It’s Been A While

And there’s not really a lot to talk about.

Z is 6 months old, S is 3 months away from turning 5, and I’ve just been working on trying to get him ready for kindergarten. He can almost count to 20, write his name, recognise numbers and letters, match, find differences, do math with picture problems.

I think he’s pretty much ready. Now I just have to decide whether he’s going to go to school or not. He really wants to, so I’ve been looking at Montessori schools because there’s no way in Hell I’ll put him in a regular public school. I don’t know what we’re going to do after 6th grade (that’s all that the Montessori schools around here go to.).

I never knew how stressful it would be just making a decision about what kind of education my kids would have.

I always knew I would never put my child in an Arizona public school though.

 

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The More The Merrier?

As you know I’m babysitting my friend’s girls now, and I’ve discovered that babies are like a minefield! If one goes off there’s a chain reaction and every one blows up! Other than that, today went off without a hitch. A wasn’t crazy about her mom going to work, but she picked a movie to watch and her and S watched that for about 20 minutes before they decided to go play outside. Then they colored, and S was starting to drive me nuts so I decided he needed to do schoolwork.

Well, it wouldn’t be fair if only he had something to do, so I made copies of his worksheets and gave her some work to do as well. She’s about 6 months younger than S and a middle child, so she doesn’t really get as much attention as her evil older sister, or the new baby. This also means she doesn’t know as much so I’m actually doing a lot more teaching than just reviewing like I do a lot of the time with S. I think she really likes coming over because she gets a lot of one on one attention with me. (She’s such a sweetheart honestly!) We counted, named and colored shapes, learned to write “a” and “1”, and did a drawing maze. Later on we made leaf leis, I think I got the idea for it from here and decided to use paper leaves instead of apples. Anyways, the kids had a blast and A loved having something to show her mommy when she it was time to go home. I’ll try to update with pictures of S’ autumn leaf lei tomorrow if I remember.

 

Tomorrow I have the two younger girls again, then on Friday I have the younger two until 2p then the older (evil) one when she gets off of school, around 2 – until 7p. It’s going to be a LONG day, almost 12 hours!! Especially with the 5 year old, I honestly can’t stand that girl, she’s so bossy, condescending, smart-a$$ little… she’s a kindergarten bitch to be truthful about it. Luckily, I think hubby has Saturday off this week (he get’s one day off, every other week), so hopefully we’ll still be able to go shopping or something after the girls leave.

 

And then there were scarecrows!

Scarecrow!

That’s right, we made popsicle stick scarecrows today, and a photo-project with lots of colorful balloons.

I had S practice his scissor skills with worksheets that have lines going to a picture. I had planned on him making a snowman with cotton balls, but he wasn’t a very nice boy today and spent a ton of time in time out. I found a cool site, although I forgot it by now, where you can generate your own handwriting practice sheets with whatever you want them to say. So I made some with S’ name so he can get the hang of writing his two constantly backwards letters. It’s really starting to worry me, honestly, like he actually sees them backwards or something? He did it right the very first time, but since then, his S’s have turned into 2’s.

Oh well, we’ll see what happens.

Overall, it wasn’t too bad of a day, maybe not everything I wanted to accomplish was done, but more than we usually do!

Preschool

Is going GREAT! If I don’t say so myself.
Thursday we made paper snowflakes and a construction paper chain garland, then worked on his tracing book for shapes and letters. Saturday we made a turkey headband, turkey picture, an autumn tree picture, and each made a glitter snowflake out of popsicle sticks. My wild-child still gets about 3-6 timeouts per day, but that’s mostly for his attitude (and acting spoiled) now, rather than being in trouble for destroying the house.

I don’t like that I have to get up earlier than normal, because he’s been getting up before me lately. If I stay in bed, he uses the alone time to destroy the house. Boys will be boys?

Yesterday I even found out that he knows enough letters to write his name (minus two).

 

Thanks to Pinterest for preschool craft ideas, and free coloring printouts and craft templates online, homeschooling is easier than ever.

Proud Turkey

Proud Turkey

I know that the only way my son won’t learn anything is if I’m too lazy as a parent to get him interested in learning things. Sometimes we might get annoyed with our children for not knowing something already, or for their constant questions about the world around them – but how do you think WE learned about all of this stuff? Our parents taught us (in normal cases – each family is different after all). If we are too lazy to parent our children, of course they’re stupid nowadays!

My husband is not happy with the price-tag of all the things I’ve bought for “school”, but he’s the one who’s always egging me on to do more “school” things! Plus, buying the stuff from a teacher’s school supply list, then buying school clothes, school shoes, new haircut before school and throughout…. Unschooling is cheaper anyways. (I know that there are homeschool curriculums out there that you might as well just pay tuition to some private school – but we won’t be doing either.)