We’ve gotten back into our normal rhythm of life since our extended Christmas vacation. We started homeschooling, CC, PE+, CBS, Cadets/Kids’ Club, and whatever else our weeks are made up of these days. We’ve also had lots of time at home – a calming effect on all of us. =)
Ethan has spent some time working on his VEX thing from Grandpa and Grandma. He discovered a missing piece, which delayed him, but the company promptly sent him a new one! He’s still working on finishing the completed product, but it’s pretty cool right now! He hopes to do a presentation at CC on it one of these days.
We’ve played a lot of games recently, too. It’s pretty sunny in our home during certain hours of the afternoon. E needed sunglasses! Mike was being silly and refusing to turn his train so was playing from the kitchen. =)
It snowed quite a bit two weekends ago. Ethan wanted to shovel as soon as he woke up, so we let him! He’s a hard worker and really enjoys doing things like this for us! We needed to do a little more shoveling after it snowed for a few more hours, so E and I did a bit and then headed to our big hill for some sledding.
I took the boys to the library for a cooking class last week. We had a really nice time together. We’ll be doing some more library activities this next month!
We did a little reorganizing of the playroom, again. =)
My dear friend told me about Tinker Crates before Christmas, so we decided to give them a shot. Essentially they have science and art projects in little boxes for kids based on their ages and the boxes come every month. We’ve opened one for Christmas (a month late because I didn’t realize both of the boys’ crates were in the same big box) and one for January and have been really pleased with them. The boys have thanked us every day for them since they opened them. We’ll see if it continues to be a fun thing for them, but I definitely like that it teaches them things that I wouldn’t have come up with on my own!! And you better believe this kind of thing gets to count towards homeschooling. =) So far, we’ve gotten arcade games (i.e. making a catapult and a claw), a nightlight, and a my body kit (including a fun glow in the dark “X-ray”). Pretty fun!
We also finally filled our first jar with beads! This has been a fun and effective way to encourage habits like putting away dishes and school work, responding when you’ve been spoken to, doing your work with a positive attitude and going to bed well. The boys were pretty jazzed when the jar was totally full! This time we decided to get massive cones of ice-cream! Whoa.
Homeschool edition to follow… =)