Last week I shared our summer school check list.
So, here's an update on how it is working.
1) Not everything on the list gets done.
This still surprising me. We are still working on the concept that work comes before play and that the work isn't done until it is all done.
2) We are struggling to get the daily chores done (those not specifically listed on the check list.)
Things that need to happen every day like dishes and laundry are not getting done as well as before. If it is not specifically spelled out in detail on each child's list, then nobody thinks she should do it.
We were hoping to keep the lists simply and short, but I'm thinking I may need to add the daily chores. We've been reluctant to do this also because the division of labor isn't as evenly distributed before hand since I can't always predict what the big jobs are going to be ahead of time. Sometime breakfast dishes are big and lunch is small or vice a versa. When I preassign duties, one kid can get stuck with a lot more work on a particular day.
3) Some children at our house (who shall remain nameless) are indignant that they have to do academic subjects during the summer. It is perceived by the child as a punishment or a sign of failure.
Talking hasn't gotten me very far on this one. Part of the problem is that I'm putting my primary attention not on the academic work by the older kids, but on the OT (occupational therapy and speech therapy) work that I need to do with our youngest son (Baby Bop). I just want the school work to get done. I don't have the energy to talk about it.
4) I don't feel like I'm getting as much done as I used to.
I think I'm just getting old.
We've never made it past the 4 of July before in our "summer school" efforts. So I will do an update next week and let you know how it is going.