Our schedule is gently taking shape...the "fixed" things (classes) are: Ecology Centre classes for fours/fives (we can still squeeze in until DS1 turns six
in December, and I don't know if we're "allowed" to come after that
) on Monday mornings. We often stay later to explore, walk in the forest, see the water. Then Tuesday afternoons DS1 has a pottery class through the Richmond Cultural Centre that he loves! It's an hour and a half long. This gives me a little time to hit the mall (across the street) for any groceries or such, but preferably that time block will morph into time at the library which is downstairs from DS1's pottery. Right now, the vastness of the library overwhelms DS2 and all he wants to do is nurse and cling. Which is fine, but we can't read much with all of that! I will ease him into being there. While it's nice he and I can walk outside too, under the trees and watch the squirrels foraging. Okay, then Wednesday afternoon is Dress-up Drama at the Arts Umbrella which we will likely continue-still ironing out some issues there...not thrilled with our instructor and DS1 thought the length of the class was too short. Thursday will see us potentially and hopefully hooking up with other homelearners. Friday is free for now, a day to gear up for our weekends with Dad when we usually plan family field trips together or hit the garden to create, dig, divide, plant etc.
We will incorporate library visits once a week for all of us, as Matthew is loving the freedom he experiences there to research, choose books, get to know the librarians etc. It was newly renovated (not at all attractive anymore, too claustrophobic and stiff-especially the kids' area!
: ) and we're getting used to finding everything all over again! I would eventually like to plan a volunteer activity to do with my kids, perhaps Streamkeepers or serving at an animal shelter in Richmond or close by. Matthew loves to give to little critters and he is very nurturing with any living thing...That may wait until Spring or next year.
We have memberships to Vandusen Gardens, the Reifell Bird Sanctuary and now Science World too, so will go as frequently as desired. We also frequent the beach in Tsawwassen with lovely meandering trails and beautiful shoreline and sand bars to wander...and it's so peaceful in September and October!
We bike ride or build castles or create waterways or just...be.
We may work on incorporating a music class, perhaps fiddle if there is a class fort hat for little folk, and swimming lessons too over the year, maybe spring. I may research to find something drama-y on our side of the water. Granville Island is too crazy for parking and the drive is a bit long for only 45 minutes (unless we stay to play with Kazia's boys!
That's the schedule!