So, if last week was field-trip week, this week was hit-the-books week. We've been doing History/Art Lessons every morning covering Ancient Greece. We've made Medusa masks and sculptures out of clay, listened to Greek myths on CD. Yesterday we learned what it meant to be Spartan. (7 yr. olds being sent off to battle school?? no wonder that culture didn't last) We did some excercises and stretching, running around the house (what's new about that?) and some gymnastics in the living room. Today was review day where the girls roll the dice and earn hard cash for answering questions. I think it was rigged because somehow nobody ever rolled a 1 or 3 meaning no math or science???
With their earnings I thought it would be a good time to introduce Tithing. It didn't go over very well with Kate. Giving 8 cents of her 80 was too much to ask. She suddenly reverted back to a 2-year old's vocabulary, "NO, MINE" (sound familiar?) and then went stomping out of the room with ALL her money. Did I wait too long? Was not my testimony of the blessings of tithing sincere enough? Do 7 yr -olds have any agency? Where do we sign up for battle camp?
If she was in charge of the world she would have her own huge TV in her own room, her own pink phone so she could call her friends at midnight. We would go to Disneyland this summer and have no school. She may seem quiet and meek but she is opinionated. Also she would play Webkinz all morning on her own laptop.
NOTE: If your kids don't know what Webkinz are try to keep it that way. Once they learn you will never get to use your computer again. Basically they are stuffed animals with online passwords that they type in and create their own world. They can play games to earn webkinz cash to buy all kinds of stuff for their pet: toys, food, beds, clothes, etc. Everyday she has to "feed it and put it to bed" sometimes it needs dr. checkups even! Anyway, besides being SUPER FUN for 2nd graders it might teach them money management and responsibility. They don't have to pay tithing in Webkinz.
I think the man of the house needs to take over this one. Any ideas? Persistence? Someone...is breathing down my neck right now waiting for her turn to play Webkinz...