Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jewish Homeschool Blog Carnival


Why can’t we have our own carnival??? Let’s do it! A regular, monthly Jewish homeschool blog carnival… why not???

Here are links to all current and past Jewish Homeschool Blog Carnivals so you can see what we’re all about:

What is this blog carnival for? UPDATED November 8!

A blog carnival lists blog posts of interest to like-minded folks. Not just a list of blogs, it singles out those posts which are remarkable, special, interesting. So I want to hear from you - your best posts ever; your best RECENT posts; the stuff you're most proud of:

  • Did you have one amazing perfect day with your homeschooler?
  • Or maybe you had a terrible, frustrating day - and want to vent?
  • Did you find a new way to teach a Jewish (or secular) concept?
  • Did you have a great back-to-homeschool picnic with other kids in your area?
  • Are you a seasoned homeschooler posting tips or advice for others?
  • Do you have printables that you want to share with other homeschoolers? (pretty please...)

If you have blogged about any of the above - or something even more wonderful than I could possibly dream, please submit it here or leave a note in the comments section, below.

I have opened up the concept a little to include all Jewish learning-at-home type blogs and related blog posts. Every child is homeschooled, at least a little, right??? If you have a blog OR if you read a Jewish kids-n-learning blog which inspires you, please submit it here - I would love to include it in my roundup.

New Jewish Homeschooling Resources Page

imageThis is a little bit circular, but here goes… Shira, another Toronto homeschooling mama has set up a Jewish Homeschooling Resources site, and since she has tons of links to my page, I thought I’d scratch her back a little by sticking in a linkie here.

Since every other page I’ve found that attempts to list Jewish homeschool resources is hopelessly out of date, we should probably encourage somebody who’s trying to catalogue the MODERN internet (as opposed to the Internet of 1994, which is what it seems like most of the links pages point to).

If you know of any great sites, pleeeeeze contact Shira to add them.  Meanwhile, she’s got some great stuff already – check it out!

Back-to-Homeschool Curriculum Planning

Here’s a rough outline of the way I’m thinking we’ll go this year.  No idea how I’m going to schedule it all just yet… and I won’t know until I see how the extracurriculars are going to be slotting in.

ENGLISH / GENERAL STUDIES / לימודים כללים:

(* = ordered today from Rainbow Resource; eta = forgot these!  added Sept 2)

  • Handwriting – continue Handwriting Without Tears / Letters and Numbers for Me
  • Handwriting – begin to introduce copywork of simple, relevant verses (none in mind at this point)
  • Reading – continue with the *next level of Bob Books Readers, add variety of reading material as she grows more comfortable.  Begin/continue Dick & Jane compendium:  Fun Wherever We Are (found at Value Village).
  • Reading – continue with Starfall phonetic reading and online games
  • eta Phonics – continue with Explode the Code, Book 1 – used successfully last year
  • Reading together – continue with Little House and other “living books”
  • Math – continue Funtastic Frogs Cards for patterns, lacing etc.
  • Math – begin *Miquon Orange (Level 1) with Cuisenaire Rods, which the kids already know and love
  • eta Math – Telling Time with the Judy Clock – plus Judy Clock, bought last year
  • Science – continue exploring weights and volumes with split peas and other fun stuff
  • Science – begin *Living Learning Books Level 1:  Animals, Human Body and Plants
  • History – ?  Still stuck on this; it’s one of my weak points!
  • Geography – continue maps and map skills (no text at this point)
  • Geography – begin reading and researching Charlotte Mason’s Elementary Geography (once I find a good printed edition!) (have pdfs; will print them myself at Kinko’s)


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JEWISH STUDIES / לימודי קודש:

  • תפילה/Tefillah – resume, then increase our daily davening (scroll down here to see what we do), adding tefillos to our own siddur… and perhaps eventually “graduating” to a more formal one (Artscroll Children’s Siddur?)
  • כתיבה/Handwriting – continue block print writing; haven’t tried too hard with this, so we must do more this year.  Perhaps obtain Migdalor’s Ktav Yad, somehow, which seems to teach some block printing – despite the script writing on the cover.  Begin copywork using basic pesukim – none in mind at the moment, but I think I made up some sheets last year.
  • קריאה/Reading – obtain and begin reading Kriyah v’Od, somehow, through Israel’s or Shy Publishing.  Continue with easy readers:  Mirik Snir, Smadar Shir (the “Yuli” series), Yael Arnon (Or Shoelet…) and whatever else the library has to offer.
  • Reading together – continue with easy Hebrew kids’ books from the library, music CDs, etc
  • חגים/Holidays – Perhaps begin the Chagim book from Migdalor (if they would ever return my $#!% emails… aargh!).  Continue reading Round and Round the Jewish Year – especially if I could find the Elul/Tishrei edition (Volume One) in stores anywhere around here!  We have a book called Chagaynu, but it’s for older kids, very dinim-focused and not all that wonderful, anyway.  Lots of help from chinuch.org in this area.
  • דינים/Laws – mostly holiday stuff at this point.  Later on in the year, Brachos, Kashrus and perhaps something else, probably with help from chinuch.org. 
  • חומש/Chumash (Torah) – Torah stories in easy Hebrew.  Bought this one called HaBriyah, and it turns out there’s a whole series by Shulamit Tzarfati of Tanach stories in simple language.  If anybody gives us money for GZ’s upsherin/bday, it might be worth purchasing the entire one-volume Tanach book (I’d check first to make sure we were able to read it).  I also bought the Migdalor Lech Lecha so we can start more in-depth study.  I like the way this book introduces lots of vocabulary, and how it shows the Biblical Hebrew alongside a modern Hebrew “teitsch.”  I also love its many gorgeous full-colour photos of idols!
  • פרשת השבוע/Weekly Parsha – continue reading My First Parsha Reader and watching the weekly “Jono” (The Parsha Report, on Chabad’s site) and/or G-dcast video (aka “Temima’s Parsha”).  Weekly craft tied in with the parsha, sometimes, from ChallahCrumbs.  Continue writing weekly parsha poems to share with the kids.  Search desperately for something better than My First Parsha Reader.  Hope fervently that Torat Imecha, Zemira Ozarowski’s fabulous weekly parsha story books, come back in the fall – or ever.

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And then there’s…


  • Ballet (Naomi Rivka only)
  • Swim (both kids)
  • Some type of singing and music class for GZ…
  • I’d like to find a good kiddie yoga class, too, because Naomi tried it on Sunday and loved it
  • More details here once I sign us up for City of Toronto programs…

So:  there we go!  A year in my kids’ home education!  And what a year it’s going to be!!!

(p.s.  Just checked to see when my last curriculum update was:  back in February.  Guess we’re due for one, and this year looks FAR more rigourous…)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Menu Plan Monday #28: 20 Elul, 5770

Why the weird dates? Click here to find out!

We are a Jewish family of 6 (2 parents, 4 kids) and all our meals are kosher.

Newcomers, you can read my MPM intro here which tells you all about who we are and what we eat, or just visit my super-duper-list-tastic itemization of Everything We Eat.

Last week was a total whirlwind, with us away in NYC for most of the week.  but I want to thank Ted for his update to the menu plan to prove that he and the nosy puppies can survive in my absence!

Note:  this menu plan was revised on Wednesday, Sept 1/10 to reflect a switch in this week’s “Vegan Day!”

Sunday (last night):  Take-out Falafel w/sisters at Mommy’s house

Monday:  Steaks on BBQ – must buy gas canisters – argh!  Instant mashpo & salad w/Mango-Poppy Dressing (per Elisheva’s request)

Tuesday (Ted’s off day, the NEW Vegan Vuesday):  Stir-fry w/tofu cubes (per Elisheva’s request – can you guess who’s sitting behind me as I type this?) – I have updated this post to indicate that this WAS our vegan meal for the week.  And mighty delicious it was, too.  I froze the (firm) tofu for a few hours to give it a heartier texture, and also stir-fried it before the veggies, then took it out.  Usually, I add tofu at the end and it sometimes crumbles.  Frying it beforehand means it holds together and has a nice outside texture when I add it back in near the end of cooking.  Mmm…

Wednesday (Ted’s late day):  Chicken baked on top of rice; stir-fried snap peas and yellow pepper.

Thursday (NOT Vegan Vursday):  Pasta w/fresh-tomato rosé sauce, corn on the cob (yes, I do know that corn is a starch and pasta is a starch!!!)

Friday:  Shabbos food!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Creepy Wonderful Face Paint

On Friday, my sisters took Naomi Rivka to BuskerFest downtown, and she came home looking like this:

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It’s hard to tell in the picture, but every centimetre of her face was painted… the centre area where it looks like nothing is actually a very subtle shading of gold/bronze shades.

Everybody was amazed.  Ted and Elisheva and I ran around grabbing cameras to take pictures before it wore off, but the paint actually stayed on pretty faithfully, right through bath time and into Shabbos…

Six-Word Saturday: 17 Elul, 5770

Why the weird dates? Click here to find out!

Came home to a computer virus.  :-(((

Ugh.  I think it’s resolved now, with no data loss that I can tell.  People, if something pops up that says “you’ve got a virus” – it’s a virus!  Don’t click on it!  And whatever you do, don’t install the helpful software the box promises will fix all your virus problems!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

125 years of embroidery service…

We’re back!  No time to mention everything, but that’s probably for the best.

It was at once a wonderful and incredibly frustrating trip.

 Wedding:   yes, yes, yes.  Amazing… and mazel tov to the happy young couple!

image(dancing… with a girl!)image(shh… they’re holding hands!)

Yeshiva:  no go.  And the trip out of our way robbed us of about five hours of touristy time.  I have to think Hashem had a purpose in sending us there but it was just SOooo inappropriate for YM.  Gam zu l’tova, perhaps now we know better what we’re looking for.  Hint:  if the place doesn’t pick up its phone, doesn’t return calls, doesn’t keep appointments, and doesn’t seem to know who you are despite having made said appointment, it may not be the place to send your impressionable young son to learn mentschlichkeit.  The upside:  lots of quiet time waiting in the yeshiva’s empty office with nothing to read but the parsha!

(I know Judaism offers us lots of wisdom on our perception of “wasted” time, but my favourite passuk has always been from Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle:  “Strange travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”  I just figure we spent most of yesterday dancing.)

Sight-seeing:  yes, indeed!  Missed the Staten Island Ferry.  Boo hoo.  Hit Bloomies, Dylan’s Candy Bar (Elisheva told me about it), and the Tenement Museum.  Bought cheap t-shirts and cheesy french fry things because cheesy kosher things don’t exist here in Canada.

imageRestaurants:  yes; over the course of 2 days, despite being fed most adequately at Wednesday night’s wedding, we managed to eat out in a few of the planned venues.  J2 on Broadway – twice, for breakfast both times.  Tiffin Wallah – one of a bunch of veg-Indian places in Manhattan.  Overrated, in my opinion – the buffet was ample but not varied or flavourful enough to satisfy, and the flatbread was unrecognizable; not fresh at all… Elisheva complained that it wasn’t as good as mine!  And finally, Mr. Broadway deli, which managed to produce dinner-to-go for 3 of us in the five minutes we had to spare before catching our bus back to Toronto.  My open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy didn’t fare all that well in the hustle to Penn Station, but it all gets mushed up together in your stomach anyway, right?

Jews:  OMG, Jews.  Mi k’amcha Yisrael… makes me worry about moving to the actual Holy Land, not just the ones declared holy by their own residents.  So many Jews; too many Jews?  That’s what comes from visiting Lakewood and Monsey in the same day… and topping it off with a detour through Kiryas Yoel.  And – excuse me for saying so – a very ignorant Kiryas Yoel cabdriver who overcharged us and failed to find the bus stop in Monsey despite precise directions (hint:  look for the train station).  His excuse:  he’s not from Monsey.  Frankly, I’m from Toronto, and I found it on the first try.  And he has a GPS.  When we left the cab, I held the money out to him and just HELD it there despite YM hissing, “put it down on the armrest.”  And indeed, because you asked, I will answer:  yes, his name was Yoel.

imageFamily:  Among said  Jews in the holy town of Monsey, I have a cousin.  An actual, real, genuine, blood-related cousin.  Avi’s in his late 20s and boy, is he frum.  Having watched his transformation from Solimageomon-Schechter-type Conservative day school student to modern Orthodox bochur to his chasunah in chassidische Boro Park and now Monsey and beyond, the life he’s built for himself is at once amusing and incredibly gratifying.  He’s got two little bochrim of his own now, 5 and 3 (each just a bit older than my little ones), and they are the cutest things you’ve ever seen.  You’ll have to take it from me, and extrapolate from these excellent “witness-protection” photos.  We were so late by the time Yoel the cab driver found their place (with his GPS) that we literally had to run in, snap photos, and leave.  His truly sweet aishes chayil got flustered at her inability to feed us and ended up shoving some gum at Elisheva.  Thus making Elisheva – who’d been dreading the visit – a very happy girl indeed.  YM was happy because Avi agreed with him that a strict yeshiva simply doesn’t work for some boys; he said he always looked for places that were a lot more laid-back.  Hmm… seems to have worked out for him, I’d say.  As a baal teshuvah, who lived away from home in various schools since he was 14, he basically took charge of his own education.  Wish YM would do that.

imageBuses:  eeeeeeeek!  Altogether too much time spent on buses, spent in tunnels, spent passing through armpit towns in what I found out on our final pass has actually been the embroidery capital of the world for over 135 years.  We all got very good at sleeping on buses.  Favourite place name:  Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ.  To us proper Britishy Canadians, that’s just toooooo funny.

Time:  too short.  And yet, in a weird way, just long enough.

When I finally caught my breath in the bus on the way home (we flagged it down with literally less than a minute before it left without us), I said, “this has really been Murphy’s vacation… everything that could go wrong, did.”

And Elisheva said, “no, not really.  I had fun.”

Finished-Word Friday: WEBINAR

new yahk 013Seen on a NYC subway, on the Nefesh B’nefesh website, and hopefully never again elsewhere. This is a word that, as far as I’m concerned, should be declared OVER before it really has a chance to get started.

(try to spot it word on the poster at left!)

imageThe word “web” really has nothing in common with the word “seminar” other than the letter E. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s not enough to go on.

Here’s the last word I expressed disgust with: ARTISAN. Stay tuned for more in this series of exciting “Jeninars”!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Menu Plan Wednesday and Thursday

Teddy G. MacLeod here, with the menu plan for the days when J is away having fun and living the good life in NY.
My menu plans are usually complex and take hours to cook, that is, when I am not taking care to two little kids who need more attention than pair of nosy puppies.
So the menu here will be quite simple and really designed to be cooked and served real FAST!

Wednesday: Might as well list all the meals to show how basic it all is...
Breakfast - Special K cereal with freeze-dried strawberries
Snack - Cheese strings, cookie and peaches
Lunch - Wacky Mac
Snack - Graham crackers
Supper - Perogies, french fries and mixed veg
Snack - plums

Thursday: How do I top yesterday's feast?
Breakfast - Omelets (by request)
Snack - Cheese strings, cookie and plums
Lunch - take-out pizza at the park
Snack - Graham crackers
Supper - Home-made Grilled Salmon burgers with french fries
Snack - peaches

Friday: Everyone comes home this morning, so here are a couple of things I will serve.
Breakfast - Left over pancakes (from Tuesday)
Lunch - potato borekahs
Supper - Bubbi is making ribs and I guess I will make roast potatoes, some kind of veg, chicken soup and a dessert of some kind.

Saturday: I'm also doing some things for Shabbos lunch. Same old, same old.
Lunch - Honey Dijon Salmon fillet, cheese blintzes and maybe a broccoli salad

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

(Kind of) Fast Fun Easy Rosh Hashanah Shofar Craft!

shofars 006Spoiler alert!  If you’re coming here on Friday to do crafts, don’t read on…

I found this craft in the book “It’s Shofar Time” by Latifah Berry Kropf, though the book itself is now missing so I can’t look up exactly how to do it.  I like it because it doesn’t use too much plasticky junk, but there is some.  Just one, actually:  the plastic “blowy” part of a party blower.  So there you go.  I also like it because it is not too tough, but does reinforce a few kid-skills.  I dislike crafts that are all about adult intervention, but this is on the heavy-supervision side, for me….

  1. Adult step:  Cut two construction-paper shofar shapes.  (cut one freehand, then trace the other)  Make sure the opening will be big enough to insert the blower.  Choose the same colour or different colours.  I used fancy “ripple” construction paper because it only costs a bit more and I thought the added texture would be interesting.  Punch sewing holes down both sides as shown in illustrations below.
  2. Kid step:  decorate the shofar shapes with stickers, colouring, stencil, writing, etc.shofars 009shofars 008
  3. shofars 015Adult step:  wrap masking tape around the end of a length of yarn to make a stiff (but safe!) “needle.”  Match up corners of the paper shofars and tie one end of yarn to one corner.
  4. Kid step:  shofars 014Sew around the outside of the two shofars to join them together.  A stitch that goes around the outside is better, but Naomi found that too hard and did this in-and-out one instead.  Continue all around the shofar – just string yarn loosely right across the open end; it won’t interfere.
  5. Adult step:  tie yarn firmly at the corner across from where you started.  “Puff up” the shofar body so it’s 3-dimensional, then insert half a toilet-paper tube to hold the large end open.shofars 007
  6. Optional adult step:  “stiffen” the shofar body by inserting a popsicle stick, drinking straw, pen, or something else inside.  I have to work on this, because otherwise, it goes a bit floppy in the middle.shofars 012
  7. Adult step (not shown):  remove the plastic “blower” part of a party blower (8 for $1!) and insert it into the narrow end of the child’s shofar.  Secure with masking tape.
  8. Kid step:  blow your heart out!!!
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OMG, now I’m scared

Is it possible to die of fatigue while on vacation…?  I have waaaay too much planned for the next 48 hours.  :-o

Still – if you take only one vacation a year, and that vacation only lasts 48 hours, well, you have to cram in as much livin’ as possible… right?



6:30 am, arrive Manhattan Penn Stn

7:00 am, Breakfast – Krispy Kreme

11:00 am, tour at Tenement Museum

12:00 noon, lunch - Tiffin Wallah

1:00 pm, subway to shopping, if time

2:30 pm, leave Manhattan via Port Authority

4:10 pm, arrive Lakewood, change (washroom), walk ? to chasunah

5:30 pm, Chuppah

Later – supper - Prime Wok, grocery shopping?

9:30 pm, Dancing @ wedding


7:55 am, leave Lakewood

9:45 am, arrive Manhattan Port Authority

10:00 am, brunch, Mr Broadway or Moishe Falafel

11:15 am, leave Port Authority to New Windsor

1:23 pm, arrive New Windsor

3:00 pm, leave Spring Valley

4:00 pm, arrive Port Authority

Cram with commuters on the Staten Island Ferry – yay for free sightseeing!

7:00 pm, supper – Noidue (thanks, Batya, for the tip!) or Ben’s Deli

8:00 pm, arrive Penn Stn, wait for bus

8:20 pm, depart Penn Stn

An educational website I hate to love…

image Much has been said elsewhere in the homeschooling world about Starfall.

I’ll start by saying I despise almost everything about the site.  And then add - but the kids love it. 

Naomi adores “guessing” what the word will be as the reading voice sounds it out.  They use kids’ voices throughout, which is very appealing to both children.  They will do almost anything I ask them to do as long as I promise them a “Starfall book.”

We are only five books into the Learn to Read series, but these “books” go much faster than the Bob books and other phonetic readers I’ve seen.  They might not be too helpful without the groundwork we’ve already done in the easy readers, but as a way to both reinforce phonics and introduce new vocabulary… fantastic!

Naomi’s First Words

words 005Ted says she spelled these out all by herself, without any help from him, while I was out this evening.

Can you guess what they spell?  The two that got wet are probably the ones that will help you the most.

Yay, her!  Definitely must add lowercase letters this year, though…

Monday, August 23, 2010

Parsha Poem: Ki Savo / Ki Tavo / כִּי תָבוֹא

Devarim/Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

Note:  This week’s parsha also deals with the Seven Species.  For posts on that topic instead, click here (Parsha Poem) or here (link to a video).


All of Sefer Devarim is Moshe’s last speech,

The words that he wanted to tell and to teach.

He wouldn’t be leading us very much longer,

But he wanted us still to learn and grow stronger.

When he spoke to the people, he stood at the front,

Gathered us all, for he had to be blunt.

But in this week’s parsha, Ki Tavo, we’re told

He told them about what the future would hold.

Before going up into Israel at last,

Hashem would give one final test to be passed.

On twin stone mountains, we’d all have to crowd

To hear blessings and curses shouted out loud.

Mount Grizim for half the Jews to gather on that date;

Mount Eyval for the rest of us, to listen well and wait.

And “Amein” from each side of the mountains we’d yell,

While our elders would stand in the middle and tell.

They’d tell of a bracha, a blessing so sweet,

Or a terrible curse you’d never want to meet.

What sort of blessings did Hashem want to send?

Happiness, babies and joy without end.

So why would he threaten to send us a curse?

In case our behaviour, if bad, would get worse.

We’ll plant seeds, He warned, but harvest no crops;

See nothing but empty shelves in the shops.

Hashem will send illnesses, terrors indeed,

And poor people begging, so great is their need.

Just as a parent might punish a child

For running around and acting all wild,

Hashem also says, “I expect you to behave,

The Torah to keep and the mitzvot to save.”

Hashem had looked after us all of this time,

Fed us each day and kept us from grime.

But now, Moshe told us, we were ready to stand

On our own feet in our own Holy Land.

It’s easy, he said, when you’re working each day

To forget it’s Hashem who shows you the way

It’s easy to think you did it all by yourself

clip_image004When you reap all the veggies lined up on the shelf.

But this parsha tells us Hashem has a part;

Hashem fills our baskets; his words fill our heart.

So be grateful for all and just thank him each day;

And may it only be brachas Hashem sends our way.

(images are from an old issue of Olomeinu, courtesy of Chinuch.org’s clipart archive)

Menu Plan Monday #27: 13 Elul, 5770

Why the weird dates? Click here to find out!

We are a Jewish family of 6 (2 parents, 4 kids) and all our meals are kosher.

Newcomers, you can read my MPM intro here which tells you all about who we are and what we eat, or just visit my super-duper-list-tastic itemization of Everything We Eat.

So we’re going to New York City – well, okay, and then on to Lakewood and Monsey – tomorrow night.  Yay!

Which means a pretty short week for menu planning.  Ted will be on his own for Wednesday, Thursday and Shabbos.  Actually, my mother is making the main dish for Shabbos; Ted says he’ll do all the side stuff.

Sunday:  Ravioli birthday supper at Mommy’s house

Monday (tonight):  Chicken BBQ’d on skewers; rice; sweepo oven fries

Also tonight:  Mix no-knead dough for pletzl on Sunday – double batch (or triple?); mix challah dough for Shabbos & freeze – ask Ted to take it out to fridge on Thursday afternoon.  Hmm… or mix dough this afternoon, form loaves tonight, then freeze loaves.

Tuesday (Ted’s late day):  Baked potatoes with bowls of cheese, chili, etc.  Elisheva’s choice, because I ran out of inspiration:  “That is an easy supper; it’s just like in Poland, Mommy.”  We leave at 6:30 for the bus, so it will have to be an early supper…

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday… ha ha ha ha ha ha…so long, folks!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

That’s my girl!

imageIn the car on the way home today before naptime (aka Quiet Reading Time), Naomi told me she was going to read her princesses book and her Barbie book.  They are both collections of “easy reader” books, with several short and insipid stories in each. 

(the Barbies one is from the library, but unfortuntely, we own the princesses one so we can’t get rid of it)

I try not to hate the books too vocally, because Naomi loves them.  So I said, “That’s a lot of reading.  If there are five stories in each book, how many stories will you have altogether?”

She said, “actually, there are six stories in the Barbie book.”

image “Okay, so if the princesses has five and Barbies has six, how many stories do you have altogether?”

Instantly:  “Eleven.”

“What???  How did you know that?  How did you think of that so fast?”

“I just knew that if there were five, and then one more, and then more…”

She doesn’t actually READ the books yet.  She just stares longingly at the pictures, probably willing herself to slip onto the page and into the world of Barbies or princesses, or both.

But yesterday she was reading one in bed and came out to tell me she could read the words.  Basic stuff like “time to get up,” but it’s a HUGE step for her.  She has really resisted the idea of reading until what I resolved would be my final decisive push with our Bob Books over the last few weeks.

I wouldn’t say it’s going great, but she is definitely reading now, and we haven’t formally started any kind of SK curriculum yet, so she’s safely ahead of that milestone.  As with Elisheva, I was sure it would never happen, and then one day… it did.