Johnny went on his 'big school' visit morning today. He seemed fine, but has pronounced it "too noisy". Spoiled by the Zen-like calm of his current Montessori setting, evidently. He only has 6 days remaining at his pre-school and I'll be so sad to see this phase pass. Leaving him there never felt gut-wrenching in the way that I feel about the bear pit that is Primary School.
Not that the boys' school is big, or bad. To the contrary. But it does mark the start of their entry into a dog-eat-dog kind of existence. Competition for scarce resources. Asserting yourself, or being lost in the crowd. Being popular or exiled to the sidelines. And that's just the mothers in the playground!
Anyway, we have a whole summer to wallow in just being, before we need to face reality and the boys are very enthusiastic about this project:
I fell in love, a while back, with an index card based project (the blog of which is now inactive and I can't find a link to it), and have decided to do my own this summer. The boys want in on the idea too. Mark has always been a scrapbook fan (I think it appeals to his pack-rat tendencies) and Johnny just wants to play with us big kids. It should also scratch the 'make something' itch, which tends to emerge in the school holidays when I have much less child-free time.
So a summer of documentation and creativity on little 6x4 cards. Can't wait for it to begin. Would you care to join us?