Monday, March 21, 2011

4 weeks!

Four weeks until this baby arrives.  There's still little things we need to gather.  I've reached that point where I can't wait to hold this babe.  My belly is huge. I still have this gut feeling the babe is coming early, but she has to stay put until after April 3rd.  My midwife is on vacation and we have a wedding to go to.  Thanks to a wonderful friend, we have nearly a whole stash of homemade wool covers in small.  Scott and I are doing just wool this time.  I found a roll of pure wool yarn and maybe I'll find some time to actually knit a soasepker.  I showed Abby how to snappi a prefold on a doll and she can diaper a doll perfectly.  She'll be a great help! 

It's raining today.  We had a lazy Monday.  I made beds and picked up in the early morning and then Abby and I did lessons.  The girls played together most of the day.  Oh, and I did some minor doll surgery on one of their favorite dolls.  The head and neck separated a bit and needed to be sewn up. 

There's more I should blog about, but Abby is hungry and wants dinner...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Reading

I think I have solved the reading dilema.  Including Vera in the reading lessons has helped spark Abby's willingness to read.  I am starting at the very beginning of OPGTR.  Each girl does a worksheet related to the sound learned, but Abby does an extra worksheet that's more on her level. Of course I'm not expecting huge results from Vera.  She's three.  But just having her there to repeat sounds and answer questions is a huge boost to Abby, especially if Vera doesn't know something and Abby does.  So far, Vera has picked up the short vowel sounds of a and e, and can identify a decent amount of letters.  Abby started fractions today.  She got them down pat a quarter of the way through the lesson. Also, a first today, Abby copied the longer sentence for writing.  For copywork, she has a choice to copy a short or a long sentence.  She usually chooses the shorter.  We learned about ancient Crete today.  Abby was totally digging reading about the bull jumpers and the story about the Minotaur.  Today was a good homeschooling day.

Oh, and the Spelling Workout A book came from paperbackswap, and silly me, it's the teacher's edition so none of the worksheets are in it.  I'll have to find a copy of the student edition from somewhere, or just use the word lists and make my own worksheets.
 
I'll be 34 weeks on Wednesday.  Time is flying by.  I guess I'm ready.  Just in case I get way too overwhelmed, we're not going on homeschool break when April hits.  I want to make sure we're ahead when the baby comes.  I plan for my nightmare and then some, so if things do hit the fan, it won't be as bad as I thought.

I'd like to take the girls to the Met on Wednesday. I hope I have the energy to make it there and back.