Name Writing – Progress

Here is Noah’s work from this morning.

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I wrote his name in yellow. Sitting on my lap, with coaching from me, he wrote his letters in black on top of my yellow. Coaching this activity meant saying things like, “Start at the top, go down, now across.”

Then he wrote his name at the bottom of the page with coaching but no yellow lines to guide him.

Pretty cool!

Being able to write your name is a big milestone in the academic life of a child, and this is one area Noah has come a long way in over the past year. One of our goals for Noah this year is that by the end of the school year he is able to write his name completely independently. You’ll be hearing a lot about how we are accomplishing this, because, by golly, I’m ready to start conquering a mountain or two where Noah is concerned.

This morning was a great start!

What are your goals for the school year looking like?

Is a Camel a Mammal and Other Musings

Seeing as this is the first week of the new school year, our letter of the week is A.
A is for animals.
As unorganized as I am, I actually do love order. So teaching my little ones (Noah 7 DS, Bella 6 and Seth 4) about animal classification is a fun little project for me.
We talked about the qualities of mammals, arachnids, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish today.
Anybody know what kind of animal an armadillo is?
Would you believe a mammal?
It’s true. Alongside their hard shell you will find a hairy body.
So in talking about mammals, Bella very excitedly pointed out that she knows she is a mammal because she has hairy arms.
I said, “That’s right, you are a mammal.”
Then she said very dramatically, “Daddy is DEFINATELY a mammal.”

Guys, it just doesn’t get any more hysterical than this.
Does anybody know – did we ever laugh before we had kids? Did we ever have these moments of pure joy when time stops and love just takes over?

“Daddy is DEFINATELY a mammal.”

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

A little sidenote here. If you are teaching the classification system to your children, it is important to remember that while scientists classify humans as within the animal kingdom, God makes a definite distinction between animals and man in the account of creation in Genesis. This can be a great time to introduce that scientists have discovered many wonderful things, but some of those things are refuted by what the Bible says. Science is valuable, but theories come and go and even “facts” get disproved and tossed by the wayside. God’s word stands forever. It is trustworthy and righteous. We and our children can stand on it no matter what the “great minds” of our culture present as truth.

Have a blessed day! More animal antics to come!

Who Would Have Thought?

On our way out to Bible School this morning, this is what we found in the driveway:

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Note the handle of the wagon has actually been placed over the hitch.

Can you imagine what would have happened if nobody had walked behind the Suburban?

Can you say country bumpkins?

So, who would you guess is responsible for this little doozy?

I’ll give you two hints.

1.  He’s my out-of-the-box thinker.  Come to think of it, he blew up “the box” ages ago.

2.  He’s got a smile that takes me to the moon and back.

EVERY.

SINGLE.

DAY.

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Oh, how I love that courageous hero of mine!

An extradorinary little boy, the ordinary people who love him, and their journey together through the world of visual learning and speech acquisition. (And in my "free time," vintage crochet, machine embroidery, digitizing and Etsy.)

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