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.