On Monday, the girls woke up around 6 as usual. I continue to be baffled by the idea that there are children who sleep in. M sat at the dining room table making art while I made coffee and checked email. C played in her bed until 7 when Brent headed out to work.
The girls and I had breakfast, and I read to them while they finished eating, then we snuggled on the couch to read more. At C’s request, we read Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear, Mama Cat Has Three Kittens, and Where is the Green Sheep. Then M wanted a chapter of The Enormous Egg. Finally, we read our Before Five In A Row book, Blueberries for Sal. I gave C a little metal bucket and some blue buttons so she could practice dropping in “blueberries” with a “kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk” just like little Sal.
We settled at the kitchen table after our reading time. M did pages in her math book, and C sorted different colored buttons into a muffin tin. She was thrilled to participate in math time.
We took a break from table work and both girls danced to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a new musical favorite, while twirling ribbons. Then we did our chores for the day and finally got dressed. I made some smoothies for a morning snack. M did copywork and a language arts activity from our Sonlight program. C colored with crayons and colored pencils, wanting to stay close to M. When M’s work was done, we made the blueberries bushes pictured above using paint, crayons, and oil pastels.
They watched a Diego episode while I made lunch. After lunch, C started her nap. M read to me and I read a few chapters of The Enormous Egg to her. Then she played outside and spotted 13 slugs on our sidewalk (we’d had several very damp days).
We’d planned to go to the library, but M asked if we could just stay home all day so the girls played house and then took a long bubble bath. We glued our blueberry bushes together which led C to want to do more gluing so I cut up some catalog pictures and she made collages while I made dinner. M and our neighbors fed and watered our baby chicks (more to come on the great chicken project).
All wasn’t rosy. Many protests were made by M before she got started on math. C dissolved into tears numerous times when her will was thwarted. I lost my patience with the noise and chaos their play creates many times, but all in all I was thrilled with our day and what we accomplished.