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More Reading…

Last post, I wrote about Little Man starting to read sight words. Well, we’ve been using them and something else. I found a FANTASTIC website that helps teach reading, it’s called Reading Eggs and it’s proving to be amazing. Little Man has done 3 days of it and is loving it. He needs to slow down a bit because he gets a bit ahead of himself, but other than that he does great. Reading Eggs offers a 4 week free trial (with no credit card info required at sign up) and they have the Reading Eggs program, another reading program for older kids, and a math program for ages 3-8 that we’ll be trying out this afternoon. I highly recommend this website for anyone with kids!

(I didn’t receive any incentives for recommending this website, I just think it’s wonderful!)

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Reading Rainbow

It’s been a while! How are you? I’m writing this post as a super excited parent of an almost 3 year old (10 more days!). How is that possible?!

Little Man has been able to recognize his letters by look for a little while now, but we didn’t really concentrate on the sounds those letters make. Within the last month or so, he picked up the letter sounds and showed me yesterday that he knew a large majority of them (he doesn’t know Q or W and only knows one sound per vowel). After talking, his dad and I decided that we should try to start teaching him to read and see how it goes. So I got on Google (Best. Invention. Ever.) and looked up a list of sight words. I found this list and took the one, two, and three letter words off of the list then saved the rest for later. My list came out to 100 words.

I then color coded the words based on difficulty and when I’d use them. The later weeks are harder things like silent e and letter combinations (th, ow, wh, etc.).

I wrote out the lists to make sure they were all equal, 10 words per week. I then realized Little Man doesn’t really recognize lowercase letters as well as he does uppercase, so I decided to write his flash cards in uppercase.

Then I made the flash cards and divided them into bags by week. We did week one today and it’s turning out GREAT. The oo sound made Little Man giggle a bit, but he’s sounding the words out and putting them together.

While I want him to stay little as long as possible, it’s so amazing seeing him learn and grow.

If you have any questions about what else I plan to do, please don’t be afraid to ask whether it be an email or a comment! I’ll update as we continue!

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It’s SOOOO HOT!!!!!

I can NOT stand summer! It is just too darn hot. It has been in the 90’s during the day here and that is entirely too warm. I am beyond ready for fall to come around.

Little Man went back to school last Monday and he moved up to the two year old class. He is doing very well and didn’t cry when I left all week. That definitely shows that he is liking his class, in his old class he cried every day when I left. He learns more and more every day and constantly asks what things are and what things say or do.

Squeaky is crawling like crazy and pulling himself up to stand. He seems to be very advanced considering the average for crawling is 8 months and pulling self to stand at 10 months, he is 7 months old. He giggles and chatters all the time and is starting to mimic sounds when he hears them.

We have started playing Pokemon Go much like the rest of the world, which prompted us watching the series on Netflix. Now Little Man walks around pointing out Pikachu and other Pokemon everywhere we go. I’ve considered getting the graphic novels and reading them to Little Man and Squeaky.

I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix before the revival comes back and it is a FANTASTIC show. There is something for everyone. Luke and Lorelai are by far one of my favorite TV couples.

I can’t think of anything else that is going on around here, so I’ll be off now. How are things for all of you? Let me know.

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Summer is Here!

Well, it’s been officially summer for about a week now and I’m ready for it to be gone. I can’t stand how hot it gets! It was 75 degrees out when I took Little Man to school at 8:30 this morning! Seriously?! Why so hot so early?! I’m not a person that likes wearing shorts that are much higher on my leg than my knee so maybe it’s just my weirdness but this weather needs to go.

Onto another topic that isn’t a rant about weather…Little Man is currently at his last day of school for this school year. Tomorrow, we have a meeting with his new teacher in his new classroom. Then in mid-July, he’ll go back to school in the two year old room. He’s starting to play with, hug, and talk to his little brother more. His speech has come so far since he got his tubes put in in March. He wants to know what everything is and what everything does. It’s just amazing to see him thriving and learning.

Squeaky is now six months old and busy as ever. He’s crawling, smiling, giggling, and babbling. He absolutely LOVES people and being held. When we take Little Man to school in the morning, Squeaky likes to sit and watch the kids play. Right now, he’s cuddled up to his daddy taking a nap. He loves his big brother and gets a big smile on his face when Little Man pays attention to him. He’s a little behind the weight curve but hopefully eating baby food will help him gain the weight he needs to gain.

I’m slowly working on my next book to review, but it is really hard to find time to read while taking care of two crazy kids. I’m about halfway through the book so it shouldn’t be too much longer before I do the review. My mom is coming up in a couple weeks so it’ll be fun to see her for a bit before we go down to her house in September. Little Man had swimming lessons this month and he did amazingly so we’re planning on going to the pool while my mom is up here. We’re also going to a cookout and the mall and the park…we have a lot of plans.

How has your summer been so far? What kind of things do you have coming up? Let me know!

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I really need to start writing more often. It’s been a little over two months since I checked in last so let’s get started on the game of catch up.

Squeaky is now five months old. He’s rolling, scooting, and starting to rock on his hands and knees. He started baby food yesterday (sweet potatoes! YUM!) and is doing amazingly with it! He eats about an entire jar each time then nurses for about ten minutes and passes out for two or more hours at a time. He is just getting over an ear infection and has a doctor’s appointment coming up to check and make sure it is gone and to double check his weight. He only gained a pound in two months which is much less than ideal. I’m hoping that by increasing my healthy fat intake (since he’s breastfed) and feeding him some baby food will help him gain the weight he needs to gain. I REALLY don’t want to switch him to formula. It stinks and it takes too much extra work to prepare. I’ve almost gotten him registered for Early Head Start and he’ll start once there’s an opening and he’s a year old (so like next January).

Little Man had his ear tubes put in at the end of March. Those things have been the best thing ever in his life. He talks all the time now and it’s actual words, not just jibber jabber. He can identify about ten letters based on how they look, he knows how to count to ten, and he sings his ABC’s. Plus, he knows a few animal sounds and keeps learning more everyday. Sadly, I think he’s getting to that age where he doesn’t nap anymore. But he is making friends very well, he knows their names and asks me about them constantly. Early Head Start is going to be going on summer break soon and when they go back, Little Man will be in a new class. Luckily, his teachers from last school year (2014-2015) will be his teachers next year (2016-2017) so hopefully he’ll be fine with the new classroom.

I have joined a website calledĀ Blogging For Books. Basically, you sign up for an account (completely free!) and order books, which are completely free AS LONG AS you review the books on your blog and on their website. At least that’s how I understand it. So be looking out for my first review, I’m quite excited about the book I got. Other than that, everything is going as it has been.

As a family, we have a family get together this weekend that I’m excited about. It’s to celebrate my husband’s grandparents’ anniversary and my husband’s cousin and her husband are coming in from Hawaii. We haven’t seen them since Thanksgiving of 2014, so it’ll be nice to see them again.

That’s all that’s going on around here. My next update should be coming up soon and will be my book review. See you all later!

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I Can Not Believe It…

I just read a blog post (foundĀ here) about why a couple decided to homeschool their children. The fact that bullying is happening in KINDERGARTEN makes me want to homeschool my children more than I previously had wanted to.

My husband and I decided to homeschool our children pretty much the day we found out I was expecting Little Man. Not because of bullying like the post I read, but because school systems (at least where we live) test the ability to memorize information and spit it back rather than teaching information that can be applied and used in everyday life. Neither my husband nor I was homeschooled and we haven’t thought about how to approach it yet, but we know that’s what will be best for our children.

School systems here also act like every child should be the same developmentally and that is not the case. During pregnancy, everyone and every thing tells you that every pregnancy is different. Doesn’t that mean that every child is different, considering they are the results of the pregnancies that were called differemt not so long before? I’ve said before that Little Man goes to early head start. Every few months, they do these evaluations to see where the child is in different aspects (fine motor, gross motor, social, etc). Since starting early head start, Little Man has had 2 of these evaluations and both times they’ve told me that he is behind and should get more evaluations done to see if they could help him. Both times we’ve done these added evaluations, just to see what’s going on since his pediatrician had never said anything to us about him being behind. Both times the results came back that he is perfectly fine. He was a late walker, he started around 15-16 months so that’s why he was considered behind at his first evaluation. At his second one (less than 6 months after his first), he was considered behind because he couldn’t run without falling (neither can I and I’m 25!) and he couldn’t climb stairs without being on his hands and knees (mind you, he’s not even 2 yet). I’m positive that both of those are results of his late walking and he’s working on both of them everyday.

I’m not trying to be one of “those” parents, you know the kind that think the sun shines out their kid’s ass and they can do no wrong? I know when my child does wrong and there are some things he’s flawed in, but he’s a human just like everyone else and just like everyone else he has flaws. Isn’t being different and having flaws what we should embrace instead of turning away from or putting down?

That was a bit of a rant, but if I get the message out to at least one person, I did my job. Thanks for reading.

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Down with the Sickness

This weekend was full of sickness in our house. Little Man started off with a cold, then passed it to Squeaky. Little Man also has a double ear infection (the 5th one of his not even 2 years) and is being referred to the ENT to see what’s going on.

On the good news side of our world, Little Man’s second birthday party is this weekend! We already have everything picked out and we just have some last minute things to buy. He’s having a Cars themed party, he’s going to love it (at least I hope so). A few of his little friends will be there, so we’re making some coloring pages. There will also be bubbles and a road made on the floor to drive cars on. Hopefully that will be enough for the kids, since the ages will range from 1 to 6.

Next month, I’m going to start a program to get me into shape before my husband and I go to the Philippines next January. I’m not sure what program I’ll do, but I’m googling. Google is basically my best friend. I haven’t started my bullet journal yet, I have so much going on that I haven’t gotten around to setting it up. Hopefully I’ll be able to sometime before March starts.

That’s all I’ve got for now. How’s life for you? Let me know! See you soon!