Mondays have been a tough day for us. Mainly because my Mom, Grandma and I have been getting together every Monday for lunch and either knitting or a movie for the past year or so. Well since I started homeschooling, you can imagine how that affects the school schedule. We have been trying to get as much done in four hours as is possible with three boys. Ok, so I am lucky if each boy manages to get through 2 subjects. We seem to get through the same two subjects each day, math and reading, rarely getting on to history, science or any sort of elective.
This past Monday morning I tried something different and I didn't even feel guilty or stressed about it. I let my sons draw and color. On Monday, we did art. We also did a Halloween craft. I found it on Pinterest. A toilet paper roll, some black construction paper, glue, scissors, and a template to make all of this into a bat. The boys loved it. Well, the 6 and 9 year old loved it. It was great! They were having fun, and worked together doing something they enjoyed. It was the most relaxing school day we have had since starting this journey.
Yesterday they spent an hour putting fake webbing on the bushes in our front yard. Today, after spending much of the day at my parents' house waiting for my van to get fixed (master cylinder was going out), they are now back out front playing with the webbing and a toy spider. Next week we plan on learning about the history of Halloween. If you have any links you would like to share, feel free to post them in a comment. I will try to post what I find next week. There will be tons of Halloween crafts and maybe we will do a little "class party", to which I will post some pictures of.
Side note: While at my parents' house, today, my Mom and I watched "Mom's Night Out" by the Erwin Brothers. That was a fantastic movie, by the way. Mom and I both laughed through most of it. I admit, the scene towards the end with Trace Adkins and Sarah Drew at the police station did get me misty eyed. What he said was so spot on. Moms need to hear it.