Friday, May 28, 2010

First day of summer

Today is the first day of summer break for C. Here's some of what's been happening:
  • I just heard D say, "When you're in my room, you're a servant. I'm a king in my room." The latter half of that is family policy (if one sibling is in the other's room, the visiting sibling needs to mind their Ps and Qs or leave), but the "you're a servant" part is original to D and not official family policy.
  • C got a character award for gratefulness at school. C missed 35 days of school this year (that's about 1 in 5 days, or 7 solid weeks!), but her grades were OK.
  • C doesn't want to read Kidnapped, but she's reading an electronic, unabridged translation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
  • Our local bead store is going out of business! C went there for a summer camp last summer, and has been talking about it ever since. We had planned to send both her and D there, but it is not to be. They're closing in just a few days. Currently, C is scheduled to do two weeks of full-day gifted camp, one week of half-day sewing camp, and then both kids will do 8 45-minute swim lessons with the Red Cross. We will probably also have a trip to the West Coast late in the summer. The first scheduled activity starts June 7.
  • D read 2 Bob books yesterday.
  • The major business of the summer is how to manage time properly. I've been reading Don't Shoot the Dog! (a book by an animal trainer) and working on metering out screen time. It is all to easy to dump out your bucket of fish too fast and too soon, and then have no bargaining chips available for the rest of the day. So far today, C did two pages of Kumon's Geometry & Measurement (a really sticky section where you convert between miles and feet), watched half an episode of Avatar (click on the link--it's an American anime show related to the new movie The Last Airbender, not the movie with blue cat people) with my husband, did two pages of her Kumon Addition workbook, watched some more Avatar while I took a short walk and helped me tidy three shelves in her room. I'm on lunch break from the shelves right now. We have three more to do and then she'll watch another 24-minute episode. Anyway, the key is to break the day up into small chunks, which helps facilitate C finding her own activities, rather than having a major screen spree and then being immediately boooored. Just 10 more days until camp starts!
  • In real estate news, the cute 1920s brick cottage that was $165k has been hiked up to $175k. That's weird. The place was listed as pending on one real estate web site, just before the price went up. There's probably a story behind this. I'm puzzled by the price increase, but I rejoice at the fact that it's still on the market.

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