It's my last day of work until Aug. 7! I've got my niece and her brother (almost 7) here today, so my kids are all happy and busy playing. We've got a family birthday party to go to tonight, then tomorrow my kids are going over to play at niece and nephew's while dh and I go out for an early birthday supper for him (both birthday celebrations are for him; his actual birthday is next week).
I picked up a TON of paint samples yesterday for repainting our walls in our family room. While we want something cozyish, I still want something that won't push the kids away from wanting to be there, especially since school materials are stored there. While some colours have definitely been eliminated, picking from the others is going to be hard. Especially since dh is almost completely colour blind--he's not much help with the little nuances!
I've decided I have to read stuff by Plato this summer. A mom on one of my lists shared this quote:
Arithmetic, then, and geometry and all the branches of the preliminary education which is to pave the way for Dialectic should be introduced in childhood; but not in the guise of compulsory instruction, because for the free man there should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children's lesons take the form of play. This will also help you to see what they are naturally fitted for.
So in line with Montessori! I struggle still with wanting to give the kids freedom yet trying to have them meet certain standards. I suppose it's a natural struggle. It'd be nice if what I really wanted were clearer to me. :D