Friday, September 29, 2006

Yay it's Friday

Well we had another successful week! And my phonics and math program that I'll be using this year should be coming any day now. I can't wait for it to come! Is that weird? It's almost like Christmas.

Well today was a slower day for us. Mark had off again (he's working tommorow, which kind of stinks) and we had some running around to do. We did grocery shopping and went to window shop at Toys-R-Us. It was kind of a treat for Xander because he's gone the whole week without having a single accident. We figure he's totally potty trained now.

He did practice more of his printing today. I think it's his absolute favorite part of school. His A-C's are almost perfect. And he's added a few to his self taught letters like D,R,and W. He can now write his name all by himself.

I forgot to mention some of the art projects he's done this week. In our bible studies this week were were learning about Abraham so the theme was families. To go along with this theme we had every one in the family trace their hands (Xander did his, Lucas' and Aiden's.) And I had Xander tell me something he loved to do with each of his family members and I wrote them on each hand. These were what they were...

1. Daddy-'I love playing with Daddy all the time.'
2. Mommy-'I love doing school with Mommy.'
3. Xander-(something he likes doing by himself)'I love playing with my Leapster.'
4. Lucas-'I love to wrestle with Lucas'
5 Aiden-'I love to make Aiden smile.'

Then we cut out the hands and strung them together to make a little wall hanging.

We also made a family tree. Xander ripped up some green construction paper. I made a tree trunk and cut out some pictures of the family. We glued the tree trunk on a piece of background paper and then glued the ripped up pieces of paper to make them look like tree leaves. Then glued on our pictures. He had a lot of fun with them. If I think about it I'll post some pictures of them later.

He's also been drawing a lot. He's started to draw pictures of people now. He doesn't make stick people. He actually gives his people bodies and then stick legs. On his most recent picture he's even given the person eyes with puples and eyebrows. Talk about detail. I didn't even think a three year old could think about stuff like that.

Lucas and Aiden are doing good. Lucas was happy daddy was home and when we went to Toys-R-Us he didn't have to go in a cart. He was so proud that we let him walk around like Xander. I think Aiden is going through a little growth spurt, all he seems to be doing lately is eating and sleeping!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I Hate When My Husband Is Home

Okay so I don't really mean that. I love it when he's home. He just happened to have today off of work. And let's just say if school takes 2 and half hours normally it takes five if he's home. Even if he's not doing anything to disturb Xander... Xander is distracted by the fact that Daddy's home and he has to show off for him. After each coloring page he did he had to show daddy. He had to make sure Daddy was listening to him review his Spanish words. And so on and so on and so on.

Today he learned about Colorado. I know none of what I'm teaching him sticks but he loves being able to point out the states on a map of the US. He can pick out all of the ones he learned so far.

Next week my mom's going to visit us. So the work week will be cut to three days. I can't wait for my mom to see how much the boys have grown. Hopefully we'll be able to go to the zoo or the Detroit Science Center. It'll be our first field trip! I'm kind of looking forward to it.

Monday, September 25, 2006

I think Xander is Perfectionist

Okay so whenever we practice is printing I have to make sure the pencil has a BIG eraser. Xander thinks that every line has to be straight, that the letters aren't too big or too small. They have to be perfect. Him practicing can take forever because everything has to be just right. Thank goodness he doesn't need me to sit there and watch him carefully or I'd never get anything done.

Anyways, today he learned about California. He's running around the house yelling Eureka like a mad man! I showed him a map of California and he looked at the US map and pointed it out right away "OH that's California!"

Lucas was being so cute while I was doing school with Xander. He was 'watching' Aiden. Which means he was just sitting there patting his stomach gently, giving him smiles and showing him toys. When Aiden fell asleep Lucas just looked at me and put his finger to his lips and said 'shhhh' While Aiden was up he was enjoying Lucas' attention greatly. He loves his brothers.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

First time doing this!

So I thought I'd make a blog so some of my family and friends could see how Xander was doing with his school work.

Two weeks ago we started school with him. He's only three but already working on a kindergarten level. I didn't want to start him until after we had moved (which will be in about a month or so when our lease is up) and I was still a little more used to having Aiden around. He had different ideas though. We did preschool stuff with him last school year and he decided that summer vacation had lasted long enough. He pulled out some of last years school supplies and promptly said to me... "Mommy, I'm doing school." So the next day I started shopping for curriculums and digging up stuff on-line for his age group.

We've now been doing school for a full two weeks. I haven't gotten my curriculum yet but I've managed to put together work packets for him from websites.

He's reviewing his Spanish, which he did forget some of because we took a little break after Aiden was born, but he's quickly remembering everything. I've decided to introduce a little geography for him. Nothing major... after all he's only 3. But he can point out Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas on a US map. We're also learning about animals. He knows that Alligators have 80 teeth and that Apes eat bugs. He knows all the sounds of the letters... (we're now going a step further, we're getting our phonics curriculum soon and we just bought him a bunch of phonics computer games.) He can write out A's and B's both capitals and small letters. He wants to write so much more. He's self taught himself C's, E's, N's, and X's. He can count up to 50. His favorite thing to do though is color in school. Mostly he has pictures pictures from his bible studies.

Lucas so wants to do school too. I have to remember to print up extra coloring pages so he can think he's doing school too. And he always is the one who gets to sit on my lap at story time. It must be hard for him sometimes being the middle one because I spend a lot of time with Xander for school and Aiden demands a lot of my time too. I try to set at least a half hour of Lucas and Mommy time each day.