Monday, June 21, 2010

Sewing camp, again

Here are some things that have been happening:
  • On Sunday, we took the kids to the new public spray park near our parish. We also celebrated my birthday with brownies and vanilla bean ice cream.
  • C went to the first day of her second sewing camp today. This one is at a quilting store, so it has a rather nicer fabric selection than at the sewing machine store where she was last week. Today C sewed both a travel-size pillow and a pillow case. While she was working, D and I spent a pleasant but expensive morning at Barnes and Noble. We visited the cafe, I got a couple of house magazines, and D picked out a toy doctor's kit. This was not a mere momentary whim--D is very excited about the kit, which he plans to use for the veterinary needs of his dragons and snake. It was $14.95, so I told him that the price would be 30 points. As of this writing (after some heroic efforts with his Clifford phonics books) D has 26 points and is committed to earning the last 4 as soon as possible tomorrow. D loves the Clifford phonics books.
  • From time to time, we recalibrate the point systems to concentrate on challenging areas. Currently, D can earn a point for dressing himself in the morning, getting into the car promptly when asked, putting on pajamas at night, reading a phonics book, or unusual virtue. In the case of the doctor kit, I suppose that means that each point is the equivalent of 50 cents, which sounds really out of control when you consider how many points he could theoretically earn in the course of a day. However, in practice, all of these tasks are hard or problem areas, so when D gets 30 points, he'll have really exerted himself for a number of days.
  • C finished Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter and is reading Farmer Boy.

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