Friday, February 23, 2007


I've been outed! Turns out that someone I don't really know (but have met once or twice) was reading my blog (where she came across it, I have no idea) and mentioned it to someone I *do* know. Well, she mentioned it to a couple other people I know and now I feel like the Fabrege girl, She'll tell two friends, and she'll tell two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on! I feel like I was just caught dancing naked in my living room with the blinds open, lol.

Yeah, so, um....

OK, now I've got to try to once again pretend that I'm only talking to Maria, Meesh, Mary, G, and occasionally Kris instead of the whole freakin' Western World. Gah. Who would've thought you could get stage fright from a blog? Gee thanks, Sandy!! ;)

So let's try moving into the more mundane. Thursday was gymnastics day. For school, we played a phonics game to review all the long /a/ sounds we've been learning. I would read part of a sentence like "Put this card on top of your..." and then hold up a card with a word for him to read, like "brain" and then he would put the card where instructed. We had a lot of fun with that one. It's amazing how easy it is for him to read when he's not stressed over a sentence or a paragraph. When does that skill come? He reads single words so well, but the sight of a paragraph sends him into an anxiety attack. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and we still have word cards stuck all over the house.

Next I tried getting Cameron to move on in his math book. The next lesson was adding three numbers, like 3 + 4 + 4. Not what I would call a success, lol. Three plus four? Seven. Plus four more? Forty-four? Um, no. Seventy-nine? Now you're just guessing. Oh... is it thirty-six? No, it's eleven! Oh, what was three plus four again? I gave up fairly quickly and printed out a worksheet from that worksheet generator I downloaded a while back. (There's a joke on each page! What does a cow read in the morning? The Mooospaper!) He stared at it for ten minutes and then I just gathered it up and brought it to gymnastics with us. Once he finally decided that he was just going to have to do it - without my telling him the answers - he finished the whole thing in less than 10 minutes. Twenty problems in 10 minutes! I think that's pretty good.

Friday we spent most of the day at the park with our preschool friends. The weather was odd. One minute it would be sunny and about 65 and the next minute the sky would cloud over, the wind would start blowing, and then it would rain for all of 5 minutes. And then it would be sunny again. We had a great time though. It had been way too long since we made it to this park day.

On the way home, Cameron said, "Hey we haven't done my schoolwork yet today!" Heheh, looks like my new 5-Days-of-Schoolwork=Free-Video-Games-on-the-Weekend rule is working! So we came home and he did another math worksheet. This time I made it a little harder and the only problem he gave me grief on was 8 + 8. He said that one was too hard. *Roll eyes* He still finished the whole sheet in about 10 minutes though.

I was going to have him do Spelling or something too, but for some reason I decided to make homemade tortillas to go with dinner so I had just enough time while those were resting to read the first chapter in MPH Science 3B. The Theme is about cycles and this particular chapter was defining the life cycle. I didn't really think he was paying much attention because he was playing with LEGOs and watching Cassia play on at the same time, but it turns out that he really was. While I was reading he kept putting his LEGOs into color patterns (that was how they introduced the concept of a cycle) and then during dinner he just kept popping up with random things he could call a cycle, like mother-father-baby and baby-child-teenager-adult. I'm willing to bet that he will bring it up again tomorrow too. I really like the topics in these MPH books. They're just detailed enough to give them real knowledge and pique a greater interest.

The entire time, from when we got home from the park until dinnertime, Cassia was playing on Starfall. She is obsessed. I think it's all the songs and sound effects appealing to her auditory nature. Cameron always liked the "Who am I?" game. He likes the games where you get to *do* something. It really is a site that has something for everyone. If she keeps this pace up, she'll know all her letters and their sounds by the end of the month.

That's about it from here. There were a couple carnival rides being set up at the fair grounds on Thursday, so we'll probably cruise by there tomorrow and see if they're running. Last year around this time, I promised the kids that we could go and ride a couple rides one day but when we got there, the rides were gone. Cameron was crushed. I was crushed. It was so sad. It was so sad that Cameron actually remembered and told me that we better not wait too long this time. I'm going to be in trouble if they've packed up already by tomorrow. Have a nice weekend. :)


Meesh said...

LOL about being outed! I've no idea who is reading mine- though like you I figure I'm writing to you Maria, Mary and Kris. Oh and looking at my site meter there is someone in North Carolina that checks in regularly. But You Maria and Mary are the only regular comenters- so all those others- I just pretend you guys are obsessively checking my blog from Texas Tennessee.

I'm going to have to check out the Starfall site, The kids now have internet access on their computer- I don't let them on mine, I'm stingy that way.

traxmom said...

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine... let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!" Don't be afraid to come out of the shadows! You're one of the great people. The world needs more great people to show up and shine on.

(The "Outer")

G said...

C.J. is obsessed with Starfall lately too, and I am always amazed at how much she really understands! She's picking up letter sounds like crazy. C.O. will read one of the stories on it once in a while, if he gets a game afterwards - like Cameron he's doing well with words, not so well with paragraphs.

I'm just thankful that I don't think very many people at all visit my little blog...

hsmomof3 said...

Hey, what do you mean "occasionally Kris"?? I read...I just don't always comment. lol I know how you must feel about being outed, though. My blog is top secret among most of the people I know IRL, except my local hs friends.