We finally got to Michael's craft store today. They don't do educator's discounts, but I still got a lot of stuff for less than $40. I got pipe cleaners (they're called "chenille stems" now - did you know that?), googly eyes, modeling clay, popsicle sticks, pompoms, stickers, small beads, craft thread, paint, large foam squares, and small hinged wooden boxes for them to decorate. I found out there was a kids craft going on there at 1pm so all my kids stayed for that. It was a good 45 minutes and it was one wooden piece fitted into an L shape that they painted (for Mother's Day). K's was a cat and cathouse (?), J's was a bird and birdhouse, and W's was a dog and doghouse. Very cute. There's one every day this week since the ps kids are off from school.
When we got home W played with the modeling clay (the color came off all over him! LOL) and the girls made mini beach flip-flops out of the foam squares. They found this idea in one of their craft books. K then made a nice lunch for everyone - her own recipe, consisting of spaghetti, tuna, sauteed garlic, and cream of mushroom soup. It wasn't half bad! J spent the next hour talking on the phone with her friends, testing out our new 3-way calling feature, K made me an awesome bracelet by diagonally braiding 4 pieces of craft thread and beads, and W is just running around with blue all over his body.
I have decided NOT to put W into full-time PreK in September. He will go to what's known as "universal PreK" which is free here in NYC. It is 2 1/2 hours a day (9-11:30am), 5 days a week. This will save me $315 a month and have more time to spend with W. I originally felt he should do full day since I was now "teaching" J and she needed all the 1-on-1 possible with me and no distractions. Now I feel differently about all of that since we have started unschooling. I want W to be a part of everything we do.