We've been slacking lately. We're in the process of buying a new house and selling this one, so I guess we're entitled.
We manage to accomplish math and geography every day. Sometimes we read and sometimes I hand the girls a big stack of books they can read to themselves. Luckily, there are a bunch of books they will willingly read anytime. Like the Time Traveling Twins, and these cool photographed-at-Plymouth-Plantation books (there are two more: Sarah Morton's Day and Samuel Eaton's Day) and any of the If You Lived... books.
So I dumped a stack like this at their feet and let them go at it. We are also having lots of fun with hands-on crafts. The easiest are those from Hands & Hearts. The girls made lavender sachets--easy as pie! All the materials were included, from the muslin and calico bits, the dried lavender, a ribbon and a little sewing kit! Thread, needles, the whole kit and kaboodle! I know, I could go down to my basement and find the bin with cotton scraps in it and I could run to the variety store to pick up dried lavender and I certainly could scratch up a needle and thread. With a little luck, I have some ribbon around that coordinates with the calico scraps I found.
But when I can open the box, print out the directions and et them go at it with mimimal guidance, it is worth the $65 to me. As an added bonus, they took the extra fabric scraps and made teeny-tiny lavender (there was PLENTY) sachets for their dolls. And one for their best friend next door. I didn't help at all with those.
Now they are working on cross stitch samplers. The pattern and idea I got from our Time Travelers CD. In this set, you just get all the directions and paper patterns. So I pulled out my cross stitch stuff (why is it so much fun to start a project, but not fun to ever finish it!?) and gave each of the girls a bit of Aida cloth and some floss. Daisy is tooling along on hers, but Pepper lost interest pretty fast. Oh, well. She is once again on a school strike. Except for math, I'm not sure she'll ever finish first grade.
So there is what little we've been up to lately. Enjoy!