Friday, September 10, 2010
Weekly Wrap Up - Week 4
This week we:
- Read about Grandma Moses and looked at some of her work. (Tuesday was her birthday). While this attempt at an artist study didn't seem to grab my boys in and of itself (am I doing something wrong?), it did inspire them to make art of their own. Dale built a bridge with his blocks, sketched it, and then painted his sketch, adding lots of color and a good bit of detail. So, whether he fell in love with Grandma Moses or not, it was time well spent. And we kept the books about her to do some more next week, so stay tuned.
- Went around looking academic:
- Learned about synonyms. And how to pronounce the word 'synonym'.
- Put up a 13 ft model of the solar system.
- Listened to Dvorák. His birthday was Wednesday.
- Read about the sun and stars and constellations.
- Did NOT go outside to do any nifty sun / shadow experiments or observe constellations due to days and days of rain courtesy of a tropical storm / hurricane. Where will that thing be when we're studying weather in a month or so? That's what I want to know.
- Did some baby-wearing:
- Made soap bubble paintings.
- Read many, many books, including the story of William Tell and the first few chapters of book 1 from the Sugar Creek Gang.
- Totally slacked on planned preschool activities. Alan stayed plenty busy doing cool stuff, but I left his column of my planning sheet blank and filled it in as we went. In other words, I didn't plan. I just wrote down what we did and then checked it off. Not sure I want to keep this up long term, but I also know he wasn't enthusiastic enough about some of the sit-down stuff I was giving him to make it worth all my planning and prep time. We'll find our groove, I'm sure. It's just going to take a few weeks.
- Abandoned our detailed schedule I spent weeks planning. Yep. After 3 weeks of living by the clock I had enough of being the grumpy drill-sergeant and only posted a list of what needed to be done.
Two main results from that:
#1 - Mama Buffalo was much more relaxed.
#2 - We didn't finish up our list of things to do until a couple of hours later in the afternoon. I am ok with that because, well, see #1.
I am torn about what to do next week. I like the structure of a schedule, but I don't like the pressure of following it. I think the only reason we got away with tossing the schedule this week was that after following it for 3 weeks and one day (Tuesday) we were able to coast the remaining 3 days. I imagine that if we leave the schedule completely we'll end up in a downward slide into unproductiveness. Of course, the worse that could happen is that we start scheduling again for a while, right?
Do you schedule your days by the clock, or follow a checklist? How do you make sure everything needed gets done, and in a timely fashion?