Friday, September 29, 2006
My son loves the Lord and has a very close relationship with him. He would share his faith with others in line at the grocery store at the age of 2! He will preach the good news to anyone who will listen and a few who wouldn't. I wish I could say that I have done the same. He prays for family members who don't know the Lord. He once prayed for a fish that was swimming on its side and it got better. My son is a thinker he thinks about everything all the time. He has taught me to stop and think. I love the questions he asks. I don't like having to look up the answers all the time. I guess you can say we are learning together. I hate to admit this but many of his questions go way over my head. SHhhhhh...... Don't let him know that. He stands back and watches everything. He doesn't care what the toy does at all. He always "needs" to know HOW the toy works. "JUSTICE" is what he searches for all the time. We think of him as our young Yoda. He always wants what is right and fair. He has taught me to take a minute to see the others person side before I say you are wrong and I am right. He will often give up things so he can be fair and do what's right. If he and his sister each had 6 candies and his sister lost hers he would give her 3 of his to make it even. He would do the same for someone who wasn't his sister. I once had to leave the register at Best Buy so I could walk him across the store to give a lady a dime she dropped on her way in the store. I often wonder if I would have done the same. He has taught me responsibility. From about the age of 2 he always felt the need to pick up in a store. If a toy is on the floor he needs to pick it up and put it on a shelf in the correct spot. In my 6 years of being his mom he has shown me to stand up with my faith, remember to pray for those often forgotten, look at the other side before deciding right from wrong, think about what is fair and honest, and to be responsible even at times it could be someone else's job. I am so grateful to be able to now see things this way.
My dd is a ball of joy. She has taught me to LOVE life. She is happy full of laughter. She will dance and never cares who sees her do it. She loves to sing and dance. Her singing is a lot like screeching at times and yet she never worries that someone might notice she is off key. She has such a great understanding about who she is. It would be very hard for someone to hurt her self esteem. She doesn't care what others think about her sillyness. She can make you get up and dance when you don't want to. She is afraid of nothing. She climbs the walls and jumps off furniture. She has a contagious laughter. She is FUN. She will find a way to make everything we do FUN. She has a wonderful old fashioned side to her. She loves fabric, yarn, cooking, cleaning, and mothering her dolls. I would love to say I taught her all of that stuff but that wouldn't be true. She seasons plastic food and asks with a please for us to taste it. She mothers her babies in a way that is so loving. She carefully wipes down the house with a damp rag and never skips a spot. She has a giggle that makes me laugh when I am in the worst of moods. She has taught me to laugh when I want to cry, to live when I want to sleep, to jump and dance for fun, to sing and not care how it sounds, how to show love from deep inside, and to always have fun.
I think my parents spent a lot of years trying to teach me all that stuff. I was young and immature I wasn't ready to learn it. Now that I am a Mom I am finally getting it. You know it is true.... You need to be a parent to know how much your parents loved you. The love children show us is so great. I am so happy that I can be a Mom!
My parents made this for my son a few years ago. They have a wood shop and the logs are cut very smooth. We once had a lot more blocks but My son uses them in his room for his toy men to fight on. We got them at first for him to paint on. I wanted them so my son could make little wall decorations. He did paint up a bunch. They have a lot more fun building with them. When they build they can take down and build again. When they paint them they don't have much interest in them afterward.
I posted a few weeks ago about a pre-writing page I made for dd. I had to tape it to the table to use it. I forgot to write that 2 days later I made her one with shelf liner. I like this a lot better. I was worried that the tape would damage my table if kept the old paper one around for long. This one has green dots to start with, the color lines to follow and red dots to stop on. It is not my best work but it will do!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
note...... I don't think my way is RIGHT or that anyone is wrong!!! I have a lot to learn still and I am only writing what works for me right now! I might change my thinking next year, next week, or tomorrow. Right now the method I use came from my Mom. She didn't use the exact same punishments but the same way of thinking.
When my 6 year old runs, jumps, or gets ants in his pants I send him out in our yard to run laps. I have him run as fast as he can 5 laps in the yard. If he uses a LOUD voice inside he has to run laps in the front yard and sing or yell as loud as he can for 5 laps. I feel that my son is VERY ACTIVE! Not in a bad way it is just how God created him. I don't feel that making him lay in his bed, sit in a chair, or spanking the right punishment for him when he is bouncing around and only needs to burn off some of his energy. I don't have time to scold and correct him all day long. I need that time to teach him his school work, care for his little sister, clean the house, cook meals, hang clothes and all the other stuff on my list. This works well for us. If he gets mouthy at ALL when I tell him to do 5 laps he has to do 6. If he does a maawww do I HAVE to? It goes up another. I will cheer him on with his laps sometimes. I will stand on the porch and say WOW! You are running fast! When he gets in I ask him if he ran out the energy or does he need to go back out. He always says he ran all his extra energy out. He is happy. I am happy. For my family it is a win win happy solution. I find that I can get back to our school work quicker this way.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
This was a quick craft I had the children do the other day. I took my DH's roll of packing tape cut out 2 strips about 10 inches long. I put them down on the table sticky side up. I taped the ends to the table some so they didn't stick to the children. I had a bag of assorted spangles hiding in a craft corner. I had the children stick the spangles on the tape and then put a piece of card stock on top. Punch a hole and add a yarn. Quick easy book mark. I used stuff we had around the house so I didn't have to run out and buy stuff.
Friday, September 08, 2006
This is my set I made 3 Bible people www.makingfriends.com I made up a simple boat. My fish is a simple shape I did on my own in about a minute. I used waves I had from years ago. I used colored pencils to color the boat and people.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
A few hours later I looked over and saw her USING HER POINTER on her OWN going down the animals! She is enjoying this. I guess it was a fun thing to to after all!
I should let you all know that she wasn't screaming because I was pushing her. She was yelling because she likes to tear paper. I never FORCED her to move her hand. I didn't make her do this activity. She could have walked away at any time. She screams a lot because she doesn't have enough words. She screams even when she is happy. She likes this activity now. She has done it several times on her own and giggles when she does it. Yes! We do make a big deal when she does it to encourage her to do it again.
I am sharing this long story to give others a look into "how" we do things. I have read things over the years that other people do but I can't always figure out "how" they do it. I thought that because this story went so wrong and turned out good maybe someone else would "see" how I work around things when it goes bad. I am not saying it is the right way to do things! It is the way my family is doing things right now.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
We read the story of Jonah and worked on the verse Obey God. We also clapped to the music. All of that was all from HOH for a 2 year old. I know she isn't 2 but I already had the program and did it with my son when he was 18 months old.
She wanted to color with markers (she can't use crayons well yet). She did draw on her face. I made up some of what I call HOP MATS for her. Today we did the number one. My mats for her are about 12in X 12in. When anyone in our family walks from the kitchen to the living room we have to hop on and shout ONE. My DD thinks this is FUN!
I used the grip type of shelf liner and sharpie to make them up. I will add 1 or 2 at a time.Square and circle.
LETTERS! This is my take on letters. You need sounds of the letters not names to read. Most of our reading and writing is lower case. I will show her both but I am only looking to "teach" the lower case (I feel that will be done in the next 3-4 years). I will teach sounds over names of letters. My goal is to help her read later on not sing the ABC song. We do say our ABC's but it isn't as important as the sounds for me. Below you will see my "a" mat we will say "aaaaaah" DH and DS might say "A goes aaaaah" That will be OK. I do hope everyone does the aaaaah part when walking on the a. I will use blue for a,e,i,o,u and red for all other letters. I do like Montessori way of teaching reading but I don't follow it exactly. KWIM? I don't think children hop and shout letter sounds in a Montessori classroom. I am just doing what "fits" for my family.
Some of the ways we use the hop mats are hop and shout. Run to the "circle". Toss a bean bags on them. Set up hopscotch with them. Sit on them. Put an apple on the letter a. Put one toy on the number one, two on the 2 and so on. Spelling words and lots of other silly games. I will try to post how we are using them as we get going. I came up with the idea for my son when he was young. He was older than 14 months. He learned very quickly and they didn't get a lot of use our of his letter, number, skip counting sets. I still use this style of teaching with him. His mats are a LOT smaller and he walks on his hands with me holding his feet to do drills. He has a multiplication set I don't think I ever posted. I will do that this week. I have a hop mat grammar sets posted .... http://schoolnsuch2.blogspot.com/2006/06/grammar-game.html#links My DD is trying to help me type this so I will have to write more later. We are going to read some books. She likes me to read I'm a little tea pot over and over. Hmmm.... I think I need to make up a felt set for that song.