Ack, turn on the news during the day or read the headlines? Here is an example of the stories listed:
Police Say Texas Man Decapitates Wife (WHY WHY WHY?????)
Finance Reform Bill Blocked for a Third Time in the Senate (inferring Republican blame)
Sandra Bullock's Secret Divorce Details Revealed (Is this our business?)
Surgery Regrets: I want my prostate back (I COULD NOT LOOK)
Teacher Stabs 15 Students, 1 Teacher in China (Why is China different from the US?)
Pope may apologize for priest sex abuse. (WHAT? Why has this not already happened? Nevermind I know the reason. Shakes head in disgust)
Okay now onto things of interest to me. This week has been difficult trying to get Saenz into 'Mom as the Teacher Role,' and for him to buckle down and work. Yes, Zephyr is a distraction however, there is only two students in this school instead of 100s. Another point, we need to get the desk and work table situation settled in the school room. It is my belief once we enter that room; both boys will understand they are there to learn, work, play, observe, experiment, and explore.
Their progess thus far
Saenz has completed reading 3 books since the 20th of April; Accelerated Reader points are 8.
(8 AR points per six weekes was the goal set for him by his former school.) We have completed 5 hours of handwriting skills, started a book on Texas history, 12 hours reading AR, 12 hour of math instruction, 4 hours of world history, 8 hours of language arts, 6 hours of animal science, 2 hours typing skills, and 4 hours computer assisted programming in math. These last few days we are building our actual IN CLASS room time. He really needed to decompress from the pressure he had be under to perform for TAKS testing.
Zephyr is able to count without assistance to 65, connect the dots from 1 to 50, recognizes all shapes/colors/body parts, does simple addition to 20, puts together 24 piece puzzles unassisted, recognizes similiar items on worksheets, has scissor skills, and mazes. We are still working on the writing skills for numbers and letters once this hurdle is met; we will move on to primary readers.
So, now I am not so intuned with the world. After reading the headlines I can see I am not missing much. I don't understand why there seems to be so much happening without a positive note. I did read the story of the lady bus driver with the 'reading bus.' MAN! Now her efforts should be applauded. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36823728/ns/local_news-tampa_fl/
Anyway, off to prep for dinner. Baked chicken, kale and spinach soup, with steamed rice.
What are you all doing?