We’ve finally moved into our new place and there will be a number of changes in store for all for us. It will interesting to see how we all fare in them.
Sleeping on Their Own
The first change is that the boys have moved into their own room. Tonight is the first night they are sleeping on their own – ever. I’m waiting to see when one of them will get up and come looking for me in the middle of the night. Truth be told, it’s a big adjustment not just for the boys but for me, too, and I’m not sure who will have the harder time for it. I’ll keep you posted on how we go…
A Play Room
Until recently, the boys have been usurping just about every room in the house because they don’t have a dedicated play room. They don’t even have a place for their toys. Now there is “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Well, that’s the idea anyway. Hubby jokingly said that it would be a full-time job to clean up after Hercules. Indeed. The setup for the play room is to make everything accessible to the boys so they can decide what they want to play with and how.
While this arrangement works well for Aristotle, Hercules is going to drive me nuts. He seems to derive great pleasure in un-ending all the boxes and scattering all the toys around the room. Even the books are off the shelves – well, just the ones he can reach and the ones he likes.
Is it a bit much to expect a 2 year old to pack up after himself? Has Aristotle spoilt me? Because he seemed to have this natural instinct for packing up and was able to do it at this age. Then again, Aristotle was always very particular about order – he would get upset if a single train was out of place; he hated it if you packed his colour pencils in the wrong order; if you moved his water bottle, he would move it back; well, you get the drift. Hercules, however, appears to thrive on chaos.
If you have any suggestions on teaching a 2 year old to pack up, I’m all ears…
Homeschooling / After School
Now that we finally have the space, I plan to change the routine somewhat. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to do this and here’s the rough idea so far…
- Reading – Little Reader
- Math – Little Math
- Music – Little Musician (Yes! The beta version is coming out soon!)
- Language – Little Chinese
- Brain Training
We’ll be working on general knowledge flash cards for speed play (ala Shichida style) using Little Reader. This should be fairly quick to get through – the preparation will be the time consuming part. We will then supplement each subject following the Montessori activities from the online course by Karen Tyler.
The idea’s still a work in progress but I’ll be sharing the details as I work them out with the boys so stay tuned!