The big kids started their gymnastics class on Monday. They both loved it and are excited to go back next week. Watching the warm-up before Cameron’s class, I learned two things about my son. One, he doesn’t know how to skip. We’ll have to work on that. Two, he is a non-conformer and doesn’t care if others are doing something differently. For example, one part of the warm-up is to walk on their hands and feet. All the other kids did the elephant walk with their bottoms up in the air. Not Cameron. He had his hands and feet on the floor like he was supposed to, but unlike the other kids he bent his knees and walked with his bottom down in a sort of cross between an elephant and a frog walk. Bonus he was in the perfect position to do the next part, hopping like a frog. Afterwards I mentioned to him about doing the hands and feet walk differently and he said he knew but he liked his way better and he did after all do what the coach said to do. That’s Cameron. He does everything his own way.
I teach the 9 going on 10 year old girls at church right now. After the first class I realized I have been underestimating Ani’s reading abilities. She reads scriptures better than all but one of the girls in my class. Interestingly the one girl who Ani does not read better than is homeschooled. One night I spent some time writing words on a chalkboard for Ani to read. She read them all perfectly. She even figured out “pneumonia” with only the hint of me telling her the p is silent.
I’ve also been underestimating her spelling abilities. We gave up on Spelling Workout a few weeks ago because it was driving Ani insane. She kept telling me it was boring because she already knew most of the words before she did the “learning” workpages. She was almost all the way through book C (3rd grade level) when we dropped it. The same night I wrote the words on the chalkboard for her to read I gave her words to spell on the chalkboard. She could spell anything I threw at her including “millions” (the only word I can remember I gave her).
Tonight I discovered I’ve been underestimating her physical skills as well. She did a trial dance/gymnastics combo class at The Little Gym. She was GOOD at the gymnastics. She can do a forward roll and is working on cartwheels. She walked across the balance beam like nothing and didn’t have much trouble going backwards either. She didn’t care for the tap dancing and liked the ballet okay. Afterwards we discussed her options. She wanted to do gymnastics only so we headed to the gym where my cousin goes. An instructor evaluated her and Ani will be starting as a level 2 gymnast on Monday (and Cameron will start as a level 1 the same day).
Last semester Jamie took 18 credits (not including a couple overlap classes – I think he had over 20 credits at one point going on at the same time). It was way too much and pretty much awful. So we decided that this semester would be easier and registered him for 10 credits.
The semester started on Monday the 15th. Jamie discovered his two on-line classes would be quite easy to finish quickly (the third class is geology and must be done in person). He decided he wanted to try to finish one of them – a 3 credit 200-level college course – within a week. He did it. On Saturday he took the last two tests. This morning he got an e-mail from his teaching confirming he had finished the course and telling him she would be posting his grade shortly. He’s planning on finishing the other on-line class by the end of this week. I have no doubt he will.
Meanwhile, we decided to go ahead and sign him up for two more on-line classes. At least one of them, if not both, will only take a few weeks to finish. NoVA has on-line classes that begin 2/5 and 3/5 as well as 1/15 (they all last 16 weeks, so can take into the summer semester to finish if needed). Jamie has two more classes he needs to complete his ASIT (he finished his AAS in Network Engineering in the fall). He will most likely be able to finish the coursework this semester. So instead of a simple 10 credit semester, he’ll end up with at least 22 credits over the course of he whole semester.
Cameron has always been seemingly allergic to school. If something looked like school to him (workbook, intentionally learning, etc.) he’d practically break out in hives. Now, he’s always loved learning. He loves non-fiction books, videos from National Geographic, History Channel, Discovery, etc., and experimenting on his own. But that’s it. All of a sudden that has changed.
I ordered Handwriting Without Tears on the recommendation of my cousin a few weeks ago. Cameron loves it! I figured he’d like the wooden letter pieces and the roll-a-dough letters, but much to my surprise he’s loving the preschool workbook he’s working his way through. This week he also asked to work some in his Math-U-See Primer book.
Obviously something has clicked. He still prefers the non-workbook type schoolwork (who wouldn’t?!?!) but workbook type stuff is no longer some horrid thing. It’s now becoming enjoyable to him. As is typical for my Cameron, he has come to this in his own time. It’s exciting watching this process unfold.
Ani’s been at my parents’ since Tuesday evening so we haven’t been doing school most of the week. We didn’t do much school on Monday since Jamie was off from work. Here’s what we did do this week:
- Made three vinegar baths (full-strength, 2:1, 4:1) and put chicken bones in to soak
- Talked about the scientific method
- Wrote problem, hypothesis, procedure, and materials used for chicken bone/vinegar experiment
- Every few days we’re checking on the bone to see what is happening with them
- Read 9 pages of Jurassic Park
- Predator/Prey math: 10,000 duckbills to 25 T Rexes; did other calculations based on 400:1 ratio
- Looked at animal cards and discussed their predator/prey relationship
- Discussed three periods of the dinosaurs
- Sorted Dino-Mite cards into periods
How fun it must be to have a big brother and a big sister to do things like this to you…
Ani doesn’t particularly like for me to brush or fix her hair so it is usually a mess. Also, she is very petite and long hair just doesn’t work on her. So I decided to cut her hair a few days ago. She is very cute with short hair.
And in a completely different topic, my 6 month and 3 day old baby just pulled himself up on the front of the couch and stood there very happily for a few minutes. He started crawling 4 days ago. He’s getting so big so fast!