I realize that the "arewethereyet" cry is meant to be made from the back seat of the car on a long trip. It is meant to be delivered in a particularly whiny voice and should be repeated incessantly every five minutes.
But as a teacher I am feeling the pull of the end of the year. The desire for change. For new plans and new schedules and new students and new places.
It's not so much that I am longing for the mythical "summer off." In fact I teach the same number of hours in the summer that I do during the school year. I just teach different subjects at different times. A change of pace. A cleansing of the pallet.
I have two more days of teaching before my week of summer break. Then on to summer school. And long stretches of days where I will not just sit around doing nothing all summer.
It is my goal to have a gentle sort of flexible plan for doing enjoyable things with the children during the day (since I teach in the evenings). Different themes for different days?
Nature Activities (in woods, on river, on lake, in garden, on farm...)
Swimming (lessons every Monday followed by outdoor swimming)
Art Stuff (painting, drawing, knitting, beading, sewing, building, photography, trips to museums/sculpture gardens)
Science Stuff (rockets, programming, experiments, online courses for 11yo, trips to Science Museum)
Rest and Relaxation (hanging around the house in our pajamas reading, playing games and taking naps)
Social Connections (play, talk, write letters with friends in neighborhood, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents...)
As always what I want is a schedule-- but I won't keep it. What I need is a rhythm. So if the kids and I can come up with some ideas and spend some time planning on a week-by-week basis taking into account a variety of things each week...
3yo upon watching a particularly large poo being flushed down the toilet: "Wow. It's just like poop erosion!"
meds and all that
chiropractor for shoulder (which is finally getting better)
did rowing machine (15 minutes) and elliptical (30 minutes) on Tuesday
Quaker, teacher, parent,