Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Don't talk to me LOL

Right now I am listening to the Nut tell daddy "don't tell me, don't tell me don't tell me! Don't talk about it daddy. Don't talk to me" This is what I hear constantly now....whenever the Nut does not like what we have to say or what we tell her to do, she tells us to "don't talk to me" LOL. Right now she is fighting with Dad over the marker cap. LOL DRAMA :)

On to other life....The last 2 weeks have been crazy! DD has grasped so many skills:) Nut is surprising me everyday. She has started sounding out words and is recognizing many sight words, is now counting by 10's to 100, and has grasped the concept of addition and subtraction(this one seriously shocked me...as I was not expecting this nor had I introduced the concepts....I mean she is only 2.5). Today she is all about mazes. My child loves workbooks so we have a ton, and today she went through and did the every maze in them. So now I need to find more. If anyone has any suggestions of a site online where I can print off easy beginner mazes please let me know. Seriously she keeps asking for more.

Halloween was a big success. Nut enjoyed being an Orthopedic Surgeon and went to work with Dad on Thursday to go trick-or-treating and as she told me "find more patients to operate on" LOL. Then we headed to the inlaws for the weekend. She really missed her room an wanted to come home so we had a few rough nights, but she did love being the center of attention in her costume and having the chance to go shopping at Barnes and Noble with mommy for new books. :) So all in all a good Halloween, an we managed to get away with almost no candy! Yea! So no sugar high for her and no temptation for mommy ;)

Tomorrow is story time at the library. We moved classes at the recommendation of our librarian so she is now with mostly older kids and it is a much better fit for her. She loves it....in fact the only way I can get her to sleep at night on Tuesdays is to threaten not going LOL...works like a charm.

Will post pics of my little Orthopedic Surgeon tomorrow :)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Been busy

We have been so busy. DD seems to be loving homeschool. When dad comes home each day from work and asks her what she did she excitedly tells him "preschool" and then goes on to name every activity she has done.
Her biggest love right now is tracing. She can spend an hour or more just tracing letter, shapes, words LOL. She does this when mama is busy doing house work or in the evening before bed....the big upside of this.....her coordination has made marked improvements and today she wrote a letter "A" which was obviously a letter "A" all on her own.
Besides tracing she is all into space right now. We made a great model solar system (pics to follow) that DD picked out at the store after getting upset that they did not have planet toys LOL. She painted the planets herself and mom and dad put it together.....I swear she knows more about space then I do. If I have read it to her in a book once she recalls it. It is hilarious to hear her incorporate facts about the planet and out solar system in her everyday play. She even got to sit in on an astronomy class for 6-7 year olds at our homeschool co-op where she corrected several of the kids comments. Her response when one child said "Pluto is the smallest planet" was "Pluto's not a planet anymore" And when another child said the sun was the largest planet, DD responded "The sun's not a planet. It's a star. Jupiter is the biggest planet". So right now a lot of out learning has been centered around her interest of space and dinosaurs.
Can't wait for this week to start. Everyday is amazing with her.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ped appt and Reading!

Let me start out by saying I LOVE our new pediatrician. He is wonderful. He spent 45 mins with us just for our getting to know you appointment. He said she is basically already on a 5 year old/kindergarten level across the board except for motor skills, which she is right around average on...just a bit advanced.

I was informed once again (last time was from our Librarian) that the local school system would not be a good fit for my child. He said there is no gifted programs at all due to the budget cuts that occurred years ago, and it is a shame since there used to be a great self contained program. e said "there just aren't any options around here for gifted children, much less for extremely gifted children" And since there also are only 2 private schools, both of which are not up to par, looks like we will be homeschooling probably at least kindergarten. I know it is a ways a way. 3 years if you count this school year till she could start, but when she has already mastered 50% of END of year skills for K5, it is hard to imagine asking her to sit and "learn" things she will have mastered 2 0r 3 years before.

Anyway, back to the ped appointment. Besides for her flu shot, all was well and she was happy. She brought her "surgical kit" and informed him "I want to be an orthopedic surgeon when I grow up" LOL. H1N1 shots won't be available till mid oct, but we will be going back then to get the for her.

As for homeschooling. It has been going great this week. We seem to finally be getting into a good routine. On top of montessori, she also LOVES the site starfall.com, and asks to play her computer games, which reinforce the letter sounds she has learned.

In fact....yesterday we had a very proud moment when she sounded out a word, all by herself! "RAT" She was sooooo proud that she read it! It was great!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

2500 words and counting LOL

It's been awhile, I know....life gets crazy LOL.

Anyway on to the title of this post.......
that's how many words my child speaks, well lets say I quit counting at 2500. Average at 30 months....about 550 LOL.....Well I guess we know why she never shuts up LOL. I love the pbs development trackers, they break what a child should be doing by age and by category, language, literacy, science, math, etc. At DD's 2 year old appointment her pediatrician said she was cognitively on a 4 year old level. According to these charts she is 3 and 4 years ahead in language and literacy and 1 year ahead in math. We have an appointment with our new ped Tuesday and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say.

As for homeschooling.....

Things have been going well. I will say that after getting to know DD's learning style, we aren't doing strict montessori, we are using many of the materials and methods, but I would say we are also doing a lot of unschooling to. She loves the library so we have been getting many books on subjects she loves such as space and dinosaurs. She now knows all the planets and likes to tell people that "gravity keeps us on earth and not flying into space".
She also loves workbooks. She asked to do them.

We've been working on the Alphabet. DD know recognizes most upper and lowercase letters and now knows ALL of their sounds. She keeps asking to learn to read and is getting upset that she doesn't know the words. She has been picking out words in books now, so i don't think true reading is going to be far behind, especially since she wants to so badly. One thing I have learned about her.....if she wants to do something bad enough, she will figure out a way.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lots of fun

So far it's going pretty well, but since A is just 2 and 1/2 I am kinda letting her do montessori some days when she is really into it and not pushing on others. Yesterday was an awesome day for it. She worked independently for a couple of hours doing the knobbed cylinders, in groups of 2 and 3, sand paper letters A-C and we read our phonics books for A-C as well. She did color box 2 (which is way to easy for her and I need to make box 3 tonight if i get time) We also did counting games which I made the other day and she loved. She can count to 25 now which is great. We are working on recognizing her numbers. After a good morning of montessori we took a walk and the history museum next door was having a garage sale. We got a play kitchen for $3! yep $3!. It needed cleaning and A and I spent an hour outside with the hose and Clorox but it is as good as new and up in her room. She is absolutely loving it.

On another note. A's Leap Frog Letter Factory came in the mail yesterday and she loves it! She has been asking me "teach me to read mommy" So I thought this would be a good start, and she seems to be spontaneously starting to read some as she is picking words out of books now that she knows.

This weekend we won't be doing much in the way of homeschooling since there is the huge boat regatta here this weekend and we live right in the midst of it all. There will be rides and a craft fair and my in laws are coming in. A should have fun with all the new experiences. We even went and watched some boats practicing today and she yelled "go racers!" She is so excited.

Well that's all for now. Thanks for reading lol.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

presents for me and other stuff!

So this is all going pretty good LOL...much to my surprise. A is really enjoying the activities, she has completed all 4 of the knobbed cylinders, block 4 was a much more difficult and we will have to keep working on that. All the cylinders are the same diameter just different heights which seems to stump her a little more. If she is in a good mood tomorrow I think we will try introducing the pink tower again.

We went to the library today and checked out 10 more books. I swear we could read all day here. She had a ton of fun playing with a 5 year old little girl. The played and played and played. A tends to like being around older children more since she can carry on conversations with them. She was beaming and talked about things they did all day. We then took a walk and gathered lots of leaves, sticks, and walnuts and had a make believe picnic. While sweeping off the porch after our "picnic" She said she was using a brush, I said "It's a broom not a brush A" and she replied " I know. A broom is a brush that picks up things" LOL....it just amazes me everyday the observations she makes.

My birthday is this weekend, and my present to myself is of course things for A. I just ordered the book "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons." I have heard FABULOUS things about this book. It is a phonics based approach which I like much better then the whole word approach. The 500+ reviews on Amazon where also all amazingly positive. So excited to get this and start. A has been asking to learn to read so I am hoping this will help her achieve that goal LOL. I also ordered Leap Frog "Letter Factory" DVD which I have also heard is awesome. I figured she can watch this in the car and it will reinforce the phonics sounds we are learning with the sandpaper letters and the 100 lessons.

I usually get money for my birthday from a couple of family members and I have a little saved up (thank you rolled change LOL) so I am trying to decided what materials I really want to order to add to our montessori classroom. Decisions decisions......humm....I'll keep you posted :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Good and The Bad

So we have started! 3 days into this and I have discovered a few things. Wed, the first day, was great. A was thrilled! I introduced 4 activities....the first exercise of the knobbed cylinders, a marble placing activity, scooping beans, ad sorting button, and she loved all but one of them. Apparently the sorting buttons is a little to easy for her and she gets really bored. After doing about two of each color it just doesn't keep her attention. Thursday, not so great. I think we started the day and she had two much energy. She could not stay focused on the materials at all and was being very careless and rough. So we stopped, went out for a walk and played hide and seek. I figured we would just table it for the day, but the dad came home and she wanted to show him. She picked up the knobbed cylinders and carried them to her table but started playing with the cylinders. I took them from her and explained that she has to respect the materials, do the activities correctly and gently, or I will take them away. That it is a privilege to do Montessori. If you know my child you know that she goes 90 miles an hour and can be a bull in a china shop. Well the talk worked and we got some good work done at 7:30 at night. Ahh the beauty of homeschooling!

Today she was not feeling the best. She has her 2 year old molars coming in and has just been peaked. She did the marble activity perfectly in about 20 seconds, so I think I need to add the tweezers to that for her to try. She worked for the knobbed cylinders a bit, and I introduced the sandpaper letters A and B. We'll have to work at this again another day, as she was tired so we finished for the day.

I know most people introduce the letters later, but she is ready to start reading an keeps asking to learn to read, so I decided to give it a try.

Here are some pics of our Montessori area.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Who are we?

Who are we?
We are a family who has been blessed with a beautiful, bright, and spirited child. It has been amazing to watch her grow and learn over the last two and a half years. But the time has come where she wants to learn and do more, more, more. As a mom, it is my job to feed that never ending thirst of knowledge. I have long been a fan of the montessori method of education. The child led learning, the manipulatives, the hands on learning style. It seems to fit our little doer. I love the way a child can move at his or her own pace. As fast or slow as she needs. For A, this is important. At her 2 year old check up her pediatrician said she was cognitively on a four year old level. She likes conversing with adults, and enjoys older children. She loves books, we could read all day together. We just moved for my husband's job to rural PA where there are absolutely no Montessori based schools. But that won't stop us. We have decided to undertake the somewhat daunting but always exciting task of homeschooling! Follow us as we learn together, discover together, and explore the world!