The kids and I have enjoyed our first very full day of school. I can't BELIEVE how much I can pack into a few hours! We're having a ball and learning a ton! I do get the whineys once in awhile...and sometimes it's just oh so hard to get them to sit still and listen to something that I know is important for them to know...but overall, thus far our experience is a positive one. Even Peter is learning something! Today we talked about fossils and made some fossils using homemade playdough and some leaves and sticks from outside. Pictures to come... We also learned the two basic parts of a sentence, read some chapters from The Life of Fred (a math series that the kids LOVE LOVE LOVE) and played with math manipulatives (I got Andrew to count to 100 by 10's, then 1000 by 100's! Cool!!), learned about Vivaldi and listened to a dramatization of his life (Classical Kids--it's awesome!), drew pictures of castles and talked about what all the servants do inside of the castle, ate snacks outside until the bee came and chased us away, and generally had a good time.
Right at this moment, I'm ready to go to sleep--but the people across the way are NOT!! We are having a serious block party right now. Ok, so it's not really a block party. The people across the street are hosting a wedding celebration complete with some awesomely loud Arabic music. I'm just grateful it's not a weekly thing. I remember when I lived in Guatemala and in one of the areas I lived in, there was a house that would throw HUGE parties every Saturday night--the music THROBBED through the whole neighborhood! I could hear it through my ear plugs!!!! Yah, that wasn't fun. This music is loud, but it's not terrible. Devin and I were sitting on the front steps of the apartment building we live in just listening and watching, and when the 9pm call to prayer came over the loud speakers of the mosques, they turned the music off. I thought that was the coolest thing. You could tell the people inside the house were NOT praying, but they were respectful for those who were trying to pray at that time. Impressive.