the next day we read a story about Grandma Prisbrey who collected pencils as a little girl. as she grew older, she collected many things, like bottles and more pencils, and then she decided that she should build a house out of bottles, for her pencils. and then she decided to build a village out of bottles for herself. and it ended up being pretty spectacular. this is actually a true story!
then today, we looked at a floor plan for a recycling center. we read about a robot who collected junk and everyone said "why do you have so much junk?" and Rosie the Robot said, "i am going to make something new with these things!" and then she made cool springy boots for her brother and a reading light out of a lampshade and flash lights.
anyway, we were reading about stuff and it all felt very relevant to my life. some days i feel like i am on the fast track to becoming the next Grandma Prisbrey (or maybe just my father who has recently converted my old bedroom into a museum). other days i am like the bear. i want things and then i want to throw them all out to the sea. some days i feel bogged down by my things, immobile. i am not Grandma Prisbrey yet! i want to gallop around. i want to be footloose and fancy free. i don't want to worry about where i am going to put my vintage thermos collection! (but i love them!)
maybe i will get a storage unit.
maybe i will move back into my father's museum.
maybe i will build a house for my things out of my things, somewhere safe.
all in all. i think i love the new reading program at school. the interconnections and themes of the stories are wonderful. but! but! there is no tutoring plan.