When the Kids Are Away It’s Not Time To Play

My wife and kids have traveled north to visit relatives.  They’ve been gone for about three days, and they won’t get back until Monday.  What have I been doing with the family out of the house?  Here’s a sample:

  • Ordered a Costco Pizza (my primary food source)
  • Started teaching a summer class
  • Wrote and revised an old play

Basically, I’ve been lonely, but I’ve been having a good time tinkering with projects that I’ve been meaning to work on — but never found the time while the wife and kids were around to entertain and distract me.

However, now that I’ve gotten some “me” time, I realized today that this is a terrific opportunity to revamp our educational goals.  As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, we lactively learn throughout our summer, even though we are as regimented as we might be during the other seasons.  I am proud of my wife’s teaching accomplishments this year.  the girls have made huge leaps and bounds with math and reading.  And they’ve been on more field trips than I can remember.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve done as well.  Sure, I can use the excuse that I’m the breadwinner.  But the truth is, I could have spent more time with them on science and writing (I’m relatively please with out accomplishments in history).  So, I’ll be spending the rest of this afternoon, in my lonesome house, brainstorming the educatiopnal adventures we’ll be having when the girls return from their vacation.

My first goal: brush up on chemistry, physics, and biology.  So far, I have been using Harcourt Science as my primary textbook.  Any fun useful links or lesson plans you’d care to suggest?