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Apparently it’s Wednesday again. And apparently I missed posting last week. But here we are, chugging along.
I’m not even going to bother with the WIP Wednesday sales pitch today. If you want to join me, I’ll be thrilled. If not, well, I’ll be a meme/feature of one. Whatever. Here’s my contribution to productivity this week:
Completed: Photo editing and printing
I went through the contents of 3 computers (four, come to think of it – I raided my mom’s photos too) and came up with close to 600 pics. Cropped ’em to 4×6 dimensions, dropped ’em off with instructions to duplicate most of them, picked ’em up. I now have 900 prints awaiting their destinies. I’d like to say that I’m going to scrapbook some and organize the others to give as gifts, but I can’t. It just isn’t going to happen this week. As far as I’m concerned, scrapbooking will have to wait for miserable weather.
Completed: Teacher gifts
In the end I didn’t do the fabric book covers. I reconsidered and realized that they’d probably just end up as more clutter… so K and I made challah dough in the morning before school, and at lunchtime I dropped off freshly baked challah for her teachers. Each challah was wrapped in a pretty piece of cloth and accompanied by a handmade card. I actually had the foresight to photograph the cards, so here you go:
In progress: fabric number cards
In Montessori, children learn the numerals by feeling them – tracing along a sandpaper number. The sandpaper provides a “control of error” (i.e. the child easily knows what is part of the numeral and what isn’t) and the tracing motion prepares the child for the motion of writing the numerals later on.
K began working with the sandpaper numbers just before the end of the school year. She’s confidently identifying numbers 1 through 4. While I’m generally a fan of letting the kids play freely, I’ve noticed that K loves this kind of work. And given that she’s not in any kind of program this summer I’m pretty sure that less than an hour of “work” per day isn’t a problem.
And, of course, I got inspired by a blogger – Meg McElwee over at Sew liberated. Her new book has just come out with a whole bunch of sewing projects that kids will adore using. I haven’t gotten my hands on the book just yet, but I was instantly drawn to her “irresistible numbers” – fabric numbers appliqued onto fabric squares. I’m creating my own this week, using felt for the numerals and some soft, smooth linen (ripped up strips from some very old pillowcases) for the squares. In the photo from Meg’s book the numbers are organized/stored using clothespins attached to a pretty branch. I love it!
So by next Wednesday, expect to see some colourful numbers here. As for the branch, I’ll keep an eye out.
In progress: back door hardware
We had an accident last week. K was playing in the backyard, I was in the bathroom and Mr. D was in the basement. Apparently K started calling for us to open the door so she could come in and pee, but neither of us heard her. The result? A puddle of pee on the back porch, and a sad kid.
The problem is this:
Yep, it’s one of those door handles that requires a fair bit of thumb strength to use. K can’t open it from the outside.
The good news is that it’s an easy problem to fix. $15 and a trip to Canadian Tire should get me what I need, and it probably only takes fifteen minutes to replace the thing. I plan to get the kind of latch where you simply pull up on the handle to open it.
I’ll be very relieved when K can go in and out as she pleases.
That’s it for me, folks. What are you doing with your time this summer?