"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."
Thursdays seem to come around a whole lot faster with B's new work schedule. Our weekends are somewhat confusing. We may start "doing school" on Saturday and Sunday as well. Of course, every day is already a learning opportunity. What I mean is that we may do more of our organized activities all seven days of the week since we seem to be doing a little less when dad is around. When I mentioned it to Robotson he said he'd like to do more reading on the weekends. Reading is just the word we settled into for "schoolwork". Yes, we mostly read, but it's so much more than that and encompasses all subjects.
This week Robotson and I read Great Expectations and are currently immersed in Black Beauty. We read the illustrated, abridged version of Great Expectations so it only took us a couple of hours. We are reading the unabridged Black Beauty. We own many of those illustrated classics; the ones that really water down the stories and take imagination out by providing pictures. See I made some mistakes when Robotson was little. The one I regret the most is not reading to him. I interpreted his fidgeting as disinterest. It seemed pointless to read to someone who didn't want to be read to, and I stopped. So when we started reading together for school, I thought this would be a good way to introduce him to the classics and keep him engaged. Funny thing though, the first classic I read to him was the unabridged Anne of Green Gables, which had only a handful of illustrations. He mostly played quietly, still appearing to be ignoring me, but in reality soaking up every word. What makes me choose the watered-down classics over the originals now? Mostly how difficult the language is for him to understand. I tried to read A Christmas Carol to him last year but he had a hard time following Dickens' writing style. Little Women was sometimes difficult for him. Mark Twain is too hard right now, but Anna Sewell is just perfect. So when you see that we've read two great classics in one week, it's probably a safe bet that we have cheated a little bit. I always let him know when we're done that if he enjoys the story, and wants to read it again later, we'll go for the unabridged text. Oh and as for the pictures-- he rarely asks to look at them.
Our week has been a little stranger than usual. Monday I had to take all three in to the pediatrician. Funny Girl had her four year check-up, Robotson had to get another round of vaccinations, and Dimples was supposed to get her second seasonal flu shot (I ended up not getting it). I meant to show them the Sid the Science kid episode on vaccinations, but I forgot. I'm still planning on working that in soonish. They were all pretty crabby with me after that so we pretty much blew off Monday and Tuesday, except for going to the park.
Our microwave ignited on Monday. I gave it to Robotson to take apart. He hasn't really gotten started yet, but it's only a matter of time.
Tuesday I had to get his glasses replaced because he broke the frames. Much discussion ensued about responsibility, finances, and the difference between accidents and mistreating things.
And though the girls mostly played this week, there were dozens of mini conflict resolutions that I tried to work them through. It's an exhausting exercise trying to get a four year old and a two year old to stop pulling each other's hair and talk about their feelings. It even sounds ridiculous to me as I type it.
I did read with the girls, but not as much, and I can't think of a single book right now.
We reevaluated the computer schedule this afternoon and are giving it another two weeks. This time Robotson was not happy with the resolution. His computer time was reduced overall. Part of the problem was getting him to discuss it with us reasonably. He would either refuse to talk or claim things were said that were not. B and I are hoping to fill in those hours with something better than sitting in front of a computer screen. I think, in the end, we will have a very good solution. I don't think we are there just yet.
A few things we checked out online this week:
Days of the Dead celebrations around the world, and the Ares I-X launch. Robotson new more about the Ares launch than I did.
Creaturecast released another way cool episode, this time on multi cellular organisms (that's us!). The first episode is just as neat, watch that one too!
The Symphony of Science
" is a musical project by John Boswell designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form."
This song gets me teary-eyed every time. The kids ask to hear it on every van ride. Yay!