Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wonderful Wednesday

I am having one of those weeks where I keep cleaning every day, having the children do their chores, yet again each day looking around and thinking, "Hey who trashed my house?!" Well tomorrow we are having company so this should give us more incentive to tidy and keep things tidy!!

I am also trying to pull our school schedule back together. Once and awhile it just goes all haywire. We have been doing all the work we need to do but I have not gotten in that "one on one" time that is so important. I was sticking to 2 strict hours with each child but right now I am looking at what needs to be done each day and how much each child needs of me and scheduling it that way. In the past we have stuck closely to certain hours for school, but I have recently given the children a "heads up" that a certain amount must be done and if that means a bit of work in the evening or on Saturday, than so be it! Thankfully they have fallen in line contentedly understanding that this is all so we can be done by the end of May.

Here is what cracks me up, lately when Christian and Rachel are done with school guess what they choose to do? They play school! Oh my goodness, my brain is ready to explode at the end of the school day, but they are playing school! Of course, in their play they are the teachers and not the students so maybe there is some psychological need to wield the sword of education rather than be on the side of the *wielded* (did I just make up a word?). ;)

I really love this time of year in many ways. They are sick of their few TV shows and the weather isn't always good, so it is a time to be creative. They think more, dream more, imagine more, pursue the arts more. Yes, there are advantages to the "depths of winter!" Perhaps all this creativity is the culprit in the undoing of our clean home. If so then I guess it is worth it!! :)

"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him." Nahum 1:7


Pam said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. I just sat down after a whole morning of schooling and cleaning, walked into the school room and couldn't believe my eyes! What a mess! Encourage me, Karen! lol

Yes, my kids are becoming more creative too. Less fighting, and more desperation for company and play. Three of them were together playing, of all things, duplos, in the livingroom before lunch. It's more fun when more play together. Keeps things exciting!

Karen T. said...

Pam! It is nice to know I am not alone!! Perhaps that is the encouragement I can offer! You are not alone!!

Now, my mother in law always reminds me that some day my house will be too clean and too quiet. I do try to remember that!

Love, Karen