Thursday, August 26, 2010

3 weeks, 3 books ... sigh

Third week of school, third book lost ... this is not a prestigious start to our year.

Sometime in the middle of our first week, we lost Who Built the Pyramids?, one of our Tapestry of Grace books which we were supposed to read portions of for 3 weeks.  I didn't discover it was missing until the start of our 2nd week when I was gathering books again.  It was last seen on the love seat.   It still hasn't turned up, even though we deep-cleaned the living room (under the furniture, too) trying to find it.

Toward the end of our second week, the kids lost both Mummies in the Morning (another Tapestry Of  Grace book we hadn't finished reading) and 9 yo J's Christian Liberty Nature Reader (which is his science book).   I didn't discover they were missing until the beginning of our 3rd week.  Both were last seen together on the dining room table edge.  Both are still missing, even though I have deep-cleaned the boys' bedroom, including exploring the deep, dark abyss under their beds.  I found lots of reading books, 64 spilled crayons, toys, game pieces, and lots of trash under the beds ... but not the books.

I'm really not happy about this.  Sure, I can move 9 yo J up into the next Nature Reader, and replace the missing one before 6 yo M needs it.  Sure, I can just replace these 2 Egypt books via Paperbackswap before we return to year one of Tapestry of Grace in 2014.

At least they weren't library books.  At least it wasn't the math text.  But will it be the math textbook next time?

I was allowing the children to do school in various places, but I think I'm going to have to be "mean" and make them return to the dining room table only.  The main culprit appears to be the boys, who are prone to wandering off from schoolwork anyway.  I've got to put a stop to the lost books, and more structure seems to be the only method I can come up with.

I do NOT like lost items.  It drives me crazy to know something is misplaced.  Steve says I become obsessed with locating the item, where he's usually more relaxed about it.  But when the items are SCHOOL BOOKS and I'm in the final weeks of a pregnancy ... it's even more frustrating.

They have designated places to put their school books, and our Tapestry of Grace books.  Really!

The top milk crate is supposed to hold our Tapestry of Grace books when not in use.  I gather together 2-3 weeks worth of books, as well as the core books we'll use throughout the year in this crate.  (Though the older two have their history spines in their personal milk crates at the moment.)

These milk crates sit on top of a built-in buffet that separates the living room and dining room spaces, which are really one large room.  This is where they are supposed to put their textbooks and notebooks when they're not being used.  Not the love seat, dining room table, living room floor, or wherever else they've been leaving their books.

See, we really do have a plan.  The school books do have proper homes.  They just aren't making it back to their homes.

I've calmed down now.  But the two different days we discovered the books were missing ... I was not calm then.  Someday these books are going to show up in the most  absurd place.  We might even laugh about it then.  In the meantime, we just move on, I guess.  Bye,  Ancient Egypt!  It's time to study the Sumerians and Ancient Mesopotamia next.

But if one more reading book disappears, I'm going to seriously consider that these are intentional acts of sabotage from a boy who'd rather be outside climbing trees and building things than reading.

Still looking for lost books,
April E.