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11.3.10

Today is day 3 of the Pray For Your Husband for 30 days Challenge.   Today’s challenge:

“…love suffers long, and is kind…” 1 Cor. 13:4
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Phil. 4:19 Love indeed suffers long and is kind. As you consider your Encouragement Challenge, determine today that you will not say anything negative to or about your husband. Speak kindly to him with words of genuine encouragement.

I found a great new site – it is totally COOL:  http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/educators.html

 Mount Rushmore, the world’s largest stone monument, is a tribute to four Presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Do you know what else each of these men have in common? As children, none of them had any regular, formal schooling. They were all self-educated or taught at home!

 Homeschooling is defined as the education of children at home rather than at any school or institution. Homeschooling is a modern term but it is a form of education that has been around for centuries. In fact, until the mid-19th century, most children in America were educated at home. This was before the push for development of public schools began in the 1830s-1840s.

I am having a blast, and spending too much time, reading the lists of authors, educators and leaders; this all ties back to my post on Classical Education  and the fact that until very recently home education vas the norm and the standards of public education have never been as high as the achievements of the previous generations taught at home. 

 

Big Brother had his first ever eye appt today.  This was on the recommendation of the OT evaluation.  The appointment was not BAD, but I felt like I had been wrestling a jellyfish after it was over.  we got in the exam room fast and the tech that did all the first stuff did a great job with Big Brother even making him a cheat sheet of the numerals up to 15 so he could point to the answer rather than have to say it after I explained that Big Brother is not so reliable at numeral recognition (he could have done letters).  Sitting in a room full of cool machines, lights, buttons and things that move is hard on any boy, especially an almost 5 yo one.  We were kept waiting in the exam room too long.  Way too long.  Most of his “being cooperative time” was spent sitting around waiting.  That really really bothers me.  This was a PEDATRATIC Optometrists.  Recommended to work with a young child; in fact, suggest BY NAME to see a child that has extra needs beyond the age-typical ones.  If you are a professional that deals with children ALL THE TIME, you should be able to plan to be on time and not keep little ones waiting like that.  My son is not the best waiter, but he is not the worst.  He is not even 5 yet.  They should plan better; they would have happier more cooperative children to work with if they did.  Not like he was the only child there; it is a child’s practice, it really annoys me when places that are supposedly “for children” can not be bothered to be child friendly.  The last part of the appt I held him in my lap, but the arms were constantly reaching for stuff and he would glace at the doctor, do one “game” then try to get down asking to see something else.  During the ‘just vision test’ I was amazed at the small icons he could identify at a distance, minus my glasses I would not have done as well.  The results:  all the things the OT was concerned about she DID see, but he has the ABLITY what he is lacking is ‘endurance;’ or ‘good control’.  So the OT concerns are there, but they are use issues not medical or physical ability issues.  Kind of like the fine motor stuff, his control and use and ‘lasting ability’ is well behind where he is age-wise.  This should not be too big a surprise; his speech is behind, his fine motor is behind, his sleep patterns have been that of a much younger child for a long time (about ‘age correct’ now, finally) and so on.  The Dev Ped we saw 18 months ago said that he is just “brain’ behind; like a pre-mee or something.  That seems to still be the case.  For example:  he can track a moving object without moving his head; he just can’t stay on task very long and will move his entire head to ‘cheat’ if he can; he has the physical ability, just not the skill to use it very long.  This is true of all the OT concerns.  So there are no physical issues, no medical issues, it is all use and application (again).  He is somewhat far sighted, but that is 100% age typical due to size / growth of the eyes and head.  It should self correct.  He DOES of the congenital cataracts that I (and the entire paternal side of my family) has / had – I have had lens replacements so I don’t, technically have them any more.  I was 97% expecting that, I had them; dad had them, my aunt, their dad and so on back in time; so I had no expectation that my boys would “miss” them.  I am not that upset; the advancement in corrective measures have been amazing; the difference in what the medical profession can and will do now as opposed to when I was Big Brother’s age is STUNNING, I am confident by the time he is 10 or 15 or 20 the advancements will even more stunning.  There are many other issues that I would worry much more about, him (or them actually) getting my eyes, is the least of my concerns.  The cataracts are “small and slight” and not effecting his vision at this point in time.  Nothing in today’s evaluation needs to be addressed by her professionally.  She will write it all up for the OT and advise on exercised and “activities” she is going to forward me a full copy of that report.  He does not need vision correction at this point and he is healthy and sees fine.  Great appointment; but totally physically and mentally draining for Momma

 

This afternoon called for a trip to the park.  55 degrees and SUNNY on Nov 3 is a great fall day.  Only stayed about 30 minutes due to the wind; but they boys got sunshine and to stretch their legs.

Once home we played CandyLand.  Big Brother is “all about” getting to play.  He carries it around and presents it to me at the oddest times, like as I am helping them strip for tubbie.  Today we played.  I told Big Brother he had to follow the rules, or I was putting it up and not playing.  He did a great job.  Only once did I have to suggest putting the game up; but only once.  Little Brother started the game with us, all excited, and got up to turn 3.  He carefully took cards for each turn and carefully moved his plastic person; 2 of the 3 turns he was able to “do it alone” (that is find the next correct color).  Then he wandered off.  It took a lot of “ok Big your turn, what is on your card, where is that, move you piece …ok my turn, let’s see what I got, ok I moving …” and so on to keep the game on track, but Big Brother did better than any other time we have tired to play.  But not a “game” for “fun” for momma really – :).  I am glad to see his ability to play improving.

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9.4.10

This three-day weekend started with a beautiful mid-west fall day.  I love fall; crisp cool mornings, bright sunny days that are not too hot to really enjoy, the warm (not hot) sum shining on you (not beating on you).  We ran errands as a family and the boys got to play on two different playgrounds.

We jumped in and started our unit on food and the body today.  Well the food part any way.  Unplanned, actually, but I am always one to try to go along with the desires of the boys and optimize any opportunity that presents itself.  We picked up our first three children’s Inter-Library-Loan books today

and when we got home Big Brother wanted to read.  Big Brother really does love books.  Little Brother is taking more interest in the pictures and tolerates reading more (most days) but just doesn’t snuggle in for books like Big Brother always has.

We read all of Showdown at the Food Pyramid — the only one that is actually a story — and talked about the basics of the food pyramid:  the foods lower on the pyramid were foods we should eat more of, and the foods on top less of.  Big Brother was able to determine for himself that the treats at the top mean we should have “the little-est of”.  He also correctly names examples of all groups except for grains; without the picture to help him.

We read parts of Eat Your Vegetables!  Drink your milk! and The Monster Health Book neither of which are stories but are “fact books” where each topic is a page or two and can be read independently.  I really like The Monster Health Book; it is cute and has so much information it in; but doesn’t seem heavy; a bit old for my boys, but still I really like it.  And the presentation is great, very engaging and cute.  In Eat Your Vegetables!  Drink your milk! We read about the food pyramid again.  Eat Your Vegetables!  Drink your milk!  Is more of a “school like book” reminding me of a book I could have had in health class; a lot less fun than the Monster Health Book. Eat Your Vegetables!  Drink your milk! discussed oils and fats as part of the “treat top” and I think that was beyond Big Brother at this point, as they are not actual foods he recognized (like ice cream or a candy bar).  We read about the VEGETABLE FAMILY in The Monster Health Book and when I asked Big Brother if he thinks we eat 2 or 3 cups of veggies a day he said “no I know we don’t Momma” however when I suggested we should eat more he said “you eat more for us momma” so, apparently, we will have our work cut out for us; but he seems to be following the ideas pretty well if not so much the application.  Ah if only veggies came in yogurt!

I have added The Monster Health Book to my wish list for the boys, it will stand the test of time and is something we can refer to and read for years.  I am glad I got Showdown at the Food Pyramid and like it a lot, but I am glad to have gotten it as a library book, and might request it again.  We’ll read it this month while we have it and might request it again in the New Year to revisit the topic.  Great library book, but I don’t think it would really add much to our family collection to buy it.  (I do wish it was at our home library and not something I had to request ILL).  Eat Your Vegetables!  Drink your Milk we will also read until it is due back; but I won’t be requesting it again.  Not a bad book, good information, but just a little dry and schoolish and not as “engaging” as The Monster Health; which actually has more data in it anyway.

This afternoon Daddy finished up the outer boundary of the sandbox and the boys helped fill it and enjoyed some play time.  Big Brother even got to use the “thumper”.

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Creating Our First Guided Unit (part 1)

Working on a “unit” for Big Brother on the human body and the food we eat.  This is our first real unit, MY first real unit.  I don’t expect him to notice any difference.  It is going to be no biggie for him.  I am a FIRM believer in not pushing academics too young, better late than early in my option (and I am in good company).  Call it guided exploring if will.

However, I am going to put together a full unit.  An outline for myself: goals, resources and all.  I want to do this as practice.  When Big Brother is ready for 1st grade we will use perhaps not a full boxed curriculum but each main subject will be “a curriculum”.  Nevertheless I full intend to continue creating units for us, based on things Daddy and I feel the boys need to learn or accomplish or master.

So this unit is more for Momma to get some practice, for momma to play around.  Big Brother has easily 2 more years before I insist on seat time and start trying to follow a curriculum or expect school to be a daily occurrence.  For now this is mostly for me.  I do have goals for the boys, at least Big Brother, but no demands and no time line.  I get to tinker around with it, see how I want to create order for myself.

I have created an outline for myself; or better stated I am creating an outline  – trying to look at the basic elements; it is not done yet, it is a work in progress.  Daddy reminded me to keep it simple: “he is only 4”.  I am so blessed to have Daddy supportive of slow to academic and not pushing us too soon or too fast.

Books I have – only a few bought with this unit in mind (noted*) and all of them at the used bookstore 50% off sale, most just ones that have accumulated on our self in the past almost 5 years.

Books I have ordered off paperbackswap.com:

I love paperbackswap.com.  I find so many books that not  easy to find.

Books I have requested from ILL so I can review them:

Children’s books:

Adult Books:

I have a couple of books picked out on Amazon.com also:

Web Based resources I am sorting though:

human body stuff

human body art / crafts

Nutrition

My plan is just to be more “intentional” in what I already do with them.  In our art, our readings, in the materials out for them.  I find most all of my homeschooling at this level (prek4/5) is about momma being intentional laying out the “stuff” and letting the boys have at it as they choose.

I plan to do a few “projects” and to stack the coloring table with stuff from above.  I keep a selection of coloring pages out all the time so It is just a questions of putting out new ones and momma choosing them when I sit to color with them.  Not planning on doing a ton of worksheets, unless Big Brother asks for them.  I will find simple ones and have them on hand, but will only offer them as an option when Big Brother asks.

We do reading time at least once a day; and we take turns choosing the books, so I will “stack” my selections and make sure that the human body / food books are out where they can be seen and looked at a lot.

More intentional effort on Momma’s part, but no demands on the boys.

—- stay tuned for Part 2 when I post the outline 🙂 —

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