Monday, August 22, 2011

Back At It!

We're back to learning tomorrow! They each have a daily ticket hanging on their clipboard, which lists their learning tasks, chores, and other activities for them to check off. We'll be doing about 80% of what we would normally be doing. I'm waiting on a couple of books, and am going to do some review before we move forward in chumash. They're looking forward to it, and already started doing some work this afternoon on their own.

It was a nice Sunday. The only thing I can't figure out is how I can have four simple things on my list and I can only get two of them done. The list was do laundry, make bread, clean up kitchen, and clean out the veggie storage bins. The last two got done, at least! And we did stop at 5:30 for dinner and 6:30 to watch John Huston's Moby Dick (this version remains fairly faithful to the original source). Amirah has read the Step Into Classics version twice, and begged to watch a movie version. All of the children liked it (!!!???!). It's so hard to find good-quality, torah-compatible family movies that we usually end up watching various science or history documentaries (definitely easier then good fiction-based movies, but not a LOT easier!). I just wish Sundays would stretch a little longer.

Dean did get halfway done with a project to add a worktable into the kitchen. He would have finished it, but he took the time to have the kids help him and they had such a sweet time working together. It was so fun to watch. We managed to eke out a space for a $10 seven-foot door that will be used as a work table (thanks, Restore!). Great for staging shabbos food, and as an extra workspace for the kids to do their learning! We'll have a pegboard hidden behind a curtain for all the tools to hang on, plus we'll add shelves to the walls above the work table and take advantage of the cupboard that is already hanging there. It's going to be nice not to have the tools all scrunched in the laundry room. I'll be able to move all my glass mason jars out there and make a little more space in the pantry. Then a few more things can move out of the kitchen and into the pantry. I love re-arranging things, and making them more efficient.

To bed now, up on time tomorrow and we'll GET GOING! Eek. :)

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