part of a family, friends, etc. I love listening to the stories they make up. Today, one of the dolls was Grandpa.
I wanted to get in some reading, but only Taven was interested. Here he is kissing the baby.
After listening to me read to Taven, Eaden wanted to join. We read The Boy who was Raised by Librarians. I love this book because it reminds me of how libraries are supposed to be...and how they use to be. Now, at least here in Houston, they are understaffed and staffed primarily by people who are not librarians. The experience, in general, sucks. It's sad.
Naia moved on to a puzzle.
I let the kids open up one of their dinosaur dig activities outside. We didn't get too far because it started to get dark.
The mud kitchen is still in place.
Then back inside for more Octons, dancing, fort building, etc., etc., etc.