The last two weeks most of our time has been spent in play without a lot of structure. The days were beautiful, but often rainy. We spent time at our favorite children's museum, the library, cooking, and reading. On the days when the sun stayed out a little longer, the pool and slip-n- slide became our places of choice. The diving board and water slides have been conquered, reading programs finished and awards received, and we've found and studied many a bug, including bees at a local honey farm.
Some of the things we've been learning and loving these days are:
Clark's pick from the library's reading program. It is a pretty exciting read with just the right amount of action for my sensitive 7 year old. Every chapter ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so it's been nice to hear him groan when we're done and know the next night this book will be asked for again.
We watched this prior to going to our local Fourth of July parade. It was a great film (more for the 7 year old than the 3 year old) and sparked some really good discussion. It also reminded Clark about some of the historical figures he's already learned about.
Both kids have also just finished week one of swimming lessons
Clark is gliding, learning to swim on his back, do ice cream scoop arms, somersaults, and handstands. Sophie and I are in the water together. She's just like her brother was- all giggles until water splashes her face.
After lessons we've stayed to play with friends, eat lunch, practice our moves,
Sophie has yet to meet a little girl who doesn't want to play mermaids with her. Today she also had a little boy helping her catch bugs and save them from the water. While I love being in the water with them, and yes, have gone down the slides many a times with Miss. S on my lap, there is something so beautiful about just watching my children meet new friends and make up pool games. Some of my favorite childhood memories are at the pool, and I'm guessing some of theirs will be too.
So while I had grand plans to really "teach" my children this summer, I'm finding my role as mother/teacher right now is so much different than my role as teacher in a classroom, and I'm finding I'm really loving the difference. We are learning, for sure, but in the way I've always known is the very best, by doing and playing and being in the moment.
More structure will come soon enough. Right now we're pretty good with just taking it as it comes, playing hard, and spending time together.