Life is always interesting and challenging around here. Here is the latest update…
Our New Puppy
I mentioned Bella last week, but she’s awfully cute, so I figured I’d talk some more about her today!
Having a puppy, well any young creature, is an excellent opportunity for learning animal care, behavior, and training methods. I love my furry companions – and Emily has definitely had an interesting time of it.
Learning her ‘tells’ – Emily quickly learned Bella’s ‘tells’. Within the first two days of Bella moving in with us, Emily was watching her and quickly picking her up and putting her outside the moment the pup started sniffing the ground. Doing so, having that extra set of eyes, has been a boon and Bella is quickly learning that outside is the place to do her business.
The Rise and Fall of Jealousy – I’ve seen it a couple of other times – but the green head of jealousy reared it head nice and tall on Day #2 of new puppy ownership. With all of the attention the little furry bugger was demanding, Emily felt a bit left out. We solved this little problem by involving Emily in the process, explaining how we needed to train Bella and how we would need her help to do it. First would come the potty training, then, the leash, and eventually different commands. “I want to teach her how to play Frisbee and roll over!” Emily said enthusiastically.
Backing Off On Reading
It seems like I’ve written this before…several times. I love reading so much, that my heart just aches at Emily’s reluctance. However, I keep remembering what Danielle said to me when I asked her about what eventually compelled her to read (her reading really took off at around 7-8 years old). She said to me, “You were always reading. Always! I decided I needed to learn what the big deal about reading was.”
I realized a while back that I have not been reading many books lately. I’ve been so totally focused on building my cleaning biz, writing, homeschooling Emily, working on projects around the house, expanding my social contacts and more – I hadn’t been making time for reading. When my hard drive crashed in mid-January, tearing through my writing, and removing (possibly forever) so many of my manuscripts from my access, I was lost. I started watching television more (brain drain), working on crafts, and frantically organizing my house.
But in the middle of frantically organizing, I kept stumbling over bookcases full of books I haven’t read – haven’t had time to read. So I’m back into reading – and I’ve backed off on my dream of Emily’s reading at an early age.
What is it that Khalil Gibran once said?
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
Yeah…that. [big sigh]
She WILL read. I know she will. And not just the simple 3-letter words or the simple an, and, the – she will read. I have faith in that. Two months ago she couldn’t count to twenty without making a mistake…and now, she’s up to 80 with very little help and has almost mastered counting by 2s and 10s. I backed off and let it happen, gave her the space she needed and answered her questions and encouraged her whenever possible. And look at her now…quickly on the path of counting to 100 and beyond!
When she is ready, when she wants it, it will happen.
Social Studies…the ‘Sneaky’ Way
I hate the idea of being sneaky. And perhaps I just need to change my own thinking on it instead.
Here’s the deal…
When I reviewed the Kindergarten goals I got to thinking about Social Studies and how I’m supposed to be teaching this or that. And then I found this book…
Emily learns a lot like I do – capture her interest through a story about someone she can relate to for instance, and the lesson will stick with her long after. So I’ve gone through this book and added a stack of books to our homeschool social studies list on the library website. I’ll go through them, order them a handful at a time, and work our way through the lists. I’ve got this resource book for a month, and for every book it lists a handful of questions that can be asked about the material you have read. I figure if I get a handful of them under my belt, I won’t need the questions for the rest of the books, it will become self-evident after a while.
So, call it sneaky, call it intuitive, I’m not sure either is a good descriptor. I know what will keep her interest – so I’m going with that!