Sometimes, though you have the best intentions, life gets in the way.
First, Easter week happened. I work for my church and in the church world Easter is kind of a big deal.
Then, Carter went through a terrible bout with salmonella poisoning. It began a few days before Easter and persisted and persisted and persisted. During the week he was showing symptoms, we had NO idea what was wrong with him. It was pretty pitiful and the kind of thing that drives a mother crazy.
Here he is trying to have fun on Easter, but ended up pooped in his Daddy’s arms.
Thankfully, he got better just a few days before we were scheduled to leave for NYC to visit my brothers. As far as Carter is concerned, NYC = Subway trains. He wants to ride them every chance he gets and he makes it his job to learn all the trains that we need to take and the stops where we need to get off and transfer. He’s quite the conductor. Here are a few images from our time in the Big Apple.
During all this time away from our daily “school” routine I came to some tough conclusions. The first is that I’m totally missing what Carter is ready for with the activities I’m planning for him. I realize that this may not come across as a problem to some of you, but it is one in my eyes. If I am planning activities for my son to learn letter sounds and match uppercase and lowercase and the like when he is ready to read books and write, then I am wasting both our time. If I am having him count items to 10, when he can easily count from 1-100, identify those numbers and write them I am totally missing the mark. The larger problem is that the things I am teaching him now have been the things I have been teaching him since before he was 2 because those are the things I taught my students in PreK. It’s my comfort zone, so to speak. Teaching a child who is reading and teaching a child anything past pre-math skills is a little beyond my area of expertise. I can now see that keeping a bright child challenged is just as difficult as teaching an at-risk child to recognize their name and learn academic basics.
I’m going through a bit of a redo myself.
I have started to research some more things to challenge Carter from a language standpoint. I read over this Montessori Language Scope and Sequence to find some jumping off points. I’ve purchased some early readers: Miss Rhonda’s Readers and Bob’s Books. I have purchased the moveable alphabet and will be assembling it today. I am swinging by my library to pick up The Read Aloud Handbook and Reading Magic to take our read aloud time to the next level.
I have not yet started my research on math and beyond.
I say all this to say that I’m pausing to reevaluate and the site may take on a different direction, since it is just documentation of our learning journey.
If you have any suggestions for resources, I would greatly appreciate shared links, books titles and materials that will spur us forward. I’ll showcase anything I get in a new post to make it easier for others to benefit as well.