We’re ambling along.
Since we have no access to the internet at our house, the kids do a couple different keys of their Math Wrap-Ups each morning instead of their usual XtraMath. Junebug is studying her +2 math facts at the moment, so she goes through that particular key a couple times each day. It’s working out rather well.
A big moment this week: Junebug read a traffic sign all on her own! We were heading into town to pick up Michael from work, and as I got onto the highway on-ramp, Junebug squealed in the backseat, “That sign says ‘Exit!’” When we arrived into town, she again squealed, “That sign says ‘Stop!’” Ladies and gentlemen, I think we’ve arrived at the place where the phonics start making sense. (Which is good, because I was arriving at the place of “When is this going to start making sense with this kid?!?!”)
Math takes up all my time these days, which I was expecting because I have a kid in Saxon K, Saxon 1, AND Saxon 3. That Saxon 1 & 3 combo is awful. I remember when we went through it with Bluebird and Penguin two years ago, and I knew I’d despise it when it happened again with Penguin and Junebug. Oh, the time spent on this everyday is just demoralizing. The last time through, it was because Bluebird fought me on every. single. little. thing. This time, it’s because Junebug will. not. sit. still. Junebug’s also not reading yet, so I have to read every question aloud on her worksheets. I know I’ve had to do that with both Bluebird and Penguin before, so I’m trying not to get hung up on it, but man, lots of time spent on Junebug’s lessons each day. The girl can’t sit in one spot for more than seven seconds.
Thankfully, Bluebird is pretty much self-contained, math-wise. She heads off to her room or the living room and just sits down and reads over her Saxon 6/5 lesson herself and then does the assignment. Once you get past Saxon 3, your teaching schedule opens up considerably. I grade her stuff once a week, and she’s sitting in the 88-95% range on her assignments. I will happily accept that. (Actually, I might break into a little song and dance if I think no one’s watching…)
We had an amusing moment when Penguin discovered that her penmanship assignment for the day included a picture of a kangaroo and the word “Queensland” for practice.
Random aside: Yes, we’ve seen kangaroos. Quite often, actually. I originally thought they were like deer in the USA, but I’m starting to believe that kangaroos are far more common than deer. We see a few of them every week, usually in little herds of three to seven.
Sadly though, we also see lots of them in various states of decomposition on the side of the road; and we happened upon a very fresh accident a few nights back where the fresh ‘Roo was lying in the middle of the road and the smell of burnt tire rubber was heavy in the air as the driver of the offending vehicle stood on the side of the road looking very, very horrified. Penguin was quite distressed by the scene, and the rest of the car ride home had us discussing the event, until a kangaroo jumped out in front of our car while we were at a stop sign and hopped nonchalantly past us, across the street and into the night. Penguin cheered up considerably after that close encounter.
Monkeyboy is enjoying preschool. He’s also started drawing pictures; his latest fascination being the members of his family. I about died from the cuteness of his portrait of Penguin:
Bluebird’s latest fascinations are making fun of my yarn habit, and Vikings:
And, not because it’s important, but because it makes me happy, my flower bouquet from this week:
There’s a little stand beside the road going into Bargara that sells flowers only on Fridays. It warms my heart to see that little family out there, so I’ve decided to try my best to treat myself to a bouquet each week. These were fragrance-free lilies, which I loved because I think perfumed lilies smell like pee. I’m looking forward to the selections in the coming weeks!
I hope your weeks were lovely, and that your weekends are wonderful!