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November 30, 2012

Avery went to Goddard and did not have any accidents. He is getting more, what? The space between his accidents and the toilet are getting less, if that makes sense, but still no pee success. Have had poop success, though. Have not had a poop accident in a week and had one overnight diaper poop. Here is his Freely Report.

Big kids:

  • Finished Ch. 9 with all of this ten frame business. It is essentially more place value, but it is done in a sort of awkward way. Naim is struggling with it, so we had a big place value reteach using the Math U See “Decimal Street” method and base-ten blocks. I don’t know if he is any closer, I may put Nik on it. 
  • Did two pages each of Sylvan.
  • Naim did Bonus workbook of HOP Lesson 5 and reread “The Fog.”
  • Aaron reread his story in HOP Lesson 12.
  • Aaron did magic C capitals in HWT
  • Naim and I did more OT excersises with a ball and scissors work for Zaner-Bloser.
  • Naim and I did DER Lesson 35 in the evening as I forgot to get him started on it this morning.
  • We watched BrainPop about Mark Twain

November 26, 2012

So, trying to get back into the swing of things…

We had a quiet Thanksgiving Holiday. They did do some kiwi crate activities with kaleidoscopes and shadow puppets. We had Dwight over for Thanksgiving. I don’t think he has been here for forever. Kids went to We Village so Nik and I could have our monthly date. And most exciting, Naim saved up his $40 to get Nik’s old iPod Touch that we sold to him with a family discount. He still have $10 to go but that is on the layaway plan. It has taken him about six or eight months to save the money. He was very excited, and seems to so far be using it responsibly. Oh, Naim also went over to R’s house and they made sugar skulls and caramel apples for her “Autumn Party.”

Avery started potty training. So far, no success but not a lot of failures either. He holds it until he sleeps. He gets the whole potty thing mentally, I think. He just doesn’t know how to release his muscles voluntarily I don’t think. But the kid can hold his pee. (ETA: As I was writing this, we had our first successful #2 in the toilet!) Woo Hoo!

He returned to Goddard today, he did not have any accidents there, either. Here is his report. We are doing naked from waist down at home, and underpants (and extra packed for accidents) for Goddard. So far, naked or underpants doesn’t seem to make a difference.

I have Avery’s IEP meeting on Wednesday and I am going to check out the ECSE preschool. I got a little more logistical info from Jean today. I am kind of shocked at how little services he gets compared to the kids I had in ECSE in Nebraska and Kansas. Is it like this on a federal level now or does HPS/NWRESD just suck? I’ve been out of the loop. But I think I want him to go there and that is going to cause a big schedule shake up for all of us. Here is what I am tentatively thinking now:

  1. He stays at Goddard Mondays and Fridays. This will lower his tuition somewhat, and then whenever they think he is ready to move to preschool (has to be potty trained) it will lower it a bit more.
  2. He goes to ECSE preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He can go up to 4 days a week, but right now, it sounds like they are only going to give him 2 days. He will be bussed there.
  3. On Wednesday, we all go to Village Home. This means I am recking up the kids schedule big time. I will have to drop all of their Tuesday classes, and I will add a couple on Wednesday for one long day. Avery and I will either stick around or go home and come back (or in my dreams I can get them a ride one way or another…)
  4. For VH for Naim, I am looking at Discoverers, Film Making, Measure for Treasure, and maybe procession of the species, which is a parade prep class.
  5. For Aaron, it would be Discoverers, Science Olympiad, Messy Garage, and maybe mystery solvers club.
  6. I will be pulling Naim out of all drama that way. So, to replace it (because he needs to be kept busy) I will put him in a NWCT drama class, probably on Monday late afternoons. There is a concurrent art class in the same building that I may look into for Aaron. Not sure yet.
  7. I am also thinking about finding some kind of park and rec afternoon activity a couple of days a week (swimming, gymnastics, etc.) so that we have places to go and aren’t all stuck inside 4 days a week. Tues./Thurs. afternoons most likely.
  8. This whole plan (if it all works as planned) will meet a number of goals. I wanted to eliminate Goddard because of the expense, but at least I am reducing it. Avery will get the most services this way (if he stayed exclusively at Goddard, they would only come in like once a month.) The big kids will have more time without Avery around for their school projects. (It will go from 12 hours to 14. Not a huge increase, but enough to divide to 4 days, which has its advantages.) And I will not have to go to VH two days in a row, which was kind of killing me in a wimpy, annoying way last quarter.

It will all go down Wednesday. Let’s hope I can get all the parts to the puzzle together.

Big kids today:

  • Naim did DER 34 DVD and discussion questions and workbook.
  • They did the textbook part of Ch. 9 in Calvert Math, grouping factors into tens to assist in adding.
  • They did 2 pp. of Sylvan. Aaron did Vocab today. (He does reading, spelling, vocabulary in a rotation.)
  • Aaron worked on capitals in his HWT book.
  • Naim worked on some of the OT exersises from Zaner Bloser, and did a couple more mazes.
  • In the afternoon we did Ch. 2 in MGG geography books.
  • Aaron did Lesson 12 DVD and book. I realized today that he only has Lesson 12, 13 and then the review lesson in the 1st grade HOP left. I hustled and ordered second grade today.
  • Naim did Lesson 5 DVD and book in his HOP.

I have also assigned “projects” to them. I don’t know exactly how these are going to go yet, but we will figure it out as we go along. My hope is that in a few years when reading and writing are solidified, everything they do will be in project form. Naim’s is to research and make a presentation as to how we could be more environmentally sustainable at home. Aaron’s is to research a wind turbine and build a model of one, and then give a presentation about it. I am sure that these will have to be a trial and error thing and won’t amount to much this first time around, but it was a start and they are very excited about them.

October 22, 2012

Avery went to Goddard. I am kind of hating on that train table in the lobby. He is starting to have fits if I take him away from it, and I have to get him out of there because of big kids. The last few days it has been a screamfest.

Big Kids:

  • Naim did Lesson 27 in DER
  • We worked with the Montessori golden beads for some place value work, and that went well. Then we did the Calvert Ch. 8 review stuff with the idea that we would do the test and finish the chapter, but Naim struggled with rounding and skip counting so much today I decided they need another day of review before the test.
  • Both did two pp. of respective Sylvan books
  • Naim did DVD and book of Lesson 3 in HOP.
  • Aaron did review, reread “Over My Head” to Naim, did the online game and two review worksheets for Unit 2 review in his HOP.
  • Both did #1-6 in HWT
  • We did lesson 2 in atelier art. This was about Picasso so we watched a brain pop about Picasso and painted with mixed colors.

Working on Artelier art. He WAS dressed in his General Grevous costume, but took it off so he wouldn’t get paint on it.

Aaron’s work, next to the Picasso one. It isn’t supposed to be a copy, just an idea. The lesson is actually focused on mixing primary colors.

Naim’s painting.



October 18, 2012

Avery went to Goddard. Traci says he is sick of his lunch and doesn’t eat it. It cracked me up because I never know what Nik packs, but when she started telling me what he had today I could have recited it. So, it isn’t only me who sees Nik’s lack of creativity around meals. I think it must come from not being able to just go and scan around the kitchen to see what’s there, you fall back on the same things. I have done dinner menus for him, so now I think I need to make a list of lunch ideas, too. Wait–didn’t I do that already once or twice? Where do those things go?

Big Kids:

  • Naim did Lesson 26 of DER
  • We did 8.11 and a practice/review in Calvert Math
  • They did each 2 pp. of Sylvan. Aaron started his new 2nd grade book. It is not too hard for him, it is just right. But he has a lot more writing than he is used to and he is being a whiner about it.
  • Naim did worksheets, review of words, and shared reading and song in HOP Lesson 2.
  • Aaron did a worksheet and reread “Over My Head” for HOP Lesson 8. (And told me all about DNA and RNA and drew double helixes on his paper.)
  • Did HWT #1-5
  • Watched BrainPop Jr. about 100 and skip counting
  • Watched BrainPop about two party system and elections
  • Did Lesson 2 in Maps, Globes and Graphs (which is going to become MMG)
  • Did Little Passports to India
  • Naim practiced his lines and songs for his play (Aaron helped.)
  • Naim had soccer.

Soccer pics came at soccer practice today:

October 15, 2012

Avery’s Freely. Am I going to get to Avery’s Buttercups today? If you are reading this, the answer must be no.

Jean came to see Avery at Goddard today. What she said:

I saw Avery in class this morning and spoke with his teacher about what she saw as his biggest communication needs in class at this time.  She will take pictures of the different center areas, the tractor and bikes outside and of the bathroom.  She will also take a picture of him when he is happy and when he is upset to see if we can help him identify what he is feeling so he can better tell them or show them what is upsetting him.  I have explained to her how we would use the pictures but she is going to let me know when they are ready and I will go and model how to use them in class.  He was very quiet today.  He followed the routine directions very well.

Big Kids:

  • Naim did Lesson 25 in DER
  • Both did Lesson 8.10 in Calvert Math. Skip counting by 2. It took forever and I think I will have them work more with the hundreds board on this. We are wrapping up this chapter in Calvert and then will make the switch.
  • Both did 2 pp. of respective Sylvan books. Aaron is done with his. I have ordered him the 2nd grade language arts book but it hasn’t come yet. He gets a day or two off from Sylvan, then.
  • Naim did Bonus book for HOP lesson 2 and reread story.
  • Aaron did book and DVD for Lesson 8 in HOP. Almost time to order 2nd Grade for him.
  • Both did #4 in HWT. Naim does ok, actually with numbers in handwriting. He just doesn’t seem to transfer to other subjects.
  • Did first chapter of Maps, Globes and Graphs (Level A) It is too easy for them but it does a nice intro and transition to cardinal directions on a map and in real life, so I think we can burn through it quickly.
  • Did Experiment 3 in Magic Schoolbus solar system

October 5, 2012

Avery’s Freely Report. Avery always has some activity out when I come to pick him up, since he is one of the two afternoon pick-ups and everyone else is heading to naps, if not already there. Almost as soon as he sees me, he puts everything back into its container and puts it back on the shelf. How very Montessori of him. Maybe I should have sent the big kids to preschool!

Big Kids:

  • Naim did DER Lesson 24
  • Aaron read “Fox on a Box” from Usborne Phonics.
  • We made the Montessori 100s board today and it took awhile but it was a lot of fun. I’m trying to allow for more time to explore and learn rather than just getting stuff done just to get it done. You always think you want to do that of course, but sometimes you have to check yourself. We did Calvert Math 8.10, skip counting by fives.
  • Both did 2 pp. of Sylvan
  • Aaron did worksheets for HOP Lesson 7.
  • Naim did DVD and book for HOP Lesson 2.
  • We worked on numbers 1-3 in HWT.

I got the next math book to look at. And I am thinking we might just go ahead and start it. It is Math In Focus which is Singapore method since they discontinued Calvert. I was thinking we would finish our current book first, but now I think I like the singapore method better so we might as well just start it. Also, Aaron is done with  his Sylvan K books, which we’ve just kind of done on the side as extra. I think I am going to skip first grade for him and send him up to second. And I will use his first grade books for Naim, because I doubt Naim will be able to skip. The grades are rather arbitrary, anyway. I also think that I want to start doing some minor school on Tues. and Wed. VH days to help Naim’s retention. Sylvan might be good to do there, and maybe some math practice. Also, we are on 3 in HWT and once we reach ten (in about 7 days!) We will be done with that book and I will be so happy. Aaron wants to go on to the next HWT level, so I will let him do that on his own with only minor assistance. His handwriting is fine. Naim and I are going back to K with Zaner Bloser. Again, I wish they would stop naming all these levels as grade levels. It’s fine to go book A, book B or whatever and even have suggested grades in the teachers guide. But it is not accurate to even say that all Kindergarteners should be here and all 2nd graders should be here because it is never going to happen, and then it just trips up kids when they are doing their 3rd K book in 2nd grade because that is where they need to be. Homeschoolers are so anti grade level anyway, that I bet the homeschool curriculum will get there soon. But wonder if PS will ever catch on or just keep passing kids through, grade by grade.

We leave for our Seattle field trip on Sunday.

Hundred Board:

October 4, 2012

Avery’s Goddard Report. With added toothbrushy-ness.

Big Kids:

  • Lesson 23 of DER and review stuff (Naim)
  • Aaron read Usborne Phonics Reader “Ted on a Red Bed.”
  • Chapter 8.8 in Calvert Math
  • 2pp. each in Sylvan
  • Aaron HOP Lesson 7 DVD and book
  • Naim HOP Lesson 1 bonus workbook and review in book.
  • Naim soccer.