Wednesday, May 28, 2014
3. Geography: My kids started to get really interested in other countries during the Olympics, but they had a really hard time understanding how huge the United States of America really is. Every time we travel, it's hard to explain that we are still in our country. I found a relatively inexpensive globe on Amazon, Elenco 11" Desktop Political Globe, and my daughter loves looking at it. I have used it to explain north and south, how it is hotter at the equator and colder at the North and South Pole. I picked out certain countries and explained some of the things they do there and even used my iPad to show photos of the people of the country, the customs of the country, etc. I have never seen my daughter so interested in anything! I had to practically glue her eyes shut that night to get her sleep.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
- Geography: Everyone in my house still seems to be a little confused about "The United States". I am taking this is as a great opportunity to really help them understand about our states and how they are all part of America. I printed out a map of the United States that we can hang on the wall and really study, especially every time we get a letter from her special new friend.
- Reading: My daughter loves writing her name, her dog's name, etc, but we have not quite been able to make the switch yet to reading books. It makes her frustrated so I haven't pushed it yet, even though she is entering Kindergarten in the Fall. However, now she is begging me to teach her how to read so she can read the letters from her new BFF.
- Money: I took her with me to the post office and she helped me buy the stamp for her letter. We worked on what a dollar really means and counted out the change she got back from the post office.
- The Importance of Friendship: We work on this one whenever we can. It's very important to me that she understands that in life we all need good friends.
Who knows how long this pen-pal interest will last, but for now I am enjoying watching my daughter hard at work on her letters for her new friend.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
- I thought I would be less absent-minded since I wouldn't be so stressed out all the time. Turns out, not so much. I somehow left my grocery list at the kids preschool while I was writing them a check, even though it was tucked neatly into my purse originally, and had to drive all the way back there and have them root through the trash to help me find it.
- Even though the kids were at preschool during the day, I still filled up every second of my day. And hubby didn't even notice the sparkling-clean house. I need a bon-bon.
- I'm much less motivated to take a shower
- I'm very excited to spend the day with my kids (on their off-day from preschool) instead of leaving them with the babysitter
My story is a long one, I will fill you in briefly. Boy meets girl. They get married and boy starts medical school. Girl spends 10 long years putting boy through medical school, only to have to move with boy for a fellowship right before first child enters Kindergarten. Girl is forced to resign from beloved career to follow boy to the mountains for the final year of medical training before officially becoming a "real doctor". Girl discovers that life is actually pretty amazing and is ready to begin a brand-new journey as a career woman turned stay at home Mom.
The good news is that with all my experience with crafts and games for the kids, I think we will be very busy. I have decided to send Munchkin Girl to half-day Kindergarten next year so that we can explore our new city together. I will be documenting our adventures and hopefully educational experiences. Stay tuned, I'm so grateful for all my readers (hopefully there are still some out there?)