I get so tickled at Mercedes. She is so her own little person (not so little anymore at 9). She's definately a neat freak - tonight she didn't go to bed until 11:30 because she wanted to make sure the house was clean before she went to sleep. Her bedroom is kept very neat and clean. Also, because she's so competitive, she spent half an hour extra working on her math while I was blogging. Just for fun, let me point out that her Sun sign is Taurus - stubborn, bull headed, and very sensual, liking things "just so" and disliking things out of order. Her idea of "homeschool" is rather rigid "school at home," working on certain projects at certain times, and finishing her day with a good book in bed. She reminds me of the "Story About Ferdinand." She's perfectly content to sit under the cork tree and smell the flowers. Unless she gets stung, then watch out!
Jared, on the other hand, is a Pisces. What a riot. He just floats around doing things boys do. He's not into structure at all. In fact, school irritated him the few days he went - he complained that they had all these games stacked up but wouldn't let anyone play with them. Made no sense to him at all, and he was relieved to come back home. He's one to wake me up the second the sun breaks over the mountains because it's time to go play. Forget eating, sleeping, being clean - he's busy! He's got mudpies to make, snakes to watch, grasshoppers to catch, and friends to play with. Read? Um, well, Mom can read to him while he's in the tub, because he's got too much else to do. Unless it's raining, and then he's happy to curl up with a good book. Sometimes he just sits and thinks, and then he tells me some of the funniest things (and I'll post them later.)
Me? I'm the rather lassaiz-faire Aquarius mom. One of the best ways I've heard Aquarius described is a "bouncing crystal ball." And that's me. It's a good thing I'm required to do school at home, because that would drive me up the wall and across the ceiling in a week. I like to suggest activities for the kids, and then let them try by themselves. I'm glad to help, but I want them to learn to do things on their own., and to ask for help when they need it.
And it all works. Mercedes reads very well. Jared reads quite well, but he needs more practice because he doesn't want to read anything challenging. They're both on track with math, but they need some more consistency.
It's all an adventure, and I'm glad I'm on it with these great kids.