The kids are asleep. And the little elves (read: DH and me) come out to work!
We brainstorm, we choose, we draft, we critique, and finally when we’re satisfied with our lesson plan, we prepare the materials for the Friday art and craft session.
We chat, joke, scribble, erase, draw, mark, cut, arrange, refine…and finally we put away all the supplies, lay out the materials on the table and call it a night.
It’s great fun to talk about new craft techniques that we can explore with each new lesson plan.
It’s exciting to think about what other learning opportunities could be gained and plan how we could possibly reinforce the lesson with a field trip.
It’s wonderful to be able to do something relaxing and creative that we know will benefit the family and provides a conversation topic for DH and DD when DH gets home from work.
It’s fulfilling when we see DD enjoy the activity and later on point out something from daily life to associate it with the lesson.
It’s constructive couple time for us as we work together on a shared activity with a common objective.
And the best part about this is that it’s a sustainable family bonding activity, because there’s always something new to learn every day for both parent and child. 🙂