Thursday, January 21, 2010

7 Quick Takes

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So, I'm stressed. Key indicators? I'm up way too late again, there's been a lot of Dr. Pepper drinking, and I've been knitting for about a week straight. Knitting keeps my mind busy enough to keep it off of other things going on, but not so busy that I can't find wayward puzzle pieces, read the same book again and again for Ezra (Brown Bear, Brown Bear), and listen to audio books.


I have a LOT of time to myself right now since Superman's semester began. I finished the Dr. Horrible wristers that I cast on on Tuesday night and it's the fastest I've ever finished a knitting project. Part of it has to do with all my free time in the evenings, but I've also noticed a big increase in my speed. I almost feel like I could call myself an intermediate beginner instead of a "totally don't know what I'm doing" beginner.

I'll post them after they're blocked. Saturday is swiftly coming to be  known as "blocking day".



I spent last weekend going through little boy clothes and swapping Ezra's 2Ts for 3Ts. I really should have done it about 3 months ago, but I can't bear that my barely 2 year old is already this tall and looking more and more like a preschooler and less and less like a toddler. How does it happen so quickly?

Also on the Toss 15 project list over the last week was the linen closet and the bathroom cabinets. Yet again I'm amazed at how much stuff manages to hide in such small spaces.



I'm putting a book list page up for Ender. I'm tired of trying to remember what that awesome seasonal book was that we read last spring/fall/winter and not being able to come up witha  title. My swiss-cheese brain is just not to be trusted. I know the list is a little scant right now, but it will fatten up after I put in the picture books we've been reading about winter and hibernation.



In our reading today we came across the word "paradise". I explained it to Ender as the best place you can imagine and he immediately said, "like a place where you can just ride your bike all day long and you don't have to stop for ANYTHING."

Exactly, honey.



A question for homeschooling moms- how do you decide exactly what to use or include each year for school? My precise situation is that I want to make sure we include some science for Kindergarten next year- how do you decide which specific topics to cover? I've looked at a few different scope and sequence for Kindergarten science and it seems like there isn't anything that is consistently listed. It's tempting to try to get it all in, but I don't think it's a good thing to do as much as possible at 5 years old.

My current thoughts- keep focusing on seasonal changes, talk about the solar system, melt ice cubes, measure stuff in different ways, and plan for weekly time outside to learn to observe. I'm thinking about using One Small Square: Backyard to help me know what to look for in different seasons. I am sooo not a science gal, so I need a little direction. Thoughts?



Tomorrow is the bridal shower for my last sister to get married. C is getting married in March and then promptly moving to New York. This feels a little like a last hurrah- it's going to be the sisters only, and there will be mud masks, pedicures and probably quite a bit of ice cream. C is getting married, 2 sisters are pregnant, and of course I have my boys . . . hello, adulthood.


  1. Several teachers at the kids' school used the assignment of studying a square yard of nature over a period of time. There were things to count (plants, stones, sticks etc) and color to observe, wet & dryness and more. They LOVED the project when little and again in high school!

    Personally, I'd be thrilled to have them study the environment, because "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

  2. I had to smile at Ender's description of paradise!


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