Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sight seeing with mom- part 2

Before Christmas we had several nice days that we got out and went sight seeing with my mom.
We drove out to Summer's Bay and along the way saw this frozen spring...which while I took a picture, A apparently proceeded to explain what a spring is in detail to Nana. And when Nana asked how she knew that, A responded "I just taught myself Nana." LOL

A bunker from WWII. Dutch Harbor was the only other place on US soiled besides Pearl Harbor to be bombed during WWII. It was bomb by the Japanese, and the Aleuts were "evacuated" to abandoned canning and fishing camps in the SE alaskan rain forests. There they were inturned for more than 2 years. They came back to there towns burned and destroyed, with the US government deciding that several settlements on the islands should be abandoned completely with no choice or input from the Aleuts. Restitutions were finally awarded to them in the 1970's.

Bald eagles

The town of Unalaska, is just beautiful!

My mom in front of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian Orthodox church is very important in the Aleutian islands history.

I have plenty of more pics from my mom's trip. We had a great time. She is currently on her way home. I will miss her.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My mom's trip, part 1- Beautiful Unalaska

Day one of sight seeing with my mom! Sun came out and she got to see beautiful Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. Sun was out the next day too, but I still need to upload those pics. Snowed today, so we will have a white Christmas in the morning. Lots more pics to come. Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My brain is bouncing

A couldn't get to sleep tonight....after almost 2 hours of really trying she said "GRRR. I can't turn my brain off! It feels like my brain is bouncing. Like flip, flip, flip; like that kind of bouncing. And pictures keep flashing through my head, like 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20....just like that fast, pictures keep bouncing through my head."

Poor baby she was so frustrated and tired. I wish I could help her turn her brain off. She had even tried every trick I knew and had taught her and cried "Nothing is working!" She finally fell into an exhausted sleep, almost 3 hours after trying to go to bed.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Our Christmas party and a Monterssori teacher

What a great day. We had a Christmas party at our house for DH's department. We had a great turn out and everything I cooked turned out great. A has been pretty good the last few days having less of my attention as I cooked, and cooked, and cooked and then cleaned the house. But the most amazing reward happened for her tonight. One of our guests is a former Montessori teacher. You could tell it is is passion. As he was in the living room, he spotted our Montessori globe and then all of our materials and that was it. He spent the whole evening on the floor with A. She read to him, talked to him, played with our bead material with him. She was in heaven. They were the last to leave LOL. It was great, and it was great for me to see her through another eyes.

Dh and I have been talking, talking, and talking this past week. We have been talking about what we will do when she is actually school age. That is the question we have been being asked by many lately, and we have actually hard from several teachers that we "have to homeschool her" So we are trying to get involved with some other homeschoolers here. I found at last week, that there are quite a few! Yea! I really thought there weren't any. We also signed A up for a pottery class, and a mother daughter gooey art class for the Winter/Spring couses with our PCR, and she is now signed up for SOCCER! So this will be a good opportunity to really get involved with kids here. She is doing all of these things with one of her friends who is coming over this Sunday to play. So I am starting to really feel better about her meeting and finding a group of friends here. It just has been an eye opening week, because I become so accustom to her, and the way she does things that it never strikes me as unusual anymore.

Alright off to bed! Night all.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I am such a blog slacker LOL

I am such a blog slacker lately. We have been busy here, and well I have been busy making Christmas presents. I even tried to convince A to let us have a break from homeschooling until after Christmas so I can get more done but she started to cry. "I love school. Why do I have to stop? Could we still do math, and science, and can I still read books everyday if I take a break" Sigh...guess that's not happening. And then today she said "Mom, will you keep homeschooling me everyday, except Christmas until I grow up? Then I will go to college and then go to med school and learn to be a doctor." So I guess no break for Mommy right now LOL. Anyway, she is doing great. We have been having a lot of fun and today went outside and followed some fox prints out by the front door and found its den (nope, it wasn't in there at the time.) This was the second den A has found by tracking the foot prints in the snow this winter. We started to read today about the Ice Age and tomorrow we are doing our very own cave painting.

I am again having to start researching curriculum again. She is blowing through everything to fast for me again. I am starting to think that I really can't use a set curriculum with her at all for that reason. I am researching classical and Charlotte Mason methods right now basically because of the depth they allow on subjects. I feel like we usually get 6 months of whatever we are doing working before she gets restless and she just jumps to far ahead for me to keep up.

From what I can tell classical and Charlotte Mason methods would allow her to take those big leaps without me exhausting my resources, but our library is small and does not have the selection of books probably needed for either method. Another reason I was trying to let her give mommy a break so that I would be able to catch up with her and figure out what direction we could go in next. Sigh.

Question for other mom's of gifted kids out there. A reads much more fluently when actually reading "adult" books (ones of Dh and mine that she pics up) then she does kid books (ie level 3, level 4 and beginning chapter books) I think the plots just don't hold her interest enough. The problem being that well, adult book concepts are not those that I want her introduced to. Any advice on books that she would enjoy more reading on her own that I won't have to worry about content with. I am thinking of going to the library and checking out maybe some Rohl Dahl books or something for her. Hmmm.

Alright, off to bed. Night all