For your homeschoolers out there, how did you go about deciding on which educational style and/or curriculum(s) to use? I know there are books available which describe the various educational styles and I plan to do some research on the Internet but if you have any tips or thoughts that you feel were important when you were making this decision or lessons learned, I would love to hear about them.
In other news, the boys and I went to my sister's house yesterday to visit with her and my mom and we also got to see my niece, Jana, and my nephew, Trent, for a few minutes too, which was nice.
The boys were so excited to see "MaMa" and "Kat-y" (her name is Kathy but they can't pronounce the "th" sound yet. They pronounce the "a" as you would when saying "Kathy" though so it does not sound like Katy) that they did not sleep at all on the way there. This was a first...and NOT a good first. I was so bummed that they were not sleeping. But they were so cute. They would hold hands across the back seat and then pull as hard as they could on each other's hands while making these grunting sounds. Yep, all boy! They were making all kinds of noises with their mouths and noting every large truck and bus that we passed.
An aside of a funny story. I have recently noticed that when Nick sees a bus, in a picture, while playing with the toy bus we have or in real life, it sounds like he calls it "beep beep". For several days, when he would say this, I would say, "yes, that is a bus", "can you say bus?" and he would try to say it and it did not sound like "beep beep". It took me a while to figure this out but I finally figured out why he calls buses beep beep. The boys have a really cute book that is called "My Car". It starts out "My name is Sam", "This is my car". It goes on to tell how he loves his car and takes good care of his car, changing the oil, etc. and how he drives it everywhere. Toward the end, it says he drives his car to work "and, when I work" (turn the page), "I drive my bus" (shows a picture of the guy in a bus). Then you turn to the last page and it says "beep beep" and shows a picture of houses and a street with lots of cars, trucks and this guy's bus. It is a funny, cute book and the boys love it. So, I think I finally figured out why Nick calls all buses "beep beep".
Anyway, back to our story. They didn't sleep at all during our drive but they still did very well during our visit. They had a fun time, playing with everyone and it was so nice to see my mom and sister again. Mom is doing very well right now and, other than her lack of hair (she wears scarves and a wig) and a little bit of shaking in her hands, you would never know she was taking chemo. She will have her next (third of four) treatment on Tuesday so the week or week and a half after that will be rough again. Overall, she is really doing well with this now, I think.
When we left, it didn't take long at all for the boys to fall asleep. The funny thing was that B fell asleep before N, which was a first. I have never seen this happen before. I happened to look back there and saw B asleep and N, leaning forward in his seat, staring at B as if he was trying to figure out what he was doing. It was really funny. N had never seen B fall asleep first so he was trying to figure out what B was doing. I think N was asleep within about 3 minutes after that and they both slept most of the way home. Even then, they only had about a one hour nap all day, which is not enough for them so they went to bed early last night.
We are suppose to have a rainy weekend here, which is fine with me. After such a hot summer, the rain is nice. The boys and I got rained on twice the other day, while out running errands. They thought it was great fun. We were at the Border's bookstore and an older gentleman gave us a gift card for $16.80, which was so nice. He requested that we check out a web site so I still have to do that. I only had to pay fifty cents for a book and some alphabet flash cards:). Yay!