I am surprised at how many different organizational systems my girls experiment with. DD2, 6yo, recently spent a few days interested in categorizing the chutes and ladders in the game. She would write "L288418" for "ladder from space #28 to space number 84, with 18 rungs. I think she was attempting to puzzle something out. DD1 is forever cataloging her paper doll collection, with a similar system of "season", birthdate, name, etc. They catalog and sort and resort using increasingly sophisticated methods. It's always fun and curious to guess why they are doing it. Well, DD1 somehow thinks this is going to help me figure out which paper doll is missing... don't think that's going to work, but I don't tell her that!
I am surprised, having been raised to understand one math function and explore it as fully as possible before moving on to learning the next function, that this doesn't necessarily follow IRL. We are still dabbling in some basic 1st-grade math at the same time we are learning the idea about division. Squares and square roots? Why not? I am a bit dizzy, trying to find some mental focal point, but that's all a bit silly as it's the planet that is spinning, not me spinning on the planet (or is it the other way round? The metaphor itself is making my head spin), and the dizziness is all because I still have a lot of deprogramming to do.
I am surprised at how nothing but play seems to happen for weeks, some reading perhaps or some games and lots of gymnastics, then suddenly they are sitting to do their puzzle books, origami, copy work, they are wanting "spelling tests" and "secret code". Now I know better, and I know this recent spurt of schooly things will cycle out again.
I am surprised how hard it is to corral families, even if they live right down the road. I keep finding connections, only to find that somehow it's not staying connected on the other end, or it's not what I was hoping. Next stop Girl Scouts? I just keep looking and looking. I'm not in a rush, but I do feel frustrated. Grrr.
I am surprised that after years of resisting nothing but Harry Potter (and even that took awhile to click) my nearly-8yo is feeling more adventurous with books I read to her. We've read 2 books from "the Familiars", began the Percy Jackson series and are now on book #2, read Hound of the Baskervilles and have other Holmes stories waiting. Except she still won't read any book that begins with "Chronicles". Sigh. She also didn't like "The Dark Is Rising" that I adored growing up, but at least she let me start!
More surprises to come, I'm sure.