Somehow, we only have 3 weeks before school starts. I don't know how that happened. We have stayed completely busy, spending most days running errands, playing at home and swimming. It's been a wonderful time and I'm so thankful for being able to stay home with Devin. We're all very excited for the new school year, as Devin transitions to the Elementary program at Montessori. To me, this is where the real fun begins. At this point, Montessori starts to be quite different from traditional schools and what most of us remember as school. I get so many questions from friends and family about Devin's school and why we're choosing this route. As with many things, it's both easy and difficult to explain.
So, I think this clip bit is a bit cynical. After all, Matt and I managed to get through the "traditional" system without too much damage. I guess we both are left wondering, "What if?" What if we had been able to pursue our own interests and do things in our own time during our 13 years in school?
And, just one more link. This Dr. talks about the science behind Montessori with a study done in Milwaukee, WI. (Props to Milwaukee btw) I love numbers and data, but a well-designed study (especially in children) is tough to come by. He talks about a landmark study done in 2006 that showed numerous and significant benefits to a Montessori education. And, not just test scores...clear differences in behavior, kindness and collaboration.
Ok. I'll get off my Montessori soapbox now. It's all very intriguing to me, as we make important decisions for our little one.
When Dev ordered a "Cotton Candy Shirley Temple" the other day, we had NO idea that actual cotton candy came with it. She squealed when the waitress rounded the corner. I guess sometimes I still forget she can read. So, now she actually reads the menu and decides what to order. As Judge Judy says, "The questions are going to get tougher!!!" And, they are. Take yesterday in the car. Mom, what does, "Abortion stops a beating heart mean?" Yeah. Good times.
We finally started getting some regular rain. The plants and grasses are much happier and my tomatoes are obscenely huge.
The crazy hot weather, made for some unusual storms and clouds this summer.
I really don't care much for eggplant, but I wanted to try growing one: It worked!
It's been really fun having Dev with me for boring, routine things like grocery shopping and dentist visits. She (and most 6 year olds) have a way of making things...interesting. Although, she seemed to take a little too much delight in watching me suffer at the dentist. I had to get a filling repaired, no big deal.
My most FAVORITE thing is finally upon us: OLYMPICS 2012!!!!
So, I had a little Opening Ceremonies party:) What's more American than ribs, corn on the cob, mac n' cheese and RW&B chocolate covered strawberries? (It was too hot to bake Apple Pie or I would have)