Congratulations, Me

Pat. Pat. Pat.

Hear that?  It’s the sound of me, congratulating myself.  See, I was feeling overwhelmed with the daily grind and needed a short vacation from it.  So I took it.  My daily grind involves lots of homeschool stuff.  A science experiment here, a spelling lesson there, and lots of math and reading in between.  Then there’s the business of being a mom to six kiddos, which, let’s face it, is exhausting (no matter how great they are).

So last Saturday I announced my brilliant plan at the dinner table.  I declared the coming week “Creative Week.”  No TV, no computer or Nintendo games, and no formal classes.  Instead, play outside, read some books, build a lego town, and most of all, leave Mom free to catch up.

My plan was met with hip, hip hoorays.  And I must say, this week has been a raging success for them and me.  There’s been a little too much “Mom, look how creative I’m being” but all I have to do is threaten with math and they scatter to the winds.

And my favorite part?  Luke read “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen.  This afternoon I spotted him in the backyard whittling a bow out of a tree branch then disappearing into the woods.  (Maybe he’ll come back with a squirrel for dinner.)   *Happy Sigh*  This is the kind of creativity I was hoping for.  I’m already looking forward to our next “Creative Week” in November.

P.S.  If you haven’t read the Hatchet and Brian books by Gary Paulsen, I highly recommend them.  You will learn stuff you never wanted to know, but will be oddly fascinated at the same time.


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3 thoughts on “Congratulations, Me

  1. If you really WANT Luke to come back with a squirrel for dinner, I know you’ve lost your marbles! You need some help–Stat!

    My fifth and sixth grade class just read part of Hatchet as a selection in their reading book. They liked it, but I have to admit it wasn’t my favorite. I was thinking, c’mon, Brian…just light the fire already!! But the seventh and eighth graders read a short story called “Stop the Sun” by Gary Paulsen about a month ago and that was terrific.

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