my dad's b'day is sept 17th. :P
so, what have we been up to. hrmmmm
kathrynn likes to go out into the world a lot, so we go to the library a lot, or other playgroup kind of situations. she loves to eat out, but sometimes all we can afford is fries, so we'll do that sometimes. lol
we spent nearly every afternoon at the pool when it was hot, but since the move that has decreased since there is so much going on.
she loves to have hug parties w/ her stuffed animals, which is esp funny bc she will rarely hug living people.
she likes to play kitchen, going to the zoo, driving a car, and going to the store.
we got a ton of games from a woman on freecycle, and she loves to play with all the parts. she is a sorter and an organizer, but you'd never know this looking at the floor of her room.
she loves to finger paint, play w/ stickers, read and play in the bathtub w/ food coloring.
her latest obsession still is chasing the cat around. poor jazmine.
she also loves to play w/ all her marvel super heros. hehe
oh, she also loves to go to parks, walk in the woods, and hug trees.
she has an assload of puzzles, but her obsession w/ that has slowed down w/ hat for somereason.
i've been on the fence on what to do with kathrynn and "school."
i love the unschooling modality and have been on an unschooling list since kathrynn was born. however i still have doubts about components of it- esp regarding that i think k will need more structure. my plan is to do a homechooling kind of thing, but leave it up to her as far as what we really do. we'll see.
this child sees the schools and the playgrounds, and asks when she can go to school. but, i guess if that is what she wants, then she will go to school.
i am enrolling her in a waldorf program one day a week (thursday) starting in sept. This is a pretty big step for us. We have been talking about it, and i told her that i could stay with her during it (its only 3 hours) but might need to leave sometimes to go to meetings, ect. She said she didnt' need me there as long as there were other kids there. I was pretty surprised, as this is coming from the kid who has never had a baby sitter. lol
so, we'll see. another friend is doing a waldorf inspired program out of her house on tuesdays, so if k really likes leslie's program, i might put her in heather's program too. leslie and heather are cohorts, so it would be pretty similar, and with some of the same kids too i think.
part of it is whether i can afford to do it, so we'll see
the other thing that came out of nowhere is a co-op'ing kind of preschool. some old casual friends i knew from way back have had one going for the last year. they had an opening and emailed me.
its only 2 hours every monday, and the parents stay there the whole time. there are 10 kids total, and the mothers rotate w/ being the "teacher".
my concern is that it would be too "schooly", but i have been told it isn't. i think most of them are homeschoolers.
however, i found out the other day that they are writing letters. i was like, 3 year olds writing letters? i dunno, that seems kind of young. i have no problem teaching whatever a kid wants to learn, so if k asked me to help her write her letters (bean bean did this right eilonwy?) then no problem. but to intentionally set out to teach them, it seems to young. i remember reading from Magical Child that teaching them super linear things, like reading, at too an early age can really disrupt their creative mechanism. So i have some hesitancy, but i think i'll try it and see how it goes.
I'm really pretty far out there, as far as how i view the world, ect, and i think i'd fit in much better w/ the hippy waldorf folks, but i'll give it a try.
i want kathrynn to have opportunities to grow and expand as she needs to, so am hesitant to refrain from doing things out of my own personal issues, ect.
well shit, i think i have babbled on love enuf. kathrynn is watching shrek, so i guess i should really be upacking while she is preoccupied. :P
hugs and love!
omg edited bc i butchered rynna's name. :/