Monday, September 13, 2010

Class is now in session

These are a few of my favorite pics from the weekend.

John and I believe that it's important for our kids to learn how to work, play, and REST. We try really hard to build rest into our weekends. Rest can take a lot of different forms, including the time and space to let kids be kids and let their imaginations take over and creative play unfold. Abbey played "school" with her dolls all day Saturday. Literally from sun-up to sundown. It made me smile every time I walked past her room and saw scenes like this:
Our weekdays during the school year are full. By the time our kids get home from school, finish homework, eat dinner, and shower, there are precious few minutes left in the day for them to play and just be "kids". I think that's one reason I love weekends soooooooooo much and why these pictures just make my heart happy.

And by the way? The "teacher" thought it would be fun to give me a cursive test. I got 13/26 letters incorrect. Seems I've taken a little too much creative license with my cursive alphabet since my second grade days with Sister Florentine. :)

12 comments:

Kendra said...

I stink at handwriting. I used to get "N" in handwriting. As in needs improvement. And my mom taught handwriting. Wayne's is worse. I feel for our kids.

We are big about "rest" time, too. I hate being overly busy. I prefer to hang around the house, playing or going for walks. That's why I'm reluctant to let my kids do team sports. How can they learn to relax and just "BE" if we are too busy "DOING" as a family. Good lesson you are teaching your kids!

Deena said...

How fun!! I love seeing the picture of S & A's room. So cute!

Lauren said...

Seriously, Mere, this post is just too precious!!!!! :) And I think I know what she would be great out when she grows up!!

Elizabeth said...

So cute! I used to do the same thing with my dollies and my oldest is just now growing out of it. My mom used to collect old textbooks for me to teach from. I loved being the teacher and reprimanding my lazy students:)

Btw, her room is adorable!

Anonymous said...

I am a lurker who loves your blog! My daughter does the same thing with her dolls, and she is now 11 years old and in the 6th grade. It is so sweet!

Hope
Raleigh, NC

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Hope,

Shhhh. Don't tell anyone but my 12 year old daughter still plays dolls with her sister too! She was gone for several hours on Saturday so Abbey mostly played alone this time, but it's not unusual for them to be found playing together on the weekends. LOVE that. :)

Meredith

Katrina said...

I really like the idea of "teaching" rest for the weekend. Love the post! Love the imagination! Sorry about the cursive exam. Although I would probably not do so well on it either.

Angela said...

Ok, just stop with the sweetness. That is so precious. I used to do that all the time when I was little but have yet to see my girls do it. And so stinkin' funny about your 13/26 score. I'm afraid I would have done much worse. I gave up on cursive years ago. So sad.

Kecia said...

I love it! (And I'm in on the secrets, too--12-year-old Jessica plays dolls with her lil sisters. I'm glad she had the excuse!)

The Frat Pack + Me said...

That reminds me of myself as a little girl! I then became an elementary school teacher for 9 years. Now that the boys are older I am considering heading back to the classroom. I would love it if I had photos of myself playing school!

Angie said...

Love the classroom pics. My handwriting has always been awful. My kids cursive is way better than mine.

Dionna said...

Those are such sweet pictures.

I believe in rest too and it's really hard to teach your kids when you struggle to find it for yourself! But I'm hanging in there and trying to get the point across when I can. :)