I really didn’t mean to write a series. But I figure you would like to know how things turned out and what I’ve decided to do about next week. If you haven’t read about the week we’ve had here at Lit Mama, you can do so here and here.
All caught up? Great. So it turns out Martin’s baboon heart is actually pretty healthy. It has a slight arrhythmia, which the cardiologist is treating with pills. But they really think the underlying problem is sleep apnea. See, when you have this problem, your body is constantly tensed to wake you because your blood is not getting enough oxygen while you sleep, which means your brain and heart aren’t getting enough oxygen for a a third of your day. Which causes a lot of stress on the body, especially the heart. I have to tell you, when we went into this, with all the scary tests looming and Martin feeling worse than he ever has, I would never have imagined sleep apnea being the thing. They let me bring him home today and he may even be able to return to work next week. So, now that I know nothing life-threatening is happening with my love, my own exhaustion from all the stress is something I intend to baby through Sunday. I may not leave my couch, I ain’t gonna lie.
Nevertheless, I’ve been really–no, reeeeaaalllllyyyy–struggling with how to handle next week. We didn’t really get a spring break. Not one of us feels rested and rejuvenated and ready to jump back into school. Our India unit we were supposed to pick up on Monday is in no way prepared. I have so much I have to get done, because I got nothing At All done this week (and you should see my poor laundry room. Apparently, even when I’m not home people here still change their clothes every day. Who knew?).
I think it would be physically, as well as mentally, impossible to do a full school week.
So here’s what I’m thinking. We still have about half of Return to Gone-Away to read. And we like science experiments, crafts, and nature study. So I’m thinking we do our read-aloud every day. We add in 1 science experiment or craft. We pick 1 thing from nature to scavenge on a short walk, then the Littles can write and draw about it in their journals every day.
I got the idea because I spent A Lot of yesterday trolling Pinterest for lack of any better entertainment. And I realized I have pinned so many things and then forgotten them. And I Really wanted to do them when I pinned them. So (also) here’s what I’m thinking in terms of the craft/experiment. Because you like to find a bunch of links all in one place, right?!
DIY Nebula Jar from momdot
This is simple, sure, but since we just finished reading an Earthsky article about the recent comet flybys and we definitely aren’t schooling today, I know my Littles are still way interested in all things space. There’s a succinct explanation of nebulae on the website, the craft is pretty, and will require little work from me. Oh. Yeah.
Magic Fluorescent Mud from The King of Random on youtube
This is basically the same thing as the ‘oobleck’ we used to make at the library for Dr. Seuss day. With this, you get the added adventure of making the powder from potatoes yourselves, plus it glows under a black light. Win-win. Again, my brain won’t even have to function.
Shadow tracing from The Artful Parent
I don’t think this is something we’ve ever done. Though I don’t know that we’ll use grape sculptures, I love the idea of tracing shadows to get a result. And I won’t really have to do much to get them going on this, either.
Loving this pattern!
Make a Kazoo from The Joys of Boys
What boys don’t like to make noise? I’ll turn it into a real music lesson and make them kazoo Moonlight Sonata for me from memory. They’d better hope they know their Beethoven!
Make a Pirate Treasure Map of Our Yard from Teach Beside Me
This cool project uses Google Maps and a grid to make a map of your yard. It’s great grid practice, as well as fun, so we’ll probably do that on our warmest day.
Egg Carton Flowers from I Heart Arts and Crafts
I heart these flowers! And the boys love to paint! So they can’t complain that I’m making them paint flowers. Or else.
Coffee Filter Flowers from Fun-A-day
Aren’t they pretty? I might just stop torturing them by then and make these myself. 🙂
Actually, I think what I’ll do is write each of these projects down on a paper strip, drop the strips into a jar, and draw one every day next week. I know they might be a little young for my boys, but I am also sure they will lead to conversations in which we will learn something–organic conversations that I don’t have to work too hard at, that we can have at 8 or 10 or 12 or after dinner, after a full, stress-free night of sleep.
Sounds like bliss.
If you are like me, and you’re slightly neurotic and unable to give yourself a break, planning a light week of fun is a simple solution that can help you feel better about everything. You can even use some of my ideas.
Thanks for sticking with me through all this, lovely readers. Your comments and messages have helped me more than I can express.
I’ll leave you with one final thought for the week:
I’ll take a side of no more of that, please.