I took Flufy to the library recently, so we could have a little quiet spot to help him work out a math problem he was having, and once he got the hang of it I was left to wander the New Book section.
This is what I came home with.
Yesterday, being Sunday (and a hot, humid one at that), I decided some lazy time was in order. I plopped myself down on the couch, feet up on my newly-refurbished stool, jar of ice water on the table next to me, and dug into that pile of library books.
I spent the most time with Geek Mom (surprised? no, I didn’t think so).
As usually happens around this time, three days away from the end of the school year, I wonder how on earth I am going to keep the kids from wasting their entire summer in front of the computer. Lori of Project-Based-Homeschooling fame, has been writing lately on the subject of screen time, (more specifically, why she doesn’t worry too much about it), and I find that she has helped me approach this summer from a new perspective. I don’t want to think so much about limiting BOG and Flufy‘s screen time anymore. My focus should really be on providing enough opportunities to experience the things that I think are Good and Important. If we have enough outdoor time, social time, creative time, family time, and whathaveyou, then the fact that they choose to spend what’s left playing Minecraft (or whatever) shouldn’t really matter.
Besides, I actually really like the skills that they are acquiring through their involvement with Minecraft. Their screen time has always been more constructive than it has been passive, and so I’ve usually been on the more generous side of limits. Still, the need for limits has been omnipresent in my mind for many a summer. Lori’s approach turns my thinking topsy-turvy (but in a good way).
With that in mind, Geek Mom is giving me some ideas for do-together stuff. I may have to get my own copy of this book so I can bookmark the daylights out of it. (Also, there’s a website. Cool!)
You can see more about the other books in the pile here.
So, what are you reading these days? Any good nonfiction recommendations?
P.S. Totally unrelated, but how about that supermoon?