It's that time of year again. This thread has been quiet so I thought starting a new one might spur more people. What has everyone been up to in the quietness? Kindy plans?
I've taken a little break from hsing and can't even think of kindy now. I'm having some minor (read huge) problems with DD. Ugh. She is very free-willed, spirited, and super-choleric Which is great. I embrace who she is but when it comes down to it for the past weeks...Ugh. Tiny bits of gluten and dairy have snuck in from random sources which plays into it as well. I have the hardest time getting her back to her sweet self after that. It's not a time to hs. It's a time to heal and stay sane.
For example - (and a look into our non-academic homeschool life): She really wants to make the stuffed guinea pig from this book http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-School-Projects-Kids-Will/dp/1603425780 I told her the first step is to draw our guinea pigs. She draws a tree. I draw a guinea pig to help show her. She draws upside down people. I give up.
She knows the running stitch but needs to know the blanket stitch for the project. I show her. She does one beautiful blanket stitch and then does a new stitch she calls "The (insert her name)." Balancing creativity with doing a job. I know thinking outside the box is super great but.......it doesn't get the project done.
I'm having a hard time extracting meaningful work from her which she craves (choleric) and dealing with behavior. She was carding wool for me today and decided to do it her way which ended up with my carder being thrown across the room which is part of her way
And as for my son who is the true preschooler: he's really into digging for Earthworms. He's creating a new earthworm family to replace the slug family that mama made him throw out. I've learned my lessons this time: earthworm family isn't allowed inside like slug family was. Mud puddle stomping is high on his list too. We are keeping a weather chart and I think March so far has 2 suns on it so there is plenty of puddles.
This week is "Whale Watching Week" so we might head on out for puddle stomping and whale watching on the coast. It will make me feel better about not doing a single gosh darn educational thing at home with them right now.
They've also been playing with their anger and each of them built their anger using recycled materials. This was a great project because they came up with it themselves and did it themselves. All they needed was the box of recycled craft materials and lots and lots and lots of tape. DD wanted to use the whole roll of tape on her anger but was unable to. Good effort though. http://www.amazon.com/Anhs-Anger-Gail-Silver/dp/1888375949