What happens when I only have two kids for the week? Not much!
The girls were gone to Michigan for the week and are due home tonight, so it was just the boys and I for five days. It's been pretty quiet around here, but we managed to have some fun anyway.
We did a little school, and lot's of playing. Owen has been busy taking care of his hermit crab. These are the perfect pet for our "no pets" family. They are easy and fun, allergy and stink free!
Owen is a very attentive crab owner.
I had a little time to re-think the formal dining room layout. We are not formal dining room people, and knew this space would be a dedicated office/learning space instead. It's open on two sides, so it's been a challenge to get it right.
If I knew we were going to stay here forever, I would close it in and hang these beauties on both sides! But this is not likely to be our forever home. We could have Carrie Underwood sing "This is Our Temporary Home" here, but I won't do that to you!
I've been learning a little about how to integrate some Montessori principles into our education plan for Ben. He is beginning to get to the "I want to do it myself" stage, and I want to support and empower him to do things for himself. It's not always easy for me to do this. I like a clean space. I am hoping to show him how to do things himself, with self control and good habits. i.e. do one thing at a time, clean up after yourself as you go.
We shall see! He is a tornado!
So, anyway, I tweaked a few things and hopefully made a more child friendly "can do" space, using things we already had on hand. The three cheap Walmart rolling kitchen carts I bought 5 years ago have served us well, in many different capacities over the years.
I took the doors off my desk, and moved Owen's desk next to mine. I eliminated all the loud toys from Ben's space, in hopes that we can all "work" together with fewer distractions.
I've been on a purge the plastic and electronics kick. Back to basics here.
There are a couple storage closets off this room, they help control the clutter that comes along with homeschooling. This house has turned out to be such a blessing for our family in this season of life. It is so live-able, and fits our needs perfectly. Really an answer to our prayers, right down to the smallest details. We are grateful.
Speaking of obnoxious things, I wanted to get a Ben sized chair. Walmart to the rescue again! I don't usually care for character themed things, but the price was right!
He loves it! Big stuff!
While we missed the girls very much, it was a nice change of pace for a few days. I felt like I could finally take a deep breath and enjoy a slower pace, and I know the girls had a great time visiting in Michigan.
I am working on some fun plans for Beyond Five in a Row for January. We will be rowing Thomas Edison Young Inventor by Sue Guthridge. I will be posting weekly wrap ups for that, including resources used. Can't wait!
Also in the January plans are working on the girls learning space upstairs, I will post picks after that is done. Have a great weekend!