Friday, September 30, 2011

Septemeber is gone

Well I am not sure of what happened here. I seems as if just yesterday I was beginning school and we put up our September calendar heading. Sadly it is now time to take it down?? WHAT?? So here is what we did in September -
School began and it is going great. It isn't perfect and trying to add our Little Man to the mix is very rough. Some days it all just happens(through the Lord) and some days we have to simply stop. Bean is reading more fluently but is still stuck in the Dick and Jane books. We tried a new book this week to no avail. Similar words in a different print style. We will contnue. EC is doing wonderfully. She is learning to read and write and she can actually sound out her words where as Bean can't. Buddy is coming along. He likes to read the letter zero! :) He is learning though. He likes to count for strangers and when he sees a number he has to just yell it out. Letters are not happening at all yet but they will stick eventually.
Ray - well, she is still a handlefull. I have things for her to do during school but she prefers to be the teacher. She likes to sit in my lap or in the other kids seats but never her own desk. We are woking on obedience.

Yesterday was Ray's birthday. She is now three. She had wonderful day except that we went to the Doctor that monring for her and Little Man's check-up. Everyone ended up getting hots(except Lilly- she got the flu mist) but Ray had a bad reaction and ran a good fever and cried all night. So did Little Man. But since Layne was out of town, we didn't even really celebrate her day big. We did give her gifts and Grandma came over because I forgot to tell her there was no party but we had fun. We were supposed to go Apple Picking today but with two ill babies, I pass.

What a month..I guess it didn't fly by so fast. I look forward to what the Lord has planned for October.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Our first day of school was today. If the entire year goes this smooth...I might survive - I mean we will have great fun! Bean is beginning third grade. Her reading is improving and might be considered borderline first grade. So to begin her and EC together will be good. EC of course is beginning first grade. They will have some areas of work that are almost identical and then some that aren't. Bean will be learning cursive in a few weeks which is a plus in her book. EC will not. However, Bean has a few more writing assignments and projects - that she is as of yet unaware of.

Buddy has begun kindergarden. He loved it all! He was so ready to write and read and color. I was impressed with his zeal. He was ready for recess though when it was time and then wanted to come back for more. He liked the math. Math U Can See. I am trying it with all the kids this year. How will i go? I guess we will see :)

My little Ray of Sunshine was great. She sat patiently waiting for her instructions. She loved sitting in her "little Deskes" She color and drew like there was no tomorrow. She went through her flashcards. Only one is with great sorrow and remorse that I sit here and type that we lost purple crayon this morning. He was a good wax stick. He did his best to turn the blue skies purple...He added a beautiful hue to all that he met. His life with us was just a short few minutes from box to trash. In his honor I am thinking it would have been appropriate for some purple rain to fall today. Or at least a purple haze.

In the afternoon we did a lot of outdoor activites and we made apple way you nutrition minded psychos!!! We did not learn about good healthy food. We dipped oreo cookies into melted red candy and stuck pretzels and fruit snacks on them. See, I try to be ahead of the times with my teaching. Right now, the big push is for nutrition in school, for less obeseness and more health. Well, I can see a mile down the road. This will be like all school trends. In a few years some genius will do some reseach and find that we are better off feeding kids cookies and candy. So I am gonna go ahead and being that band-wagon...feel free to jump on at any time. I say Free the Fritos!! Toss the Twix! Suck up the Sneakers!! and Obliterate the oreos!!! Don't tread on my decision and my choice to fill my family full of sugar and MSG and numerous other things I can't even pronounce!! VIVE the SUGAR!!!

Sidenote- we had grilled chicken and green beans for dinner

plus another apple oreo for dessert- HEE HEE