Saturday, May 29, 2010

So it's been an interesting May.

Let's see.

We found out at the beginning of the month that I was pregnant.  Unfortunately, we lost the baby last week.  We go for a follow up appointment next week, and then we'll see what happens from there.

Spawn has been getting into fights on the school bus with some 4th graders.  So he has been avoiding the bus, not that I blame him.

Sweet Nut went for his kindergarten screening and did really good on everything but letter recognition.

They've all been enjoying the weather we've been having and spending ALOT of time outside.

In other news, we're still debating whether or not to homeschool.  The ex wants Spawn to continue with public school, but with the problems he's having, between kids in his grade, older kids, not paying attention in class, having problems getting concepts down, it's a struggle.  He doesn't get it, because he doesn't see it.  I agreed to let him go until December.  If we're still having issues, we're pulling him out and starting to homeschool.  I need to do what's best for my child, and maybe public school isn't it.

Sweet Nut will also be starting public school in September (tentatively).

Cute Boy will be starting preschool at home this year.  We've done alot of thinking and praying about it, and he's just not the type of kid that I can drop off with strangers and walk away.  He'll be a mess, and we want him to like school, not be scared of it.  He really doesn't do well in new situations, but even in them, he's always at least had one of his brothers.

We actually started with a Letter of the Week program for both little goobers yesterday.  Sweet Nut is more interested in it than Cute Boy, but he'll color and read as well.  We're kind of using the internet and combining different books, projects and worksheets from different sources right now for them.

We're looking into different curriculums for the boys.  So far my favorite seems to be Sonlight.  The Core program interests me because Spawn and Sweet Nut can be doing some of the things together (history etc) and other things like reading and math they do seperate.  It's not a Catholic program, but it does use the Bible for lessons, and I've talked to people that have made it work for Catholic families.  I also like that it's literary based, and uses alot of "classic" books to teach.

We're not set on Sonlight yet, and are still looking at others to see if there's something that would be a better fit for our family.

Any one have any suggestions??

Sunday, May 2, 2010

So, it's been awhile...

And we've been busy...

I was knocked down by headaches/migranes this week.  Spent quite a bit of time at my neurologists and the eye doctor.  They believe that part of my headaches are from eye muscle strain.  I need to save up some money to get the glasses they want me to have since they don't accept my insurance for lenses.

I've also had alot weighing on my mind.  Spawn has been having issues with school for awhile now.  First grade has been more difficult socially than kindergarten was.  This past week we had some major problems with other kids, and we've been looking at our options for educating our boys.  At 7, you should love school, and right now Spawn is hating school.

We're exploring the option to homeschool right now, and talking to others to see if this could be the right choice for our boys.  We're looking into different curriculum and the regulations here in NY.  So any computer time I've had has gone to homeschool research.  It's not a foreign concept to us, Spawn has been working on his religion education work at home, and Sweet Nut has been working on prek concepts since January.  We have been praying about it and discussing it to see if this is something we want to go after full time.  Our other option would be running us almost $10K next year if we pull out of the elementary school (which we're 90% sure we're doing) and then even more than that when Cute Boy enters school.

In good news, though, we have had the excitement of watching a bird's nest.  We had a mommy and daddy bird build a nest on our porch.  We've been extra cautious to avoid our front door as much as we can and been using the back.  We've been watching out our front door and seeing them build the nest, and the daddy bird bringing bugs to mommy bird to eat.  The boys have watched Mommy Bird fly to either the tree near their room or the electric wire if someone spooks her, close enough to keep an eye on her eggs.  Sweet Nut was saying earlier this week that the baby birds hatched, and we all thought he was crazy since noone else saw or heard them, but yesterday both mommy and daddy bird were at the nest and we saw at least 2 baby birds!  The littles were sooo excited!  I'm going to try and get some pictures when Cute Boy goes down for a nap today.

Never a dull moment in the Goober house.