Monday, October 27, 2008

Back to hittin' da books...

Today was a pretty cool day "in school". Hubster was home and hung out while we did a little more structured learning than normal. We played a game that was really teaching something about lower and upper case letters (which Ooky needs work on), and played a homemade game called "Plus One", which basically revealed to the kids that when you're adding one to another number, the answer is always "the next number". So apparently, when you show Iggy and Ooky that they can add a number as big as 502+1...and the answer is the next number (503), it is so unbelievably cool. Big numbers = big smiles in this house, I guess.

Anyway, what was really cool was that Iggy, who usually won't read for anyone but mom, read five books to Dad today! Usually when Hubster was home and i'd say "How about Iggy reads to you for awhile," Iggy would get all silly and forget how to do most anything having to do with letters. I don't know if it was nervousness or just delight that Dad was home and not being able to concentrate. In any event, today they sat on the couch and Iggy read FIVE books. It was very very cool.

We are also getting really into the whole sign language thing. The boys like to sign whenever they can...today they learned a lot of food words, so lunchtime was a real treat. We did Signing Time Vol. 1 last week, and picked up our requested Vol. 3 on Sunday from the library (yes, Sunday!) and ate that DVD up this morning. Still waiting for Vol.2...Iggy asked me today how many volumes there were all together and when I told him 13 he was pretty sure he'd be able to say anything in sign language when he's all done. It will be fun to see what its like when they get that far...they think its neat because we have "a secret code". Hubster made sure to sit in on our Signing Time DVD today...so as not to be left out of the code...

The boys also made baby windsock ghosts for their Grandma (Hubster's mom) and took them to the nursing home when we visited today. She was very appreciative of their spooky decorations. Hubsters mom is supportive about the boys being homeschooled...even though its TOTALLY out of the norm for the family. I think she just wants everyone to be happy, and whatever that means for each of her kids and their families, "so be it". Anyhow, after her accident a few months ago, she wasn't sure what had actually happened with the boys regarding school so she asked Iggy the last time we visited "So...do you go to public school or are you homeschooled?" and Iggy answered "Grandma, I'm homeschooled," and she says "Aw....well, then that means you have the best teacher in the world."

Now, couldn't you just kiss that woman??

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

You're such a fun Momma! You're always doing something fun with them. They are very lucky to have you. It's great that your MIL is so accepting of HSing. It's nice when everyone doesn't always have an opinion about it, lol.
haha, my word is hentat!

jbantau said...

I love it when they find simple things, like plus one, so very magical. It's the best place in the world to be when you see those faces light up with a cool new discovery.

Sarah said...

How do you make a baby windsock? I bet my gals would love that craft.

It's so nice to have support in your family. We've been so lucky that nearly everyone in our family supports our homeschooling, even when they don't always understand the how's, why's and wherefore's. I don't actually think I've heard anything negative about homeschooling, except from people I barely know. That says something awesome about the people we do know!

I remember when Fuchsia found out about the concept of +1, she ran around all day shouting out different addition facts. :-D

Beverly said...

That was a very nice thing for Grandma to say. You're fortunate in that!