Thursday, February 27, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
The chore chart works to record the chores, and this week, it got completely filled! Every kid was able to use it easily, even Abi. Also, I used a Sharpie on it, so it doesn't get rubbed off. A little tip on using white boards: you can use a Sharpie, and when you want to erase it, scribble over it with a whiteboard marker and erase. It comes right off.
The kids received their dollars this week (I wrote a tiny initial in the corner of each bill so no thievery can occur). They are scheming whether to spend or save, depending on their personalities. I'm just thrilled that the chores got done this week. :)
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Never underestimate the power of snuggling with your kids. God can use it to even heal terrible trauma, fear and grief. Amazing.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
This. This is why unschooling works so well for us. When we had IDVA assignments, I practically had to bribe Little Mister to write word lists. We went around and around with dragging heels, tears... Today, he is writing a word list by his own choice, looking up spellings himself, in order to create a word search on the computer and print it out. All of it 100% his idea. He is completely excited about it, and the words are more difficult to boot.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Luckily, Abi is pretty patient. I'm trying to give her reading opportunities that are fun, not just drudgery. For example, she picked this board book of colors up at the library. I brailled it for her, and stuck the braille on with tape that can be removed next week when we take it back. We play a little game where she closes her eyes, reads the page, and then looks at the color on the page to see if she got it right. After she does it, I have to do the same thing!
As I mentioned, I stuck braille in our copy of Go Dog! Go, which she loves to read with me. The silly story keeps her interest and the repetition makes recognizing words easier. Just today, she said, "The word 'they' looks like a little box that keeps your finger safe!" I laughed because I had always thought the same thing about that word. I love how it makes a little box. :)
I know from teaching the other kids to read that this stage seems like it last f-o-r-e-v-e-r but in reality it isn't very long. A little patience and practice and she will be off and reading. That's when the real work begins. If she keeps up with her older brother, she is going to want to read every A-Z Mystery book ever written. How am I going to find all of those in braille?!?!? Yikes!!! Hopefully our transcribing software will come to our rescue. :)