I usually try to take a few notes as we go about our days, to make it easier to remember what we did throughout the week. I didn’t do much of that this week, though, so let’s all assume there was something very exciting that I’m forgetting to share with you.
I’m not the only one who was a little out of sorts this week. Poppy’s piano teacher described her as “scattered” after her lesson yesterday. I know she’s tired from her ramped-up activities lately, and I suspect that has something to do with her difficulty focusing. I’m still thinking about what to do to help her with that.
My personal scatterbrainedness would be greatly improved by getting up at least an hour before the kids. Pete has the uncanny ability to wake up 15 minutes before my alarm goes off regardless of what time I set it for, though, so it seems unlikely that I’ll make that dream a reality.
It was an entirely ordinary week in math, but it was the only thing I took a picture of this week so I felt compelled to mention it.
We’ve reached Chapter 24 of “Anne of Green Gables,” in which the schoolteacher is planning a concert for the community. Marilla doesn’t think much of the idea:
“But think of the worthy object,” pleaded Anne. “A flag will cultivate a spirit of patriotism, Marilla.”
“Fudge! There’s precious little patriotism in the thoughts of any of you. All you want is a good time.”
And Poppy doesn’t think much of Marilla’s attitude.
“But that’s what we all want!” she said. “Doesn’t Marilla understand that? Do you think she ever will?”
Later, after I told her that her dress was backwards, she informed me that that’s the way all the pretend girls in her school are wearing their dresses these days. Because it’s more fashionable.
I think I may be the Marilla to her Anne.
In other reading news:
- Poppy read “Bad Kitty for President,” “Lions at Lunchtime” and “Polar Bears Past Bedtime” this week. I picked up “The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil” for her, too, but it didn’t capture her attention at all. I doubt she’ll finish it.
- Pete flew through books 7 and 8 of the Bob Books series. I think he’s getting a handle on this reading thing.
- The kids are very excited about Monday, because it’s the first day of the Pizza Hut BookIt program. Nothing like personal pizzas to motivate a kid! Poppy’s challenge for October is to read 500 pages, and Pete’s challenge is to master two more Bob Books.
This week’s “Story of the World” chapter was about Augustine, monks and Christianity’s beginnings in Britain. Poppy did one of this week’s crafts a few weeks ago at co-op, so the only craft we did was making a cross necklace out of clay and twine. The crosses are just about dry this morning, so we’ll be painting them sometime this afternoon.
- Pete scored his first-every goal in soccer last week! I expected him to strike a superhero pose afterward — as he had the previous week every time he kicked the ball — but he mostly just looked very surprised.