Today started like any other day. Girls bouncing in my bed near seven am wondering if baby brother and I are awake or sleeping. Awake now apparently… Into the kitchen to take my blood sugar and pour cereal for the girls. I lament I haven’t made a new batch of quinoa for myself and tell myself I need to as it would be a much better breakfast for me.
Then I’m stacking up books near the green chair. I’ve put a dry diaper, clean clothes, squealing with joy baby on the floor gym and he’s kicking away inching diagonally along the mat. First, big five year old sister crawls into my lap and we do about three lessons in The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading . Then we finish up reading Bob Books from the Big blue Costco box, so I think this means she has read all if the Beginner and Advances readers. I get out the Big yellow box and we talk about reading more later.
Then I snatch up The Story About Ping and Little Sister crawls into my lap too. We have since had both girls take turns holding the spitter that I’m affectionately referring to as “vomitus Maximus” and dry again and new clothes for the third time today has been relocated to the swing. So now… We read aloud Ping for the first time and then discuss what’s worse about getting “in trouble” or “lost”. I think this was a recommendation from the Sonlight Core A list.
Next the wild child, still toddler, runs off to cause chaos somewhere. I pick up the erupting baby who very audibly needed a change, do such, and settle back down with AppleBlossom again. We pick up our Memoria Press First Grade Enrichment Guide
And go back over the last three weeks in the art, music, social studies and science sections in brief. Then I read aloud A House is A House for Me and using the guide we discuss it. I gather the Copybook and Sketchbook and we discuss coming back later to list the animals in the book.
This reminds me, I forgot to mention while joyous baby cooed on the gym as I lay next to him and smile… The girls did their Recitations. AppleBlossom working on week 4 of MP 1st Grade (we’ve added continents this week) and OrangeBlossom doing the same in Level B (as in count to ten and say the alphabet for her).
Now cheese for a snack.
Off to the couch to attempt to research a hurricane as mentioned in the enrichment guide. And I also realize I do not have the literary book for this week yet as it’s never a price I’m willing to pay. I’m mentally fussing at myself trying to decide if I should have just done it and decide to skip and figure out later.
Using the Kingfisher Children’s Encyclopedia we look up Wind and read it’s mention of hurricane. The in the World of Science we see a picture and mere caption mention of the same. This time around is a satellite photo so it made the look up worth it. I’m mentally questioning now where Iedt the Usborne Children’s Illustrated Encyclopedia and wondering if it might cover hurricanes more. Also curious on the Magic School Bus DVDs, still need to look.
Next I show AppleBlossom the new Usborne Phonics Books 1&2 I was blessed with last night while settling Almond Blossom nursing in lap. She’s excited about color and stickers. We go through several of the Logic of English Phonograms cards and work on a few new ones by recommendation of Reading Lessons Through Literature.
Then I’ve started to read Oh Say Can You Say, What’s the Weather Today? while AppleBlossom snuggles up again sleeping Almond against my chest. (She’s taken his arm and draped it around her neck. Hurricanes by Gail Gibbons is next. We read to page ten until child fading is evident and I announce we can finish it later and lunch is for now. Squeals and laughter erupt and off they both run.
AppleBlossom informs me we will also read Tornadoes later, GG as well and I mentally wonder about the other GG books on our list that we have yet to buy. Peanut butter sandwiches today made by AppleBlossom with a bit of OrangeBlossom to help. Enough excite not to entice her from her play in the library (wheelies and Little People Princesses currently, I believe).
So here I now sit listening to sister giggles. Typing by phone, as to it was here, and with babe in arms snoozing away.
I’m thirsty, my back is killing me and I’m on my second outfit of the day watching this little chin wiggle back and forth as he dreams about sucking habits. I’m wondering what I will eat and when I have to start dinner and if I’ll have the desire. But the groceries are bought and the necessity to eat exists so I will eventually.
After they eat, I plan to read a few Sonlight P3/4 suggestions (also ELTL Pathways choices as well) in The 20th Century Children’s Books Treasury for OrangeBlossom’s sake and them hopefully entice her into a bit of dreamland or quiet if none the less. AppleBlossom to work on a workbook subject as plenty abound or sleep if she will. Otherwise today i want to try to read history and see if we will. Maybe A Child’s History if the World or maybe The Story of the World: Ancients and see if she enjoys either or if we’ll put it off another year. And push AppleBlossom to read a bit further in our co-read of Dinosaurs by Dark, the first FULL COLOR Magic Tree House book, on her request.
After that we shall see what comes next. The volume in the dining room is getting a bit high so now I must parent again… “Girls!”