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Archive for the month “August, 2012”

Figuring Out 5 Years Old

I’ve caught myself commenting to several friends lately, “5 years old is kicking my butt.” Here are a few little “5 year old” situations from just the last 24 hours:

  • Gut-wrenching tears over losing a game of No-Stress Chess (or was it Spanish Bingo?)
  • Lying about the keys she’d snagged while visiting at her abuela’s house and trying to open a locked door with her new playmate/second-cousin Read more…

The Birthday Boy

  • Weight – 21 lbs 7 oz (v. 8 lbs 10 oz at birth)
  • Height – at least 30 inches (v. 21 inches at birth)
  • 6 teeth he’s had for a while now, not SO so much hair yet
  • Still taking two naps and sleeping 11 hours at night (no, not straight through yet!) – some signs he’ll move to 1 nap soon Read more…

Hello Kitty Mummies and More

I’m thrilled to be starting Ancient History with Miss D!

  1. It’s fun to learn these great, big, exciting stories – what’s not cool about mummies and pyramids?
  2. I’m learning things I never knew I never knew, like why Upper Egypt is in the South (ok, geography is not my strong point!)
  3. It’s giving her amazing context for the stories of her faith – without any “drilling,” she can put the Red Sea in relation to the Nile Delta on the map Read more…

That Third R

‘Rithmetic, check. Reading, going well – well enough I feel like we should start tiptoeing into spelling and some phonics reinforcement for D, who tends to rely primarily on her whole-word recognition skills. Writing – well, she likes to, so that’s good. Letter formation – probably a little behind her peers.

I’d prefer to spend more of our time on her strong areas, so we’re spending just a little time on this weak one first thing every morning, right after our circle-time-ish stuff. Read more…

The Mystery Jar

What’s really working in our homeschool this week: The Mystery Jar.

So many things beyond the basics look fun and enriching to do with Miss D. On the one hand, the thought of scheduling so many bits and pieces makes me want to hide under the bed. On the other hand, I don’t really trust myself to encourage her to try these things without having it as part of the routine somehow. Read more…

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