After the on- and off-again schedule for school in December, it was about time we started back to regular ol' daily school. So today was the day. And it went well. Usually Mondays are tough, let alone our first day after a break. So I was really happy that there were no tantrums or whining and everyone accomplished their work in record time (so fast, in fact, that S and I even had time for a middle-of-the-day Scrabble game).
H and Z are finishing up their lapbooks this week (we were supposed to be done before Christmas, but I flaked) among some math review and light work otherwise. J and O are back to our regular daily work and we'll save unfinished Truth in Tinsel activities for next Christmas! Today, they learned about islands as we explore God's Creation (using the Kids' Guide to God's Creation that is at the center of our science curriculum this year for J and O).
Not only do we read each section, but I try to expand on their understanding by making some kind of activity to go with it. Sometimes, it's a science experiment (which they love), but today it was a thinking activity. We talked about if they got abandoned on an island for a long-long time, but somehow could plan in advance, what five things would they want to have with them, what one food (a lot of it - but they had to narrow down to one choice) and which one person would they want stuck there with them. I enjoyed their thoughts and so I'm sharing them here (with my personal commentary in parentheses, because I can't resist)...
Five Things - (First, she said, "A boat!" and I was thrilled that she was really thinking, but then she said, "No, that's probably not allowed in this game," and dropped that subject. I had not preset any rules, mind you, she made this one up for herself.) Bed, clothes, fridge, sleeping bag, pets.
One Food - Macaroni.
One Person - Her friend, N. (I was surprised that she'd pick a boy her age as opposed to a parent or an adult to help problem solve, etc. But I guess it goes to show you how independent-minded she is. Having a friend might make it more fun, too. Who knows?!)
Five Things - XBox (which we don't have at our house, so I guess he figures he might as well request something special), Nova (our dog), bed, lighter, Bible (and this was not prompted by me - so I was really proud of him for thinking of that! And the lighter.).
One Food - Chicken.
One Person - His aunt, D (I think he fully believes she's a lot more fun than his parents, plus, she was sitting in the room when he answered, so he was probably trying to get some bonus points ... I said to her, "Well, I'm glad you'll be the one stuck on the island with him ... I'd be terrible at cooking chicken outdoors." She laughed and said, "Well, at least we'll have the lighter! And if I get to bring five things, too, I'll make one of them be a cruise ship and we'll have all the essentials there onboard.").
Maybe I should ask the kids this question again in five years or so and see how their thinking changes. Ha!