Summer Days

We’ve been having quite a bit of fun these past few days: Playing outside, swimming, playing with the hose, having popsicles, watching cartoons, doing lapbooks, reading, crafts, and laying out on the couch trying to stay cool.

It’s been an unusually hot summer, for the Pacific Northwest.  It’s been in the 90’s (F, 32 C) lately.  And, no rain, either.  The ground is so dry that when we water the garden, it’s completely dry just a few hours later, and spraying the hose onto the ground raises a cloud of dust. 

But, with the help of Kool-Aid, fans, and minimal clothing, we’ve been doing okay.  Also, we have a nice little pool, around 6′ diameter and 18 inches deep.  Ms Piggy and Ms Action have been having a blast.  Especially Ms Action, she’s been practically living outside and in the pool as often as possible. 

We’ve also been hanging out at the library – they have air conditioning, legos, stuffed animals, puzzles, and tons of books. 

The girls have a new neighbor friend: They’ve been playing Jake and the Neverland Pirates, My Little Pony, tea parties, and on our swing set. 

I’ve also been trying to figure out what we’re going to be doing for school in the fall.  I still love the Classical model, and if I were the student, it would be absolutely perfect – it’s the way I learn best.  But, it isn’t Ms Action’s style. She’s more hands-on and has an incredibly short attention span.  After doing some studying on different approaches and styles, we’re going to do a literature-based curriculum mixed with lapbooks.  I bought the Five in a Row curriculum, then, at Goodwill today, I found two of the books we need for the year – for a good $5.00 less than I could get them anywhere else.  I’m really excited, because it means less planning for me, more excitement and fun for Ms Action, and Ms Piggy can be involved more, too.  Basically, Five in a Row is using children’s books, which are read five days in a row, with a different activity each day – vocabulary, science, geography, social studies, mathematics, arts and more. 

But, for now, we’re going to be playing, making Kool-Aid, popsicles, swimming and doing our best to stay cool.

Happy Summer to everyone in the Western Hemisphere! 🙂

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