Originally Posted by chrfath
...I have a 9yo son and a soon to be 4yo daughter...Plus, our days are just out of hand. Too much tv. This has led DD to only play if someone is playing with her. If you have to leave for some reason(bathroom or anything) she throws her toys and starts screaming.
I agree totally with your intuition on switching out the toys. It just sort of brought out two ideas:
First, yes, make all of your new purchases imaginative toys which don't have just one "right" use. Get wooden tree blocks instead of Legos, mosaic puzzles instead of puzzles, toys to imitate you - such as mini garden tools if you're a green thumb, or a toy baking set if you're a cook - dolls that aren't "set" in their personalities, etc...and let her infuse them with her imagination. Don't do that for her.
Second: Read something by Jean Leidloff - the Continuum Concept is a book that to me explained just how important it is for kids of this age to imitate adults who are performing life's work. In my experience that has to be something they understand as "work" - such as baking bread or cleaning house or gardening. (When I write or talk on the phone, they don't get that connection as well.)
Then you can set a rhythm where she'll expect that at certain times you'll be reading, telling stories, or playing finger-games or bouncing around outside; but she'll also expect that at other times Mom will be working with brother or kneading or painting, etc...that new expectation and new rhythm will be the key to helping you have more time to bring DS 'the world's treasures of thought' as you homeschool through the grades.
Then eventually you'll reach a point where you are working and interacting through the day with both kids - butneither one just needs constant attention - in fact their imaginative games will be very special to them and sometimes they'll ask you to leave the room so they can continue.counterGOPI and Calynde
- Thanks for your Spring thoughts. We're moving into Spring now by changing out the bookson the bookshelves, Spring cleaning, planting seeds for our later garden (it is still a bit too cold outside here in the Plains), and starting some Felt projects. We also start a new Spring verse tomorrow for March...and my first-grader and I are reading the Wind Boy. My sixth-grader and I are reading Onion John together - yes together. He LOVES to read and constantly reads on his own, but we also continue our reading out loud together - just for closeness.
Warm wishes for a beautiful Spring,