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    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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I am so struggling to keep up this blog!!!

It is since Nik is working, there just isn’t any time in the day, and then at night we are both exhausted and that is the only time I get to talk to him anyway. He gets up at 4:45am to get to work by 7:30. Then back by 6:00pm. I get up about 7:00, we both go to bed around 11 or midnight. Neither of us ever get to stop moving until after about 10, and then you can’t move at all. It is exhausting. We are forgetting things, I am having trouble even remembering what we have done the last couple of weeks since I last updated. I used to sometimes write when the kids were at Village Home, but now I have Avery with me all the time so that makes it hard. Lets see if I can hit some highlights, here.

Avery has been going to Speech every Friday. He has an hour allotted but usually only makes it a half hour before he quits and you can’t do anything with him again. She (Kathy) has dialed it back with him, I can tell. At first she was working on vocalizing beginning sounds, then she was working on vocalizing anything at all. Then   she worked on him pointing at thing. Here, for the first time, he pointed at pictures in a book when asked. (an apple and a car, she asks “where’s the car” and he points to it.) Last week she worked on a picture exchange system with him. We had tried this before several months ago with not much luck. Now he did it a bit with her. So now this week I need to make a picture exchange poster for him. Ugh. I need Nik to get me a Brailler from work because I cannot find my stylus and I don’t want to slate a bunch of Braille anyway. I’m much faster with a Brailler.

Village Home just finished Week 3 and all that is going well. Maya (Jenn C.’s kid, is in some of their classes. ) In science, Naim’s class has been working on a volcano for the last few weeks. I have some notes from their classes, which I will try to find and enter here.

Math Playground: Spring Weeks 2-3

Last week we explored permutations and combinations by:
– Reading A Three Hat Day (Geringer)
– Testing how many combinations could be made with 3 types of hats paired with 3 colors of scarves
– Playing around with Pascal’s triangle
– Putting multiples of 3 in order
– Playing a memory game matching hats with their likely owners
– Practicing hand-eye coordination tossing bean-bags into hats, and
– Folding and decorating paper hats.

This week we explored sets and attributes by:
– Reading Five Creatures (Jenkins) and exploring how many different attributes the 5 members of the household in the story could be sorted by
– Playing the card game Set*
– Sorting blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors into different groups
– Playing a Star Wars memory game
– Playing UNO
– Making picture designs with colored tiles, and
– Making repeating patterns with magnet shapes.

Bookworms

Sun and rain, snow and hail, weather happens all the time. This week, we will reading and learning about weather, including weather words, types of clouds, and more.

Messy Science

This week, get ready to have a BLAST as we get to work on learning about volcanoes and creating volcano models.

Avery and I have gotten into a little routine, that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with me going to 24 hour fitness like planned. We play in the playroom for an hour, go to Library story time where they have songs and books and crafts, go to the playground, come back and have lunch, play a bit more and go home. It works, but I do want to fit in 24 hour at least sometimes.

Church has been good. We missed Easter but had a good day going to the park and a picnic and D came to the park. Naim played a soccer game with some older kids. Avery slid down the slide by himself for the first time.

Regular school is coming along. We are nearly finished with math ch. 3. Both are on their second Sylvan books. Both are moving through HOP. Naim is kicking serious ass in reading. He is getting it. It has helped immensely to have him read a bit almost every day.

We went to an Easter Egg hunt at the fairgrounds a day before easter. They rode on ponies, too. Which was a bit guilt-inducing for me, because those poor ponies don’t seem to have a great life. They just go around and around a thing. But Nik bought the tickets not really knowing. They also got to go on some inflatables and check out some motorcycles and ambulance and stuff. Some car dealership had some cars there, and no other kid was lined up for them, but my kids were fascinated by cars. So these are transit kids.

We have been reading world history again and working through the Magic School Bus science experiments. Hope to have more time for that kind of thing after…

Avery starts preschool at Goddard in May. It is a stop-gap until we can get him into ECE when he turns three. It is too expensive. But we took a tour of three different places I could get to and the others had long wait lists and their was just a whole different vibe to them. I still think Goddard is more slick sales campaign than real differentiated substance, but for our purposes, it was the only thing that made sense. And that kid needs to Go. To. School. At least for right now as I cannot give him the stimulation and attention he needs and still get anything else done. So he will go three days a week from 9-1. Its a bit sad in a way. I’m spending the first whole day with him, and then I will see how comfortable I am with it. It is a ratio of 5 to 1, with only 10 kids in the class. (that is what you are paying all the money for.)

I don’t like when I do these catch-up posts because there is a million little things I forget. Like the kids shopping for bargains in the store, or trying to sell rocks for $10 on the sidewalk, or looking at bugs in the backyard. Or talking to cousins Karl and Wilma in Sweden via Facebook and sharing bionicle stories in two languages. So much stuff happening, I have to make time to blog about it.

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