It’s 7:30 am.
It’s overcast and gorgeous outside. It’s supposed to get hot today, which will be lovely, but I love the cloudy mornings. I’m ready for fall to move in, I think.
Z is playing games on the floor. I have yet to figure out exactly what to do with this time between 7 (when Z wakes up, without fail, every day of her life) and whenever Tiny wakes up (anytime between 7 and 8:30). It’s hard to plan anything, because there’s no telling when I’ll have to stop what I’m doing because Tiny’s up. So I end up letting Z play games, which she loves, and I just putz around on the computer. And write blog posts.
I’ve been reevaluating our whole schedule, now that we’ve been through almost 2 weeks of homeschooling- trying to sort out what’s working and what’s not, how we can plan things so that they go more smoothly. I realized that much of this process is the same as when you have your first child and beforehand you have everything all figured out. You’ve researched, you’ve pondered, you’ve prayed, you know your philosophy and approach, and you’re all set. And then the baby comes, and you have the realization that they have a personality too, and that has to be taken into account in the plan. So we’re shortening some things, lengthening others, adding outside time, combining other things. It’s a work in process, and I don’t think that’s going to change. Homeschool is kind of a living entity, I’m realizing; a fluid, rather than a solid. Some people would say it’s a gas, the air around everything they do- that’s not my approach, at least not right now. It might be later. I don’t know; I’m just rambling and talking as I type. It’s not an analogy I’ve thought through. Don’t judge me. (Heehee.)
I’m also trying to plan in friend time- for the girls and for me. Luckily the friends that I want to spend time with are the moms of the kids they want to spend time with, so it works out well.
Today I’m trying to decide what we’re doing after school today- going swimming with friends (this would be the obvious answer, but the pool isn’t heated, and unless its HOT outside, Tiny gets all shivery and whiny after about 1/2 hr. but Z still wants to swim, and drama ensues.) or go to Santa Cruz. I’m just in a Santa Cruz kind of mood today.
And after a brief hiatus, it’s been decided. After writing, math, and reading today, we’ll be heading over the hill to the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. Have I mentioned that I love homeschooling? 🙂
Have I also mentioned that I finished Othello the other night? I don’t think I did. I have a goal to read 5 Shakespeare plays this year – I haven’t read him in TOO long- and I read one earlier in the year, so it was time to get moving on that goal. I’ve read Othello before, but had forgotten how mean it is, the people in it are just nasty to Othello, and everyone except Desdemona is super quick to judge. Poor Desdemona. She gets short shrift, both in the story and in character development- I’d like to see more about her. Anyway, now I have to decide which play to read next. I’m thinking Macbeth.
OK, girls are up, got to go. What’s going on with you at this moment?