This week the kids worked on gaining independence and using their lesson planners. Anne immediately took to using hers and Dean is adjusting to his.We did more tweaking with Dean's history curriculum and it is working better now. The kids have been introduced to all of their independent and working together curricula, and everything seems to be a good fit. There are only the remaining curricula to introduce next week for the two classes that I am teaching in our tiny two family co-op.
Our sweetest spot seems to come each evening when we gather for read-aloud time. Dear Husband reads our family book, and Anne works on a puzzle while Dean draws. Everyone is engaged and together. It is a warm, family togetherness time to wind up the day. As a bonus it gets a bit more school time in as well. I hope that it continues to be a peaceful time even after evening dance lessons begin.
Next week we introduce chore time back into the schedule. They have done a 10 minute pick up here and there, but I gave them a break from regular, established chores for the last two weeks. We also start homeschooling Rose (13) on Tuesdays and introducing British Literature and biology into our schedule.
The Solar Eclipse ~ We were in the 99% area of the eclipse. I decided not to travel to an area of totality because the news was predicting horrible traffic jams. I figured 99% would be impressive enough. We had solar eclipse glasses and invited another family to join us. We thought it would get darker than it did, but the crickets got super loud, the eclipse looked pretty through the glasses, and the temperature cooled for a while. It was cool enough, but I think I will travel to 100% totality next time, if I'm able.