Monday, January 08, 2007
Aahhhh...where to begin?
Z This weekend was both fun AND productive. Stands out in my mind probably because we thought Matt had to work this weekend up until Friday afternoon when he found out he had off. We had so much fun-just being together! Saturday we finally got our PA drivers liscenses and so we are officially PAers now. Next step is to get new lisense plates and inspections and we will be golden. We have been SO illegal for SO long, I will be breathing a BIG sigh of relief when I get through with this whole headache. I can only hope that we don't get pulled over in the next three days! It has been a rigamaroll and a half. But soon I can forget about it.
Z I also worked on getting the Christmas decorations packed up and put away to hibernate through the summer. The tree is now living on the wee patio off of the kitchen (where our birdfeeders are.) I hate taking the tree down. Not because of the work involved, but because of the bareness and blase-ness of a post-tree house. I grew rather fond of the glow of the living room. There is ONE good thing about it though-I can finally put my plans for our tree into fruition. Since we got our tree, I have had the plan to make it into a birdscape after the holidays. Ornament ideas have been rolling around my head for weeks and only now are we able to realize them. Corynn and I will be busy today, as this is the project on our agenda. For years I have wanted to do this but this is the first year that it will actually happen. I think it is because of the (hopefully) added benefit of being able to see the activity up close and personal-and possibly take a few good photos in the process.
Z Not related at all: Last week I ordered (and received) the book Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann. I have heard (mostly) good stuff about this book and hope that it does well for us. Now that the holiday rush is through, it is time to buckle down and start teaching Corynn to read. Matt and my goal is to have Corynn well on her way to reading by the time she is four, if not doing so already. That doesn't leave me much time! Since I don't remember how I was taught to read, I am not really sure how to go about it. I do think that I will focus more on the SOUNDS of letters rather than the names of letters and more on sounding out than memorizing words. I hope that by doing so, I will be better preparing her for the times when she learns new and harder vocabulary. By using worksheets and homemade flashcards, along with this book, I hope to make great strides. I look forward to this book because it has a focus for each day that takes only about 20 minutes. "Where do I start?" is often on my mind and can get the best of me if I let it. I can already see that I am going to be a curriculum person-at least for the beginning homeschool years. Until I build up enough confidence, I need to have someone telling me "this is what you need to cover". I have never allowed myself to become boxed-in in my life, and so using a curriculum won't box me in either. I will supplement with my own activites, projects, and so forth-but I like the direction a curriculum would give. My philosophy is- the only way a curriculum boxes you in is if you let it. (Wow. That was a tangent!) Anyway-if any of you have any practical tips, recommendations and/or advice specifically for teaching how to read, please share them with me. Because this is all new to me and I want to do well.
Z Again: Unrelated: Notice the gorgeous tulips? The grocery store was having a sale so I was able to add living beauty to my home for just $2.00! Though the weather has been springlike all winter long, I do look forward to REAL spring, so that I might see the beauty spring forth from the earth in colors abundant. Until then, I so enjoy the reminder at each glance indoors. God did well to make me a woman. :-)
Z Well...that is about all the news here today. Expect some photographs today or tomorrow of the tree in all its glory. Hopefully, you will see a few photos in the coming weeks, showing the birds eating the fruits of our labor! :-) Have a great day!