Tuesday, September 27, 2011

After Homework

After school Anna found a kit to paint two horses. It had been in her closet, but it was one of those things that just got stashed in the back corner when unpacking. She got it out and asked to paint. I knew it would take all of her concentration so I made her do her homework and shower first. She gave me a little eye roll, but obliged the conditions. Then she painted. She was so focused. There were two horses, a mare and a foal. She loved it.
So now I know what to look for to put in her stocking. She really does enjoy artsy things.
There is a pottery place not too far from her and I think we are going to have to make a trip there in the next few months.

I love how focused she was, she completely ignored me taking pictures.
She simply didn't care, she was in her own world and had no need to pose for the camera.
She'd purse her lips when she was working on small spots.

I also like how her hair falls in her face but she doesn't even care she is too busy to notice.

This is the finished foal, I didn't get a picture of the finished mare, but they were both well done.

This is Beau after homework, I have withheld his favorite game from him for the last couple months for no other reason then I could. We don't play a lot of video games, although he could easily get lost in them and play for hours so sometimes I just act like they don't exist.
Yesterday though I obliged his request and he got to play. The internet didn't cooperate so it was very frustrating, but not once did he lose his cool, which in Beau's world is a major accomplishment and a real show of growth. He also had some homework right next to him and when the game fritzed he'd work on the assignment (not due today), I couldn't believe the quality of his work. It was better than if I had just made him sit and do it. Since I didn't force him to just sit and write but let him do two things at once the work was better, more creative, and well written. I don't know that he will get to do both at once often, but it definitely gives me a resource when he's struggling to focus. He has been known to read three books at once, sometimes he just needs to let his brain bounce I think.

Luke did all his homework for the week last night so that he could have his turn on the computer tonight. He also goes to bed about an hour earlier than Beau and Anna much to his dismay. Owen was also in bed, not that he sleeps these days, but he did go down without a tear. I really look forward to being done with teething although we have a long way to go.

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