And I had such great things to say, too!
Two weeks ago on Monday we went to our first day of Homeschool Co-op (it was their 2nd day, we missed the first). I was pretty hesitant to put Max in the Co-op because there’s only one option for Kindergartners, and from what I read about it I could teach it. Why am I going to spend money (ok, it’s only $48 for the entire school year, but still) and give up one of my precious mornings when I could teach him at home? And while he’s there I have to volunteer somewhere at the Co-op. But I decided to give it a try. So we show up the first day and I go to drop Jack off and the nursery’s not there yet (of course…it’s all volunteers). We all three go to G-lab for the opening. It’s harried and hectic, we don’t have nametags, nobody knows what’s going on, blah blah blah. We finally all get settled and then I go to the director to see where I’ll be volunteering. One of her teachers had an emergency and wasn’t there, the Spanish teacher. I wondered if I should tell her I speak Spanish…then all of a sudden she looked right at me and in a joking voice asked me if I spoke Spanish! So guess who taught the beginner’s Spanish class that day!
It actually went very well. There were 16 6-8 year olds. Most of them took turns, I didn’t feel flustered. I didn’t speak as much Spanish as I wanted to, but all in all it was a success.
Well, Max is putting his blue blanket on my head and calling me Mary, guess I’d better go.
Sometime right around starting homeschool Tj sat Max down and told him how to pronounce several words. For the most part Max has a good vocabulary, but he has held on to three words in baby-speak.
open-eel is how he’s said oatmeal for forever
brepris was breakfast
old McDonald’s was just McDonald’s
They’re all cute, but we figured if he went to public school he’d begin to notice/change his pronunciation. Our firstborn is growing up!
Well, we had our first day of homeschool! And it was a success. Of course the curriculum I’m using calls for Max to get a present from his dad today so that’s always good.
It only took us an hour which is very little, and Max is definitely beyond what I taught him today…part of me thinks I should change what I’m doing, and the other part says if I’m going to be adding in Hippy and Hooked on Phonics, with a possible Spanish addition to come later then using this isn’t a problem. I guess we’ll see as we go along.
The way I planned the day we’d take Jack to therapy (usually starts at 8:30 but today and Thursday it’ll be 8:15), get groceries with Max, pick Jack up at 10:45, unload groceries, do a little school while Jack rests and has a snack, Jack to bed while Max and I school, Max plays the Wii. Of course I was forgetting that an hour to unload groceries and do some schoolwork is completely unreasonable…especially if I haven’t completed all prep work the night before. And then the hot tub guy called and came by around noon…
So what actually happened is that we got home about 11:10, unloaded groceries while Jack had a snack, I fixed their lunch and they ate while I talked to the hot tub guy, put Jack to bed and then I ate my lunch while Max played (not the Wii). I got ready for school while he cleaned up the living room and we started school at 1:30pm. I ended going up to Jack’s room 3 or 4 times during school…but all in all it was a great first day.
In lieu of an acutal post I’m just gonna blog some changes I’ve seen in the boys.
Max has started coloring in the lines, and everything in the picture. I’ve stopped getting him to unload the dishes, but he has a list of chores he has to do before he can play the wii. He’s been getting gum every chance he can. He’s good with it so far, nothing stuck to anything else.
Jack is making small headway with stopping the thumb sucking…it’s such a habit, but we’re working on it. I’m sure it’ll be several more months, if not longer, before he doesn’t automatically stick his hands in his mouth. We started putting a “thumb-shirt” on him as soon as we came back from Christmas. I’ve taped his hands occasionally, leaving his fingers free.
I called mom last night to say Jack seems to be obeying more. During the week we were snowed in (Feb 8-12th) I spanked him so many times…the favorites were pulling all the kleenex out of the box/playing with stuff in that drawer, and pulling the umbrella stand down (sucking his hands goes w/o saying). I realized last night he was doing better and so called mom. Of course today he’s found more things to do that he already knows are no-no’s; he pulled a leaf off my plant, etc. Crazy kid.
I put Curious George in Jack’s bed the other night and he immediately picked him up and hugged him and made a sweet sound. It’s fun to watch him with CG, but I invariably find CG on the floor along with his pillow and blanket. :-)