The eleventh hour, the twelfth hour, the oneth hour – Usually my son and I are up in his room ready for STORIES AND STUDIES by 10 pm, but a few times a year something upsets the schedule
(let’s not go there right now) and we aren’t able to start until maybe 11 pm? Midnight? 1 am? Despite the pitifully late hour, despite the fact that my eyes are one eyelash away from slamming shut, my son is still counts on his STORIES AND STUDIES time. We had such a late-nighter earlier this week.
It was time for THE EXPRESS PLAN:
- one chapter from one book – right now we are mesmerized by R.J. Palacio’s blockbuster “Wonder” – not only an outstanding read for us, but the chapters are mostly only two or three pages long.
- one poem – something soporific…something like Robert Lewis Stevenson’s wonderfully rhythmic “The Swing” or John Masefield’s “Sea Fever”.
- quick math computation problems instead of a story problem – a few nights ago I had my son figure out the age difference between himself and 4 members of the family.
- three of our shorter classical music recordings:
- May we suggest Chopin’s “Minute Waltz”, more formally known as “Waltz in D-flat major”, composed in 1847. It is only two minutes in length (the “Minute” refers to the “tiny” definition (mine-oot), not the “60 second” definition). Perfect:
- followed by a few pieces to induce drowsiness…something like Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy”, the last half of movement 1 (the adagio cantabile) (5 min), composed in 1880:
- and wrapping up with Peter Lutkin’s “May the Lord Bless You and Keep You” (2 minutes), written in 1900:
– zzzzzzzZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz –
Even when we are on the express plan, this is the best part of my day.
– Jane BH