Friday, November 30, 2012

progress...en la escuelita {school!} !

Yes, I am still my son's teacher. After much praise and encouragement from my family and mentors during Thanksgiving, I know that I am on the right path. Although it would be easier for me to dump drop him off at school, I am enjoying every day with him in school. The tantrums aren't as often and each morning he asks if today is a school day. I'm assuming to mentally prepare himself. 
Add PBS educational shows for him and he is a freaking learning bug. 
I love it when it clicks in his little brain, or when he brings up something he learned from school in real life. 
Incorporating robots and trains and dinosaurs is just what a little boy needs.
The letters to his name are the letters we learned first. We practice and practice them. 
A fun and memorable science project with pinto beans was a must for science.
I remember growing this as a little girl and loved watching the sprout grow and grow.
But I didn't quite remember how fast they actually grew! 
Everyday for 3 days, I would remind Andrew to check his beans to see if they had grown. I had also reminded him of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and pretended that our beans would grow up to the sky. And after those 3 days, a little something popped out. And then a little someone couldn't contain his facial expressions with excitement!!!
After it climbed and climbed about 6 inches from the top, I knew we had to plant it. 

We unwrapped the roots from the paper towel. 
Packed some soil and planted in to the smallest left over planter I had :( 
{but hey, it did the job}
And then we watered it.
And within another week, the plant was about 18 inches tall.
We still have the plant, I make him water it and take care of it. Those are his beans. 
And they're super tall. And they're awesome <insert Andrew voice here
His hand-writing improves each week. He asks me to write out each of our names so that he can copy them.

Jonah also likes to pretend to write. You can check out his video HERE
He's big into coloring, unlike his big brother. I love his sense of independence and how easy he will ask for help if he needs it. 
Lately, Andrew's been into drawing skeletons. He's got a fascination with them just like his momma.
So he draws them everywhere. I am so proud.
His first skeleton ever. 
Even at AWANA he draws them. He's not too fond of coloring. 
We did the life of a butterfly for science one week and I wish I could had had more resources than pictures and videos, like those grow-your-own-butterfly kits? But maybe that's best for when both boys can appreciate growing butterflies in our own home.
Since Andrew's not too fond of coloring, I had fun helping him color.
He glued it on without fuss and wrote down the word "butterfly".
It's hung above his desk proudly, below our 5 senses. Our living room is quickly becoming a classroom. 
Wish we had a spare bedroom :( 
And since we are at the very beginning stages of learning how to read, he thinks he needs his daddy's glasses. He can't see anything with them, but he must have them on to "read". 
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