Divide and Conquer

Three children in the house.  What am I supposed to do with them all summer?

Divide and conquer.

Yesterday, Ane spent the morning with her little friend Ella and her baby sister, who are the two sisters whose birthday party she went to earlier this month.  While she was away, Tad had a therapy session at home with our good friend Miss J, who is working with him on his math and reading until she leaves us to get married next month.

With the two older kids either away or occupied, it left Mama free to play with Rerun, and keep the house quiet for the Webmaster, who was working from home.  It also gave Rerun a chance to get into his brother’s things.

After Tad and Miss J were done, the boys were able to stay busy and quiet until Ane got home.  Then it was lunchtime, and then Rerun went down for his nap.  Tad asked for some Batman coloring pictures, and Ane started her summer curriculum with me.  I am designing an entire summer review around the Harry Potter books.  She is reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to me (to work on pacing, diction, slowing down and expression), I have a list of 20 spelling words from the book that she is working on, and I will have some story problems for her to do later so she can work on her math.  Plus she has the math apps on the iPad to work with as well.

Once her work was done, Ane went off to Little Mo’s house to play and ride her bike.  Tad colored and watched Batman while Rerun napped.  Eventually, all the kids ended up outside (Tad biked for a little while with the girls, then went to the backyard so I could keep an eye on him, which he wasn’t that happy about) and the Webmaster fired up the grill for dinner.  The kids ate, kept playing inside, and watched Cupcake Wars before bedtime.

And that was just one day.

I just have to keep them busy so they don’t kill each other.  That’s all I have to do.  Right???

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