This past Thursday was a bittersweet day. My sweet niece MacKenzie is moving to FL next week, so today was the last day we got to spend the day with her. We enjoyed it, making a trip to the park and eating Chickfila for lunch, and playing around the house.
After a full morning, the kiddos went down for their afternoon naps and we got to spend a little bit of time together just hanging out, relaxing, and reading. Sometimes it’s not just the time we’re sitting and talking, but the moments when you can enjoy each other’s company while doing separate tasks that are great, too. I love those types of relationships.
Once the kiddos woke up, we heard thunder outside, so I knew we needed to find an indoor activity or two. So, I just LOVE that when that happens, I can pull out my Mother Goose Time supplies for the month and see what fun activities we can do. To think – using ‘school’ stuff to just play and enjoy each other. What? So neat.
So that afternoon, we pulled out the little colorful plastic keys that came with June’s Alphabet House theme box, and I did a few math challenges with Natalie that were included in one of the day’s lesson plans.
although I refrained from adding the sand or dirt the activity recommended to the top of the Alphabet Sheet so they could clean it up. I wasn’t that committed to the activity in the middle of my office! But I did promise we could replicate the activity the next time we could go outside, so Natalie resigned from her pleading.
Peter watched on while enjoying his afternoon snack of popcorn. He quickly mimicked her play afterwards, playing with his mop so much that he quickly demolished it before I could get a good picture. Such is life with boys, I suppose.
I have already started asking the kiddos to help me load the dryer on occasions that I’m doing laundry during the day while they are around, so it was fun to ask questions and see what kind of information they had been gathering from their experiences.
I pretty much had to make Peter’s completely, but he was able to load the washing machine with the items he wanted (all of the options provided) and then changed my design by wanting the plastic covering to be on the outside of his machine instead of taped to the inside, so I accommodated his request to give him a little bit more ownership in the design process.
Natalie needed to add lots of knobs and options to her machine (maybe an indicator of a desire for wanting the top of the line appliances in the future? Watch out, future husband!), and so we discussed what they were all for. She had some great ideas, suggested that maybe one button was for cold water, another for hot. We had never discussed the different temperature settings on our machine at home, so I was surprised that was something to came to mind for her. Not sure if she picked up that information from a TV show she has watched or what. I also explained the different speed settings on our machine as well, and how we select that depending on what we are washing and how dirty it may be.
I so appreciate the conversations that this curriculum has given us the opportunity for. Because on my own accord, it would not interest me or occur to me to talk to my daughter about everyday stuff like that, at least not in this season, but I love the holistic approach it provides so that as we incorporate more of her roles and responsibilities around the house, she’s also being informed of the purposes and functions of them as well.
We are Dave Ramsey, Financial Peace University people, and so it’s already in our plans this year to start incorporating Financial Peace Junior into our homeschool schedule. I’ve asked the hubs if he would be willing to take the lead on this extracurricular adventure. And so we’ve aleady started discussing the general ideas of what responsibilities we all have around our home, just because we’re part of the family (personal responsibilities like making up our own beds, cleaning up our own rooms, etc.), but how she will also be able to earn a ‘commission’ by taking on tasks that serve the whole family, like feeding our two cats in the morning. She has been interested in money for as long as I can remember, so it’s very important to us that we give her some good tools and help her approach it in a way she can steward her money wisely in the future.
So, all that to say, when shes’ a little older (and taller), laundry very well may be a task that she chooses to take on for some extra commission, and it’s neat to think that we’re laying the groundwork for that now, and hopefully giving her a new appreciation for the modern conveniences that we are blessed to have in our home. Although, as I type this, I am reminded of a conversation we had a few weeks ago where she informed me that she would be the one to do the dishes when she gets married, and her husband would do the laundry (the roles are reversed in our household), because she does not like doing laundry. So, there ya go. 🙂 Maybe we will start talking about the dishwasher next! 🙂
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