My blogging on the Chronicles has been a bit sporadic lately, but for very good reason. I've been setting up a blog for the Mothers Together program at church, which is something I'm passionate about and have felt honored to do--I just love these women! Still, I'm glad it's up and running now, and that I can dedicate some more time to our family blog again--hence this mod-podge post you're reading.HERE. This has been fantastic, especially creating a super smooth early morning with whine-free violin practice, except that it's easy for Lorelei to forget some of the tasks all chunked together under her "Daily Jobs" in the afternoon, which is why I've brought them back out... our Pencil Jars. O, how I love our Pencil In Priorities Jars. I came up with these around the New Year (HERE), and they've been so helpful I mentioned them in my back to school article in KC Parent (HERE), because they're fabulous for breaking big things down into small tasks. That's just what I've done with L's jobs, hoping she won't forget anything now... the poor girl is crushed if she misses earning a badge. I think it's important that I do what I can to help her succeed, but at the end of the day, when it's time to count tokens, it's really up to her. I'm hoping that by being consistent with our expectations, she'll learn to take initiative and do things without so many reminders. Already I'm nagging a lot less, but my goal is that she's responsible enough to do things on her own, to move her own badges, and to tell us when it's time to count tokens.
2. Lorelei is beyond crazy about her Awanas Club, and her weekly goals (from our white board) have been to learn several verses each week since (in Sparks) they get to progress at their own pace. I don't have anything to do with this, she's just totally motivated and wants to earn those sparkly jewels for her vest. I was the exact same way as a little Spark. I want to equip her to meet her goals, and Awanas offers the perfect tool for this--a CD with all the verses (if only they'd had these on tape when I was a kid).
For L's Suzuki lessons, she has to listen to her violin music everyday, and I've learned a little secret--the more she listens, the better she plays. So I've started burning CDs with the songs she's working on played anywhere from 5-10 times in a row. I took the same concept, and have been adding her Awanas verses to her Suzuki CDs, burning them together. I have the verses play 3 times each, and voila--she's mastering them with hardly any effort on my part, and she's just giddy about it!
Poor Gryffy did not have such a good week--the Cubbies leaders got smart, and broke up the three little musketeers--Gryffy, Jack and Jonny--into different classrooms. They were always so excited to be together, but I know three boys can be a handful!
A CT scan yesterday, and--oops--it really IS broken. I guess I'm not winning the Year's Best Wife Award...