We observed the holiday on Monday with Lars spending the day at his friends, Ben working and me enjoying the great luxery of a nap and some private time with Anders. The cousins spent the night Tuesday night, which is always fun. Needing to have them at school by 8am had us all up at 6:45. Which was good as we are still struggling to get started before about 8:45. You would think after 8 years of having kids I might be a morning person. I’ll get there yet.
There were four great victories this week: First, Anders is very fond of watercolors. He began a book I made out of watercolor paper and permanent marker of the alphabet and sat seated at least an hour a day to paint with great concentration. Of course, the palette is all brown now and he asked me “where do all da olors Mama? I can no find ’em!”. He also is beginning to recognize a few of the letters and some numbers and can identify six colors. Secondly, our Lars (an auditory learner) who battles with the task of physical writing, overcame this week and began his essay on the life of Shakesphere. We worked for 2 hours on a flow chart ( I filled it in as he directed) and editing our work orally. The key to this boy is doing everything orally, dictating to me his thoughts as he organizes them. We diagrammed all of his sentences and by the end he had composed a four-part essay which he is now copying and illustrating. For him to hear that he can write and then do the copywork was a huge encouragement. My goal is by the end of the year he can do them solo. Third, we started a co-op today and Anders went to a class for 3-5 year olds himself with no fits! Finally, he is able to relate to kids his own age! He was very proud and earned his three beloved gummy bears. Lars started his six week class on the elections and the Titanic. He was astonished that the 40+ kids were all educated at home! It brought the comfort of normalcy to him. Fourth, after the co-op we went straight to SAINTS, a 3 hour accredited PE program every Friday for home educated kids. This experience was beyond my expectations and I will have to expound on it more later. Let me just say it is what I have been praying for in the life of my son. Athletic training and confidence with organized and truly God-honoring integrity and hard play outdoors. He went to bed tonight thanking me profusely for bringing him such great joy and declared he never knew he was a good athlete!
I wll tell you teaching is both energizing and exhausting as we try to get the routine down and I firgure how to cover everything I need to in four days, with Fridays off for co-op and sports. I am really tired! There will be some shifting around this week, I am sure. May you all enjoy a weekend of rest and I urge you, prayer for our country and the world.