Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Summer Program

Other than a week of camp in August, I have full daily care of Lucia this summer. I will need to be particularly mindful to make sure that she gets regular social contact with others children. I am fine when other children come over to play and they can entertain themselves fairly well without grownup interference. I took a tip from a friend to tell children that they need to work things out so that everyone is satisfied, rather than stepping into conflicts to propose solutions.

Lucia started weaving with her new peg loom yesterday. At school, she discovered how much she loved weaving, and would come home to exclaim about the new colors on her loom. Yesterday, after she wove three colors, I read aloud the Grimms' Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle. There are multiple variations of the rhymes that the maiden calls out, and when I studied the fairy tale for my library school storytelling class, I looked for the most satisfying rhymes:


Spindle, spindle, speed away,
Bring my suitor home today.

Shuttle, shuttle, weave and glide,
Bring my suitor to my side.

Needle, needle, sharp and fine,
Come adorn this house of mine.


Other activities planned for the summer are library programs (though they are quite sparse this year), storytimes at bookstores, weekly park days and daily walks. There will be some piano and swim lessons, too. Quite possibly I will dig out the paving stone kit she received as a birthday present years ago.

Through all of this, I need to work on my manuscript, practice guitar, and sew dolls for the shop. Some days all I want to do is read. When I cook dinner, I try to find recipes that don't require a lot of attention other than occasional stirring. That way, I have no choice but to sit near the stove and read.

11 comments:

Lone Star Ma said...

I hear that! Sounds like a lovely summer, though. Since I still (!) haven't finished my manuscript, I am newly committed to 15 minutes a day at least. Let's be writing buddies.

Saints and Spinners said...

LSM: Yes! Let's email more about that.

woolies said...

I want to weave! Maybe I should start with a children's loom too....
Sounds like a great summer, and would love to hear more about your manuscript.
:)

tanita davis said...

Weaving is such a huge part of the history and culture of this country, and every time I see all the looms and stuff, I'm like, "Hm. Still can't figure it out." We had little looms we made in school out of cardboard and yarn, and made potholders, but that's about as far as I ever went. Lu's starting earlier; I have great hopes for her.

And I hear you on the reading. This is why I have no children - I think I would start reading and forget that the child screeching was mine...

tanita davis said...

When I was a kid, part of my summer program always included math stuff -- because I all too obviously was horrible at math. I hated it. But - I found myself playing this the other day because at heart, I am a math geek. Just not a very good one...

tanita davis said...

More fun for the summer program - Tiny Planets - making up for losing Pluto.

mrsbeccijo said...

Sounds like a great summer!
Beccijo

Saints and Spinners said...

Tanita: Tiny Planets is trouble! Bede is intrigued. I'll have to warm up my brain to play Tiny Raindrops. As for a child screeching... what child screeching? Ha ha. Bede is going to the library to pick up Susan Beth Pfeffer's This World We Live In, and I have a feeling that once I start it, I won't hear anything until it's done.

Woolies and Beccijo: Thanks for stopping by, my fellow NK cronies. Woolies, the ms may never come to anything more than an imaginative exercise, but I'm definitely living in the story inside my head right now.

Jules at 7-Imp said...

I want to be there this summer and partake in all that. Will you adopt me?

Saints and Spinners said...

Jules: Shoot, I was hoping you'd adopt me.

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Well, one of us will adopt the other. Deal. We'll figure it out.