Since we spend most of our days within the house during the heat, encrusted mosquito, summer. I have to come up with ways to get the boys to help me clean (without being a drill sergeant) which, is actually my nature. So, I have 'enlisted' the help of my trusty Breast Cancer awareness timer to ten minutes interof mayhem. The boys race each other to see who can pick up the most stuff from their floors or other rooms. Not bad eh? In ten minutes they are zooming to clean their rooms; I clean up the bathroom, master bedroom, hallway, or vacuum upstairs. Rarely does this have to go on more than twice day but, they actually enjoy the competition and keeps focus on the task. Little by little, I will move the hand to 15 minutes to expand their cleaning range and work out.
We also use this timer in the classroom to get their minds on staying on task. Twenty minutes of math drills, letter reconition, or some other scholarly pursuit. Really, Saenz's focus is growing more each day with less dwelling on being a failure. It is not easy building his confidence back to where it should be. Zephyr loves to set this and hide it somewhere. Little monster! LOL
This weekend we are expecting a visitor. Our Lisa will be coming down Saturday to stay for awhile. The boys are stoked, and I ordered a GRILL package from Omaha Steaks to celebrate. Zephyr has his own method of keeping track of when his Big Sister arrives and constantly asks: IS SHE COMING THREE (down from ten) DAYS AFTER THAT????
Another side bar, Our remaining Guineas went on 'walk about,' for three days and decided to come home this morning. I was quiet surprised but so happy to see their noisy, kissable faces. Welcome Back!