This is the first year that my kiddos attend different schools. Last year and for the six years prior they attended the small Montessori school in our community. I cannot say enough good things about this school and what it has provided my three kiddos. They are capable of self-directed learning, they know to provide help to younger children who need it, and they understand that it is up to them to keep a clean, tidy and calm environment.
This year my boys (grades 2 and 4) are attending public school. Their transition was very smooth due mainly to the strong foundation they had received.
All this means that I now volunteer at, not one, but two schools - and some days I feel depleted.
At the Montessori school I help organize the school auction, plus I have sewn nine class quilts over the past three years. These take forever to make but generate a lot of money for the school. At the public school I volunteer two days per week, during which time I read with first and second graders who need extra help. I find volunteering very fulfilling but today - after a meeting at one school and reading with kiddos at another - I was feeling like I needed a few minutes of quiet - so I stopped by my favorite "quiet place" - the local library.
And look what I found...
The Domino book brimming with creative decorating ideas, organized room by room. And Jamie Oliver's new book full of gorgeous photography and yummy recipes - all inspired by Jamie's fruit and vegetable garden.
And some books on CD to keep me company while I knit. I read these in college and loved them and am looking forward to enjoying them again.
And finally, a book brought home by my four-year-old today that is making me smile. This serves to remind me why I do all I do and helps keep me going...