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    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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February-March, 2014

Dude, if I get this in today, it counts for March!

We are doing pretty well. My main challenge is just that I am ridiculously overworked with too many projects and I cannot let any of them go. We are digging ourselves slowly but surely out of the last few months challenges.

But! Here we go!

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We were organizing school stuff. This is pretty much this years’ curriculum.

Curriculum highlights:

  • Math…They finished the 1B book in Math in Focus. We are in Chapter 3 of the 2A book which is subtraction of 3 digit numbers with regrouping. We are chugging along.
  • Reading…Naim is on the last lesson of Ch.1 in Reading Horizons. We need to wrap up the test stuff before we go on to the next book. He is doing fairly well with his “Most Common Words.” He can read a lot of stuff and I notice him reading other stuff out in the world on the fly. We are sloooowly coming along.
  • Reading for Aaron…he finished all of Master Reader and thus the whole 5 year Hooked on Phonics Curriculum. I tried to have him read on his own, but he doesn’t really do it well. So now I bought him a curriculum from the Teacher’s Mailbox which is just 36 cards with some non-fiction reading, questions, and then a writing assignment. And then somedays he will read a National Geographic or something.
  • We have started to read “Little House in the Big Woods.” After finishing Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Ramona, Age 8. There are two more Ramona books but I think they needed a break. So far, the LH book is doing OK for them.
  • They are both moving along in Sylvan and Sylvan Spelling.
  • Aaron is midway through the first Cursive HWT book. He is doing ok with it.
  • Naim and I have just bought some practice handwriting books from Learning Palace and are just working through them. I do think his handwriting has improved in legibility, although it still has a way to go.
  • We have done two Atelier Art projects. One was on Van Gogh, the other was a chalk and glue mixed media tactile thing.
  • We are on Lesson 13 in Music.
  • We have started Real Science for Kids Chemistry (the primary book.) There are ten lessons. We read a chapter from the book, do an experiment and write up a lab report, do a sort of lap book study guide and then take a test. We have just finished the first lesson on the basics of atoms.
  • We have started reading the UNICEF book  “A Life Like Mine.” It is based on the UNICEF charter of rights for children. It talks about the right, then shows how different children around the world live in regards to that right. So far we have read the first unit on Survival, which had chapters on water, food, shelter and health.
  • We have done a bit of Angel Bear Yoga.
  • Oh, we did a Little Passport or two. I think I only have one left. They want to do the states one, but I don’t think I can afford it right now.
  • This isn’t really curriculum per se, but we continue to work on what I will call ADLs (holdover from special ed) Activities of Daily Living, AKA chores! We are working on having upstairs and downstairs partners to get work done. It goes incrementally slow and tedious. But that is pretty much how housework goes.
Aaron finished HOP Master Reader! The poster behind him shows his progress.

Aaron finished HOP Master Reader! The poster behind him shows his progress.

Classes:

  • Aaron did a good job in Art at PCAS. I heard no major grumbles from the teacher. Naim actually tried a trial day and liked it, so we are thinking of switching them next term.
  • Naim was the Emperial General in the Emporer’s New Clothes at NWCT. He did ok in the play. But I am kind of thinking that he needs to take learning lines more seriously if he wants to continue in theater. I really wish I could find him a good improv class, because I think he would enjoy it.
  • At Village, Aaron had Explorers, American History, Pirates, and Legos. Explorers was fine. AM we had trouble getting him to read the assignments. Pirates seemed ok except I am suspicious over what happened when they had a treasure hunt and Aaron “won” a giHUGic lego pirate ship. This mystery has never quite been resolved. Legos was OK but he had some incidences getting picked up because he often lost something he brought and put everyone through hell until he found it. Because of this and some other meltdown problems, I am pulling him out of VH for a term.
  • Naim had Explorers, Schoolhouse mash-up, World History, and Fun Sports. He did well in all of them.
  • They took 2 days of Spring Break Zoo Camp while I dealt with a medical issue. One day was Zoo Clues and the other was Animals of the Northwest. There was another meltdown on one day concerning aftercare and pickup with Aaron. So….
  • Our Homeschool PE class got canceled, so now we are starting swimming (for Naim and Avery only for now.)
  • Avery has continued to attend Goddard two days a week and is doing well.

Field Trips:

  • Let’s See…Naim and I went to OMSI and saw the Tony Hawk exhibit, the usual OMSI stuff and toured the submarine.
  • We went to VH’s Bloom fund raiser and talent show.
  • We saw Goodnight Moon at NWCT (with Avery! His first play and he did very well.)
  • Kids and I went to see the Lego Movie.
  • Naim went to a youth symphony with his friend R. They also made several trips in the snow to sled.
  • We’ve done some of the usual 53rd Street Park and Outdoors In, also Bagley Park. We also went and checked out the new library.
  • Avery went to a birthday party for one of his Goddard classmates at Oregon Gymnastics Academy. He did really well after the first few minutes. It really helped that his former teacher, Tracie was there because her son is also in his class.

Other stuff:

  • As I mentioned, A has been having meltdown problems again, after I thought it was getting better. The final straw was taking him to get his haircut. He just had a screaming fit. When we talked later about it and about how he had other options (one being sitting and enduring a few minutes of discomfort respectfully) he said that he did not know that was an option. (!?!?!) So I have been reading up on self-regulation and executive functioning skills and trying to come up with some strategies. But for now, (and because there are consequences for his actions) he has been pulled out of every class except drama (which he is at right now!) My thought process is that maybe he might learn some self regulation in drama (it is just intro to acting, all games and no play). And he needs something to work with so he can earn back the privilege of more classes.
  • Naim got braces! Finally! It is the first step and he has them on the bottom only until May when they will finish the top ones. He has done really well and is very compliant. This is another reason we thought he might like to chill out in art and not have to worry about a play. Talking hurts right now, he says.
  • We had some fun snow days in February. (this is really out of order, no?)
  • Aaaand…Naim learned to ride his bike in like, one afternoon.

We are getting there, we are making it…slowly!

Pictures:

August 4-11, 2013

Ok, So I think due to our A/C breaking down and my office being like, 98 degrees for the last week, I did not get any blogging done. I will review:

On 8/4, Naim and Nik went to a Portland Timbers reserve soccer game. This was a free ticket that he got from being at soccer camp. Since it was reserves, the stadium was practically empty, but he had fun. It would be nice for him to see the mayhem of  a full-fledged game. Nik rooted for the Vancouver White Caps and Naim rooted for the Timbers. I think they even had American and Canadian Flags. White Caps won.

On Monday, Avery went to Goddard and the kids did school downstairs because it was cooler. I can’t remember what they did right now. We also went to the library in the afternoon where we read some pokemon and superhero books and they turned in their summer reading poster and got their free books and stuff.

On Tuesday, we waited around for the A/C guy who didn’t show up, we tried to get some school done and Erika came for Naim and they went for a walk. In the afternoon, we went to the park and to D’s house for some cool air. They had fun going through the stuff they haven’t seen in 8 months. I should have let them do that awhile back. They also went with Nik to a neighborhood safety party at the park. They ate watermelon and talked to the police and fire people about safety stuff. Naim apparently entertained the firefighters a great deal.

On Wednesday, They went to the dentist in the morning and they went to Pump It Up in the afternoon.

Thursday I am drawing a blank, but I do know that I spent flippin’ days waiting for home repair people who did not show up.

On Friday, Avery went to Goddard and the kids did school. The A/C guy came in the afternoon. Also R. came to visit Naim for the afternoon.

On Saturday, they went to the gym with Nik.

On Sunday, we went to visit D in the nursing home and they played minecraft and other games with him.

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February 7, 2013

Village Home day.

The biggest thing that happened this day is that through an unfortunate chain of events that included firedrills, library books and lost strollers, I left my backpack at village and ended up making the kids walk a total of 5 miles to retrieve it.

But otherwise, I think they had a good day. They read the LORAX in Discoverers, Aaron had an accident in Messy Garage that involved wearing teenaged pants from the swap table (and then walking in them for 31/2 miles with a piece of yarn tied around them for a belt.) Avery and I visited the library and read books and got some for the kids. And I can’t recall them saying much else to me about classes. Naim did get to turn in his auction donations to the office.

October 16, 2012

Naim wanted me to take a picture of his 2s chart.

VH Day

Naim had math playground, drama and interact theater. Aaron had engineering in which he made a small catapult out of craft sticks, binder clips and a spoon. Apparently this lead later to raisins being shot across the interact classroom, which scandalized Naim. Aaron did say that he picked them up and we did have a big talk about how Naim agreed to let him share the class with him so he needs to be respectful of that. Naim and I talked about how Aaron’s behavior is Aaron’s responsibility and Hillary and I will work with him on it, he does not have to worry about it. Hillary did not say anything to me, so either she handled it or we just didn’t cross paths.

Avery and I played in the playroom, went to Library story time where the theme was opposites and he did a craft, and briefly played at the park.

I started Tuesday/Wednesday homework.

  • Naim did Sylvan 4 pp., a practice page of numbers and worked with the hundreds board on skip counting with 2s.
  • Aaron did not have his new Sylvan book yet (came the next day) so he just did the  numbers practice and the hundreds board.

Naim had soccer.

July 18, 2012

Avery’s Freely Report.

Avery fell asleep at school today, so maybe still getting over his illness, but he is eating fine, now.

Big Kids:

  • Sentence School: Bears sleep. Bears hibernate. We started journals so they are now writing the sentences. also practiced HWT letter -m- on chalkboards, in the notebooks and in workbooks. I don’t think the workbooks allow for enough practice, so I think we will do a few rows in the notebooks.
  • Sylvan, Aaron did 2 pp. Naim did 4.
  • Math, finished last lesson in practice book, and did all the “extra” stuff in the book for the chapter. Next time will be the chapter and cumulative tests. End of Ch. 6.
  • We checked on our bacteria experiments.
  • Aaron read two books from HOP to all of us, Naim provided video descriptions of pictures to Nik. That is the end of HOP Green book, V.1 for Aaron. and they got two more “stars” in the library reading program.

Naim’s eye pain magically went away once I called the eye doctor this morning. I had an emergency appointment for this afternoon, then he was acting so cagey about it I canceled, but decided to just do checkups for them both, which won’t happen till September now. Also made appointments for physical. Since we were planning to go do that, the kids wanted to go somewhere, so we went to Beaverton and restocked paints and stuff at Learning Palace, then met Nik and went to a restaurant to eat. Working on Aaron not having to talk the waitress’s ear off and just politely tell her his order without talking through everyone else. That got better, but he talked someone’s ear off all the way home on the max, but she seemed to be enjoying it, so it was fine. He needs to learn to take cues from people and the context and know when it is ok to tell someone about every bionicle you own and when you need to just shut up.

July 17, 2012

Went to the OutPost and the library. Saw Susannah and her kids, Lily and her kids. Naim did superhero training. Avery has not eaten much today, mostly fruit and water, but no vomiting and seems better although I was holding him a lot this morning at the park. This afternoon we went to Goddard for and ice cream social and a puppet show.

Also forgot to post earlier that this weekend we went through every inch of both Avery’s and Aaron/Naim’s room and cleaned it out. (Avery barfed all over his nice, clean room before I got pics.) I’m going room by room cleaning out stuff so I can make the big list of repairs and updates that need to happen. I don’t know at this point if anything major is going to happen this year. The carpet needs replacing, the floor rebuffed and the walls painted. I am loath to do that before Avery is potty trained and over being a toddler. This summer we are working on the yard. So next summer or the one after that maybe. But for now, the house is driving me insane, so at least it can be cleaned out of crap.

May 15, 2012

Kids went to VH. Math Playground was something about going outside and standing in a circle in human knots and unknotting themselves. Book worms was about Mexico, I think. Science seemed to be about layers of the earth and they made some concoction to represent the layers. Aaron made bionicles in Legos.

Avery and I played the first hour and read one of the Ladybug bookshelf books on the iPad. We then went to the library for story time which was all things cat. Avery played with a glue stick and kinda sorta glued cats on a piece of paper. Also got librarian to help me find books for everyone. Aaron was ancient Egypt, Naim was Magic Schoolbus, and Avery was some board books. Took Avery to park and the fountain was on, played on playground etc. Went back and had lunch. I really do have my own Avery preschool going on those days. For FREE!

Cat craft at Library Toddler Storytime.

Morning at VH. Alone with cars is the best thing evan!