After a whole school year of painful sessions of sitting at the table and practicing penmanship the kids have discovered a fun summer game. They write a funny sentence and then Dad corrects the spelling. The most recent sentence: "Dad likes to smell trash".
After a year of Kindergarten I scored two kids that learned to read. Emma didn't want to be left out in the learning and was always hovering over Elias's shoulder. As a result she can read and I mean really read. I often find her in her bedroom with book in hand.
The other day after completing his sweeping chore Elias announced he had named all of our chairs. Dad's chair was named "Studying", Emma's "Reading", Brooke's "Everything", Elias's "Karate", and Mom's "Milk". All the names describe what we do. Mine is milk because I "sit around and feed Zach milk all day". This explains why our summer pictures are mostly inside pictures. Tis the season this summer.