Winter is posturing mightily this morning. Here’s what greeted us when we walked outside at 8-ish to drive Ted to work:
Is this its last gasp? As when my children puff up their cheeks and mutter murderous threats, it’s all I can do not to giggle. The porch thermometer reads +1. The end is in sight now; for all its tough talk, winter can’t last.
Garden gnome: “ach, the indignity…”
Meanwhile, indoors, it’s cozy & warm:
Elisheva took Naomi to the Sunday drop-in program, so it’s quality time with GZ.
His reading skills are light-years ahead of his coordination, so we’ve kind of reached the limit of what we can do in his workbook. He’s okay if it’s just circling same/different – in fact, he LOVES the same/different sheets. I guess we need a book that’s ALL same/different, because this one has moved on from recognition to simple line drawing and basic strokes / character formation. At first he could keep up, when it was basic mazes, but now it’s drawing X’s and O’s, and that’s way beyond him at the moment. I do like the book and plan to return to it once he’s ready.
Meanwhile… some suitably Wintry Math! Just trying to figure out where I downloaded these sheets from; it was a while ago. Ah – here we go – lots of snowy wintertime printables from Itsy Bitsy Learners!
We practiced the numbers in a “Montessorish” 3-period style: “This is THREE.” “Can you show me FIVE?” “How many cars do I have here?” Because it’s review, I’m moving quickly through the periods, but understanding this technique – which Charlotte Mason also observed and approved of in Maria Montessori’s work – is very helpful, and applicable to any subject, at any level.
And now… breakfast time! While he happily listens to his davening CD. Today is the first time he’s gotten even a little fidgety in the absence of all the other kids. Usually, he’s extremely independent – the point of resenting intrusion.
I probably shouldn’t have interrupted his independent play to do the worksheets and math, but I knew he’d enjoy it, and I had to do it in a break in my gruelling dishwashing schedule.