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Hi again everyone... sorry it took awhile to get back with an update.
If you recall I was having some problems adjusting to life with a new baby and homeschooling. And I've taken the advice you ladies have given me. First off... I'm taking a break. I NEED to take a break... sooo... no formal schooling until September. And I'm letting go... and the keeping a journal of all the 'learning' my children have done has helped me to to do just that.
I guess I didn't realize just how much incidental learning goes on around here. We took the boys to see Thor the other day my oldest figured out how much money we would need for the five of us to see the movie. My four your old figured out we needed to buy 6 tickets because we had six people in our family. (I had to explain that Emily didn't need a ticket) Then after the movie we got to talking about the Norse gods... which led to Roman and Greek gods... which got us to start talking about Percy Jackson. (My oldest son loves pretty much everything that author writes.) And just the other day Lucas, my middle boy, asked me how tornadoes form and why volcanoes erupt. And that's just the tip of the ice burg during these last few weeks. (Lucas has asked to start reading and my husband has agreed to take over some of that instruction. He knows I need the break)
Now I just have to get over the 'comparing my 8 year old son to my 9 year old nephew. Which can be very difficult when you have a SIL gushing over how great her son did on standardized tests. (Would it be cruel of me to casually say I wouldn't put to much stock in those... they're never a fair gauge of ones intelligence. I know my nephew is smart but his mother seems to make EVERYTHING a competition with my kids.)
But in all.... live has been a lot better. Emily is still pretty demanding during the day. She's a princess. She wants to be held... she wants the attention of her brothers... she wants to nurse... A LOT. But she does sleep through the night now... YAY
I agree! Perfect plan, and yes... ignore the 9 y/o's mother. Even if your kid is Einstein, it's not a good idea to go on and on and on in front of another child. (I agree... standardized testing isn't a very good measure, either.)