Monday, March 30, 2009

March 30, 2009

I was in the bathroom with Nick today and was telling him what a big boy he was for going to the potty and pulling up his pants by himself. He said "When I get bigger, I wear your underwear." I explained to him that boys and girls wear different kinds of underwear and that he would wear underwear like daddy when he got bigger.

Why is it that so many of the funny things they say are said in the bathroom?

One of their funny things to say now is "that's very terrible"...although it comes out like "that's berry terrble", or something like that. It is very cute and always brings a smile to my face. They come up with the funniest things these days.

I have been researching homeschooling curriculum again. I enjoy reading about the different programs. I think I already said this once before:). Today I got the boys the first book in the Getting Ready to Explode the Code (or something like that) series. Nick woke up from nap first and immediately wanted to do some of it. I am going to control how much of it they do at a time so they will always finish when they are still wanting to do more. I want to keep it very positive.

I also found a very cute book with black and white pictures of little kids (drawn) doing motions to memorize scripture verses. I am going to start doing this with the boys so we can memorize some scriptures together. I think they will really enjoy it.

Yesterday I found the Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD, which I had been meaning to pick up for a while as I had heard it is great for learning phonics. They wanted to watch it for their 30 minutes of TV time both yesterday and today. When they finished today, I started asking them what the various letters "say" (A says ahh) and, between the two of them, they knew every letter in the alphabet, although I didn't do Q. They need more reinforcement and we will continue to play the 'word game' (what letter does the word _____ start with). They really like to play that. We'll just keep playing games and having fun for now. They are not quite ready to start blending yet.

Hmmm, I was going to write something else about the boys but now I can't remember what it was:). I hate when that happens.

So, all of our snow is gone and we actually had to use our air conditioner in the house this afternoon, believe it or not. It was sunny and warm here today and our house does not have any windows that open on the first floor.

Isn't that funny? Yesterday morning we had so much snow they cancelled church. By the end of the day, it was almost all gone and it continued to melt all night, since the low was in the 40's. Today was in the 60's but very windy. We had a nice long weekend, since the dad was off work today, since we were planning to be in K.C. this weekend. Saturday the weather was so bad that we had to stay home and we stayed home part of Sunday too. It was actually very nice because we had some very nice family time together. It is not often that we all spend an entire day here together, just hanging out, playing, reading, eating, sleeping together. It was nice. Tomorrow we join the world again and everything goes back to normal:).

Time to get the boys ready for bed. We are going to try to put them down early so we can watch a movie we rented. I say try because it seems that no matter what time we put them to bed, they don't fall asleep until around 9:00, give or take 10 minutes. Nick almost always falls asleep 10 to 30 minutes before Ben but Ben does not fall asleep until around 9:00ish. We'll see if we gain any time by putting them down early.

Hope you had a nice weekend.


kristin said...

I homeschool my daughter and try to follow the Montessori style. You should really look into some of the lessons. They teach a phonics base, with some sounds together, like sh, ar, etc. They also have an activity call the movable alphabet that is great. They have a bunch of puzzles etc. You could really include some of their practices in your homeschool. If you would like more information, just e-mail me. She is in first grade (adopted at 26 months from Russia.) I have really like it. Good luck.

MMrussianadoption said...

We get some funny things said in the bathroom too. What can you do?

Nikki said...

That's funny :)

I just got the Baby Einstein's World Music DVD for the 3 year old I volunteer with. I love exposing him to different cultures (especially since his family is from Haiti!)

Nikki to help children in the DR and Haiti... and get a great looking blog!

Lea said...

Thanks Kristin, much appreciated:).

Jana H said...

thanks, Lea, for what you posted on my blog. That was really encouragin. You always know what to say. I can't wait to see what God is going to do next.