Blueberry Muffins were the first order of our day, today.
A delicious beginning, to be sure.
Trev began his day with dinosaur research.
We picked up a four cd game the other day at the library. He's pretty happy.
He'll be nine soon. Guess that means he's been studying rather seriously (and intensely!) for seven years now.
Madd played computer games.
And she's played in the pool - and we tested out our new stopwatch that the parcel guy had tossed onto our porch.
(We're expecting the last package from our order today - so if you haven't entered into the drawing for the $50 give-away, you'd better hurry!)
Mama got to putter around outside with her roses while computer play was going on...
I can't even begin to tell you of the loveliness. A thousand - then thousand!- shades of peaches and pinks.
Impossible, and yet not impossible, as I said here.
Spending a while in the afternoon sighing and absorbing is a pretty fine thing to do, I think.
The children puttered the day away, too.
Trev first helped and then took over an email that we were sending to an online friend regarding the Jurassic Park: Operations Genesis game. He was asked for some pointers, so spent half an hour trying to help.
Maddie and I spent time with JumpStart, and she completed the first level of first grade.
For those wondering - she's four, and would be entering kindergarten next year if we cottoned with such ideas. I wasn't sure she'd be able to do much with JS World 1st Grade, as she doesn't read, and doesn't know all of her letters -or even numbers, as far as I know.
But actually she does really well with the game. It is a lot of identifying letters - "match the letters" sort of thing, and while she can't always name it, she can recognize if it's turned the same way, which is what the game is requiring right now. She is really good with arrangements and patterns, and so she is able to play and navigate well.
I absolutely love the JS World series - we have Preschool World through 2nd Grade - which to my ever-lasting disappointment is as high as they go. (I'll bet your library carries the cd's if you're interested.)
There was play with babies, her Annabelle, and with the dinosaurs.
I walked through the den in the afternoon, and Trev was doing research. Wikipedia research. (His favorite.)
On The Lion King.
This is an interesting thing for a mama. As you know if you've been here much, our ways are pretty organic. We read and speak, and words like "conjunctive" and "clauses" don't come into our ordinary conversations... so they are not brought up. When the time comes that they are asked about, that will be when our language is dissected.
But for now, it's enjoyed in its whole, natural, and uninterrupted form. (Though we do play MadLibs, sometimes, so the children are somewhat aware of dissection.)
We don't have required reading, though we're often reading through something that I think of as a children's "classic" (I read them out loud to my babes). Old Mother West Wind, George's Secret Key to the Universe, Harry Potter, Stuart Little....you get the idea. Our last was Peter Pan, and our next will probably be either Call of the Wild, The Princess Bride, or Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
But Trev doesn't read these.
With the exceptions of some cool dinosaur stories I got for him when he was very little (not babyish stories), and of what he reads to Maddie, he doesn't read novels.
He reads encyclopedias.
He reads movie credits-- just about always, as long as he can see the words.
He loves the "behind the scenes" in dvd's.
He reads in his games.
And he reads very enthusiastically at Wikipedia. All of it. Without pictures. (Have you read something like this on Wikipedia? The paragraphs are like twenty-five lines long! Dry as toast, to me!)
I tell you this not to bore or torment you : ) but to say that a Mama could get a little edgy about this.
A Mama could ask herself if this sort of reading counts.
And I want to say that I don't believe it matters what it is.
It could be comic books.
It could be civil war heroes.
It could be the complete history of every creature Godzilla ever encountered.
I think it's easy for Mamas to get freaky and worry, but I think we should reconsider the value we place on things.
I believe that things have value just because someone believes it's valuable. Ordinary Life Magic comes to mind. I greatly value my life. Therefore it is valuable.
If one can't be excited about the content a child is currently fascinated with - we should at least be very excited about the fact that the child is eager to learn and absorb every bit of information she can get her hands on! We should be thrilled with the passion. The thirst. The seeking.
So that's where I am with the fact that my son doesn't (currently, anyway) read The Hardy Boys or anime' books. : ) I'm okay with it.
So the day passed with lots of reading (Me), lots of research (Trev), and lots of lessons (Maddie).
Last night - early evening - Trev came into the livingroom, where I was. Er - reading. :)
"So... how was your day today, Mom? I didn't see you much."
"I know! You were doing your dino research..."
"Yeah. And my wiki research. I had a lot to do, today."
"Mmmmm. I missed you."
"I missed you too-- hardly saw you!"
"Yeah. Tomorrow. Definitely."
Then he went on to spend the next half hour or so telling me all about the things he had learned that afternoon....
Life is Fine.
And continues on....