Friday, May 31, 2013

Complete Turn Around OR Not?

A little while back I did a post entitled "Thank You".  This post was truly to thank all those who have inspired, contributed or even attempted to help me solve the issues of my gifted and talented young 5 year old grandson's attitude, behavior and re-education into the love of learning.

I received some valuable feedback and I do thank you for that as well.  I would like today to tell you about what appears to be a complete turnaround or not.  Time will tell.  Several days ago, we had one of those really bad, no good, horrible days.  Putting it mildly is an understatement here.  It was like an all out war had begun in my house between me and my "little man".  There was so much anger on both sides and then about 6  pm I decided to attempt to scare the living daylights out of him.  I told him that we would send him to a military boarding school if his behavior, respect level and desire to learn some self-control did not change.  To this he simply said, "You will not".  So I proceeded to google military schools, selected one at random and began filling out the application and printing it out.  Mind you he could see the computer screen but not my face or the streaming tears.  At any rate, he said "ok, mimi, ok, I'll do it."  He picked up his papers which were just a few very simple questions to determine what he knows and what he does not know, for our own benefit, so we could move on to other things.  No big deal.

He took the papers, picked up his pencil, put his glasses on, then took the glasses off, laid them down and said, "but first Mimi, I need to pray for just a bit."  OK, that's fine.  He did, quietly.  I could hear him but not enough to understand words so I just tried to do something else while he was praying and then I bowed my own head.  When he was finished, I have to tell you.  I witnessed the most amazing transformation in him that I have ever witnessed in my life.  I knew that I had just witnessed a miracle.  He then picked up his pencil, put his glasses on and did the quiz.  He aced it by the way.

Since that night, we have had a completely different little boy.  He has been our happy, loving, kind, empathetic, compassionate little boy that we knew he was from before he started public school.  He has been excited to do some things.  So we devised a very simple contest to see if would help him or see if it would last.  We purchased a prize that we thought he would like.  My daughter found a Ben10 movie (not a cartoon) that she thought he would enjoy for $5.  (He used to watch all the Ben10 cartoons, then began to lose interest and then we turned off our cable so there was no more cartoons of anykind.

My daughter does mosaic work and has a lot of those little glass beads in the house.  She took one of the mason jars they are stored in and counted the beads in the jar.  We told him that for every time he did as he was told, responded to a request appropriately, handled his responsibilities without being told, completed the balance of his subject quizzes and conducted himself in an appropriate manner when were out he would get a guess as to the number of beads in the jar.  At the end of the week, if he had a guess in the jar that was within 5  of the actual number he would win. Believe you me, he was the recipient of numerous guesses.  There were NO instances of his not doing what he was told.  If he passed the garbage and it needed to go to the garage, he simply did it.  He kept his toys off the floor when he was done with them.  he displayed absolutely no anger.  He did not give us attitude when we asked something of him or told him he could not do something or have something that he wanted. Well perhaps a couple of times he acted like he was going to be upset, but the first time he did it, I simply said to him, :"if you feel angry, just let's talk about it".  Yesterday, one occasion and I gently reminded him that we could talk about it and today just a couple of instances and he stopped himself and just said "ok mimi".

Well, tonight we stopped the contest just a tad early, because he came to within 5 of the total of beads in the jar and to determine if he was within the range, he had to add and subtract on the board 5 from the number he guessed and we would tell him he was correct or not.  Tonight he won.  This child was so excited.  I have never seen him so excited or so happy with himself.  It is really not possible for me to describe the delight we saw in him.  He simply could not contain himself.

So now I am on the hunt for other contest ideas.  We will do this for next few weeks and offer various different prizes for each win  The contest will last from Sunday to Friday and we will stop the weekly ones when we see that he needs absolutely no coaxing or reminders of the rules of the contest, which if this week was any indication, will not be very long.  Then we will do it on an occasional basis just to reinforce the abilities or if we see him slipping.

So come on folks, let's have some ideas.  What are some contests that you have for your children?  Yes little man is 5 but remember he is not the typical 5 year old so something that you might even share with your say 7-10 year old.  I am looking forward to hearing some of your ideas.

Thank you for your support and your friendship.

Be Blessed
Mimi

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

End of Year - Sort of

Hi to all in the homeschool world.  It is getting to be that time of year when everyone is looking forward to the end of the school year.  Actually we are doing year round school but we are gearing down for a break in the next week.  To that end I decided to do a bit of testing.

Yeah, right! Test 'little man'.  That is a difficult thing to get done.  It took most of today just to get him to do the math test.  He just refused for the longest time, finally he did it and woo hoo, he did it.  I only tested for Math and Language Arts.  The Science he is well ahead of the game and we don't do very much history.  We do some Geography but not enough to test on.  I don't do a lot of testing anyway.  I just wanted to know if I could for sure see mastery in a lot of things that I just want to leave for the occasional review only and yippee.

First of all it was a cold turkey kind of testing day.  He was not aware that it was going to happen and therefore not prepared.  My bad! I should have done a day or so of math in the last few days just to prepare him but I really wanted to see what was in his head.  He did not disappoint.  He became a bit frustrated at some things but no worries.  There are a couple of 1st grade level things that I just need to keep in mind to review with him on occasion and then the 2nd grade there are a few more review items, but 3rd grade level is where he really started to stumble.  He needs to get into the multiplication tables and get those in his memory and then division should be a breeze.

We went to Kahn Academy and took a look at a couple of the Algebra videos and he seems very interested in the concept of not using typical standard, expanded forms to do the math that way.  He was intrigued.  So along with his 3rd grade level work I will be adding in introduction to Algebra on occasion just to test the waters.

He aced the 1st grade level Language Arts and will do the 2nd grade level test tomorrow which again, I think he will probably ace as well.  If not, no worries after all he is still only 5 and we only do Math and Language Arts maybe twice a week and we only do schoolwork for 3 hours max each day anyway. He ususally reads for a couple of hours each day.  If it is really interesting to him he will read for 30-40 minutes at a time, if not he will do 15 minute segments until he is done.

Oh, and his Spanish is progressing nicely.  So far just the basics and when we start back up I will be introducing the parts of speech and how they are handled in Spanish.  He really enjoys learning Spanish.

So to say the least,I am very pleased with where he is at what would be normally the end of the year.  We only started homeschooling in December so he is all good.    Tomorrow he has a date with the splash park on the beach with a few other homeschoolers in the area and starting Saturday he gets to go bowling whenever we can get him there and it is free so we are going for a 3 week break and then back to the books or lack thereof and see how he handles it.

What are your plans for the summer, still doing schoolwork, taking the summer off or anything special.  Would love to hear some ideas for keeping them busy during the down times.

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to an even better second year of homeschooling. How about you?

Be blessed
Mimi

Monday, May 27, 2013

Moving Right Along Singing A Song

What do you do when you are faced with the drudgery's of the everyday things at your home?  What are your least favorite household chores?  Mine is EVERYTHING.  Right, I know.  But really, who enjoys, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, cleaning toilets?  So what do you do to make it more fun?

I got this idea to post what I do from another blogger that I follow regularly and so should you, she is awesome.  Her blog is MomstheWord and she calls herself the 'lazy mom' (she is not really).

Well, I do several things, NO not all at once, then the cleaning would not get done.  I love to listen to Patsy Cline music.  It seems to be my mopping music. While I say mopping, I actually don't mop anymore.  For many years my idea of cleaning my floors was on my hands and knees with a soap bucket and a scrub brush, like my mother did and her mother before her.  It is truly the best way to get floors in tip top cleaning shape.  However, I have discovered the luxury of a steamer.  So I put on a Patsy Cline CD or tap into some of the music of hers on the computer and while I am doing that my steamer is heating up.  Then I get to dancing.  Yep, I said dancing, why not?  You dance around your house all day long in one way or another, so why not to a little music while pushing the steamer around and then I am done before I know it, take the cover off, throw it in the wash with a little bleach and voila, finished. 

Now for some reason, I typically like to use some Alan Jackson Gospel music to do my vacuuming.  Yep I am a country music fan, but also a conservative Christian music fan.  So I eventually do the dusting to some Casting Crown music. My dusting however is done by dancing, this one I do by singing.  You know the duster is my microphone; come on you have danced and sang with the hairbrush in front of the mirror before, right?  Well it is the same thing, just this time there is no mirror unless there is one to clean and you just dance and sing around the house and in no time flat the house is clean and you are blessed by all the music and exercise you got dancing around. 

Try it and see if you don't feel better, both about having a cleaner house and having just danced and sang for a good portion of your day.  

OK, post a comment and let me know how it works for you.  I could always use some encouragement too.

Be blessed

Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.


You can also find MomstheWord here MomsTheWord
Be Blessed
Mimi

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Looking for Some Freebies?

I just found these freebies on Amazon.  I wanted to share them with everyone.  These are not links just photos of some of the available books for you to check out.  I am not an affiliate of Amazon, therefore I am not/can not use the photos of the books.  However each book is a link to the actual page for this book.  Keep in mind that on Amazon books change prices daily so be sure to check to see if it is still listed at $0.00 before you click to purchase.

Many of these are recommendations based on the fact that I have read them and others are based on my review of the "look inside" feature on Amazon.  Some are too young for my homeschooler but look like wonderful additional resources for your current curriculum's or as stand alone products.


For children

The Secret Garden
Learn the Numbers
Knock Knock Jokes for Kids
Lily Lemon Blossom - Welcome to Lily's Room
Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know
Treasure Island
Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
Little Women
Middle School The Worst Years in My Life
The Wind in the Willows
Space! A Kids Book About Space - Fun Facts & Pictures About Outer Space Exploration, Famous Astronauts, Space Ships & More
Silly ABC's


For parents


Declutter Your Home Fast
Home School Secrets
Can I Know God's Will
Can I Have Joy in My Life
Deployed (Called to Serve)
When God Whispers Loudly
Candle in the Darkness



I will be making an attempt to produce a list like at least once per week and more often if the response to this post indicates that it is welcomed more often.  

Thank you for looking and I hope that you find something that you like or that speaks to your heart.

Be Blessed
Mimi

















THANK YOU

This post is really to let everyone know how much I appreciate what you do.  I have to say that I spend a lot of time reading blogs and other sites created by some really talented people.  I have links to some of them on the left and right of my blog page here.  Feel free to click through to them.

Why do I spend so much time reading the posts and information that others offer?  Well, I thought that it was because I just wanted inspiration and ideas of new things to do with my grandson "little man"  In reality, I think it was because I was trying to read between the lines to find out if anyone else was having or had ever had the same kinds of issues that I am having.  If you read some of the other posts I have made you will find that I have a tremendously gifted and extremely hyperactive 5 year old that we removed from public school because he was being treated so badly by his teacher and therefore by the other students to which she has admitted.  She has said that she simply did not know what to do with him or how to teach him at the same time she was teaching others that were not where he was, so she just claimed that he was a behavior problem, which actually caused him to become a behavior problem.  Not only that but she caused him to dislike learning with a passion, something that we have not yet in the months since November been able to change.

At first I know that it was my teaching style, I was still a "school" person and tried to teach him that way.  Now don't get me wrong he was successful at first doing tons of work, then suddenly one day he just stopped and said "NO, I am NOT doing that." and he has continued to do that to this day.  Occasionally we can get some things accomplished but it happens rarely

So this is basically my blog about quitting. I think I don't have a choice but to give up.  I want so much for this little one and I love him so much.  I have prayed and prayed and prayed and I keep coming up empty. I have scoured the internet and found so very many things that would make learning fun for him, but, if it means he has to write one word or work with even on number, he goes into meltdown and I just can't stand to hear all the hatred that he spews out at me when this happens.  I don't know where it comes from because he was and is most of the time, such a happy, loving child.  He has such a big heart that it breaks my heart to see this happening to him and me not have a clue as to how to help him.

I will continue my blog to hopefully put something out there that someone else will find useful for their own children and I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.  Maybe someday, God will answer my prayers with this "little man" and we will see some measure of success,

So enough rambling, enough of my problems.  THANK YOU ALL for the inspiration and the ideas that you have given to me for homeschooling.  You are doing a wonderful job and raising such wonderful children.  I see from many photos that you share that your children are happy and love what they are doing.  Great job!!!!

May God Bless you all throughout your journey and if I can help you in any way whatsoever please just post a comment somewhere here or send me an email and I will certainly be willing to do the research you need or the praying that you need always.

Be Blessed

Mimi

Friday, May 17, 2013

Lovin' the Outdoors

We had a wonderful park day a couple of days ago.  I wanted to try something I read on a blog that I just happened on the other day which I am sorry to say, I did not bookmark or pin.  Right! What was I thinking?

At any rate, this blogger talked about having a difficult time getting her daughter to do her math and her scenario played out exactly as ours does in our home.  You know the one I am sure, "I hate this." "I am NOT doing this" as they rip the paper or wad it up pinch the eraser from the pencil or snap the pencil in half. Any number of these scenarios play out at my house any time I mention math or place a math problem in front of him.  Well anyway, one day the daughter says to her mother, "let's go swing".  So feeling the need to back up a little she acquiesced and the daughter says, OK, you give me a multiplication problem and if I get it right, you push me the number of times for the answer.  (I am paraphrasing here.).  To the mother's surprise, she got them all right and thus began the swinging math lessons (my words).

I thought I would try this, so off to the park we go (I don't have a swing in my yard).  I talked to 'little man' about it and he seemed excited to do this.  I packed a picnic and my daughter and I took 'little man' to a well visited park in the area.  He decided that he did not want to eat but would rather play, so we allowed him a bit of free time.  After about an hour, I said OK, it is 'swing time',  and here we go.  I started with a really simple addition problem which he got correct and got the appropriate number of pushes, (I am thinking this will motivate him).  Then on to the multiplication.  "OK, what is 2x4?"  He answers correctly and receives the appropriate number of pushes once again.  "Now what is 2x8?  Here he is having a bit of difficulty and that's OK, I expected it, so I just wait as he ponders the question, and he finally comes up with 16, correctly, and receives his pushes.  Then just as I am about to go for broke here with another one, he says "Can we be done with this now?"  I was done.  He would do no more and I knew it.  I could push this issue but what is the point, he is shutting down as he asked the question. So instead, I let him go play and have a good time, meeting some new friends and I go back to my blanket  and the multitude of squirrels that are beginning to surround us, which of course we attempt to scatter.  Then 'little man' comes over and says how cute they are, "can I feed them"  Sure why not.  He takes a handful of Frito's and here is what we saw.




I think at one point there were a half dozen squirrels practically waiting in line for a Frito.  He was ecstatic that they actually came up and took the Frito from his fingers.

So all in all, I would consider that this day at the park was a successful one, we got a teensy bit of math done, Oh and also, he did actually sit on the blanket for a few and finished the 2's in order to get to go to Cici's for pizza.  So I felt like a winner and so did he.

Not to mention while eating our pizza, we (his mom and I and anyone in hearing distance) received a lesson on the ingredients on his pizza, where it came from, how he thinks they made it and whether it is really good for you or not.  Yep, another good thing on this day.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Changing It Up

Ok, here we go.  I tell you, I spend so much time on this computer.  I read each and every blog on homeschooling that I can find and discard those that do not seem to apply to me, no offense intended but I don't feel that I am using my time wisely if I am reading something that is not God driven.  There are many that I do read each and everyday and I have them come to my email so that I don't miss them.  I have learned so much from other moms that it is unbelievable that I even managed to raise my own two children to the ripe old age of 30 and 31. So now I am the 'mimi' to my 5 year old grandson as many of you know already and I do the homeschooling so I am sort of the ''sit in mom" here.

When we first started homeschooling, I did it all wrong.  I was schooling him.  Now don't get me wrong this child went through worksheets at the rate of 15-20 a day and we only did school for about half a day. So he sped right along and that was all in a month.  Then we took a Christmas break.  That was it, he stopped.  He almost came to a dead stop.  He has done some, he has progressed, but it has been a horrible, no good, very bad time for both of us.  Lot's of yelling, lots of screaming in frustration and that is just me.  He is hating me, wanting me to leave, wanting not to be stuck at home with me and a myriad of other little terms of endearment that he has stored up for me.

So I started backing off. I would only give him a couple things to do each day and I always have to sit right beside him and then it was taking nearly 3/4 of the day to do 25% of what we had been doing.  Imagine my frustration level, but I am trying to hold on.  I don't want the screaming and yelling and I can't stand it when he says "I hate you".  Then last week my daughter and I decided that we would do only devotion, Bible study and Art.  I can't do much with music until I can get an instrument and some lessons.  I don't want to teach music without the music I want him to have some reference of the music by the hands on lessons. We do listen to music because he loves to dance.  Anyway.

That did not work either.  He was great on Sunday, if you read my earlier post about Mothers Day and then on Monday, we did devotion for almost 2 hours only because his interest level remained high and he continued to ask questions, so I kept going.  I broke for lunch and then there was no art.  So now it is devotion is the Bible study but with a couple added prayers.

Today nothing.  What I got was "I'm not doing that, it is just a book and I am not reading."  Meanwhile he is sitting on the couch reading non-fiction books about sharks, National Geographics, doing Mazes, a little about plants.  So I say, ok at least he is reading.  So I asked him to come and read his Spanish words for the last 2 weeks plus this week to me.  He did, we had a small greeting, you know "Hi!" "How are you?" in Spanish, that sort of thing.  Then I said ok let's do just one math problem on the board, just a practice.  Nope, nada, not having it.

I know what part of the problem is.  He was very excited to learn when he started school, became bored, was pushed aside and he then became a behavior problem which they just wanted medicated, which we did unfortunately.  Now to my dismay, I believe we did the wrong thing.  He is probably not ADHD, just gifted.  I continue reading. I have I think 10 browsers open as I write this post.

Now I think I have an idea from my reading.  We are going to the park tomorrow and I am going to try something that I read worked for another mom at the suggestion of her own child.  Multiplication to the swing.  I proposed this to "little man" and he seems excited about it.  We are also going to spell on the slide.  He slides down and spells a word before he can go back up again.  We shall see, I will report back and let you all know how this works.  It seems he needs to move to learn and the other thing is that I need to reduce the stress both for him and for me in order for the information that I give him to get to the right portion of his brain.  Who knew?  Certainly not me but I am learning.  And that is okay so long as he is happy and reaching toward his potential.  If it does not work then I will try something else.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Few Changes

After having made a few posts and looking at this blog and how I think I want it to work, I made just a couple of changes that I wanted to share.

The changes are not major, just a teensy change in the title from This and That with Mimi to "Mimi's This n That.  The blog url address also changed just a little to mimisthisnthathomeschool.blogspot.com.

I hope that you will follow the posts as I travel this road I am on and attempt to stay on the path of righteousness. I don't claim to be perfect, nor do I claim to have all the answers.  I have the same struggles, joys, and victories that we all do at some point in our lives.

My difference is that I did not begin this journey as a homeschooler until I was 60 years old.  I homeschool as you know, my grandson who just happens to be the light of my life as well as the thorn in my side.

I truly believed that I was the right person for the job of teaching him and that I would be a blessing to him.  Ah ha, not so.  I maybe the best person to teach him since his mother is the supporter of this little family, but I have to admit that he is the blessing.  I receive so much joy through this journey of homeschooling.

I have am gaining so much wisdom and a closeness to our heavenly father from this child that I can not imagine why I never thought of this for my own children.  This is just an example of how long it takes us sometimes to find the path that God has chosen for us and the highways that we must travel in order to reach the path.

To God be the Glory!

Be Blessed
Mimi

My Mother's Day

Well here we are and Mother's day is done.  It was a special day.  I did not receive a mushy, lovey card.  I did not give one either.  My grandson was a bit unruly most of the week so we did not get to his art for his mother (my daughter).  We did get the sunflowers transplanted this week and then yesterday early in the am we took two of them and re-transplanted them into a beautiful teapot I had picked up at the thrift store for him to give to my BFF which we include as part of our family.

HOWEVER, my day was wonderful.  I could not have asked for more.  My daughter also says the same thing, she was shown something in her son, my grandson yesterday that we will never ever forget.

My BFF's mother in law is in a nursing home with stage 6-7 or Alzheimer's.  For the most part she does not remember anyone and rarely anything current as is the way with this horrible disease.

We walked in and "little man" walked up to her, she looked at him,and said "Oh, my God, it is my "little bit boy".  She has always called him this as she has a lot of trouble with names.  She is Hungarian and though she has been in this country for over 30 years does not speak or understand English very well, though at times she used to really try.  I have always been either "Nancy's friend" or "Pan or Pat" never Pam.

Little man reached over and gave her a big hug and kiss on the cheek.  Now remember, my little man is extremely ADHD, however, yesterday, he played Jynga and Go Fish with her, very quietly and very patiently.  She of course does not know how to play these anymore, if she ever did.  He would gently place his hand on her shoulder and just quietly say, "it's okay grandma, just take your time, it's okay."

We spent a couple of hours there and he played with her the whole time, no running around, no screeching at the top of his little lungs.  He pushed her around in her wheel chair, showing her things all around her, took her to the living area and they watched a cooking show on TV for a few minutes as he explained to her how to measure and make sure not to stir too quickly so that you don't stir it out of the pan and make a mess.

My girlfriend, my daughter and myself sat and just watched in amazement for the entire 2 hours as he handled her with gentleness, grace and calmness.  We have always known that he has a huge heart for others but yesterday the "proof was in the puddin" as they say.

Then we went to lunch and back to my friends home where he gave her the sunflowers and explained what she must to with them to make sure they grew tall and strong.  We played, had some mother's day cupcakes and coffee and in general had a wonderful evening.

This morning, I wanted to tell him how proud I was of him yesterday and then he just made it all worthwhile.

He said to me. "Mimi, you know, God told me, ya know, in my heart, that I had to be careful with grandma, ya know, cause she is a lil' bit, ya know, old and ya know, almost ready to go home."

I thought I would bust, I wanted to cry so bad but I did not want him to think that this made me sad, so I just hugged him for all he was worth and squeezed him until he said, "Mimi, geez, can you let a guy go?"

That is my story for Mother's day and for me it was one, if not the best day I have ever had.

Thank you God, for the blessing of this little boy that you have placed in our care.  What an awesome God.

Be blessed
Mimi

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Keep Them Home

I saw this video tonight and wanted to post it here for some who may not otherwise see it.  It is an awesome reminder of why we homeschool.

Thank God that we still have that choice.  Let us all do what we must to make sure that we can continue to homeschool our children where they can be brought up to serve the one true living God and to give Him the Glory.




Tuesday, May 7, 2013

VINDICATION AND AFFIRMATION

I had such awesome new yesterday. Being vindicated and affirmed is so sweet sometimes. This post is not to in anyway spout on about my grandson and what he is capable of, but to show just one more reason why public schools and many of their teachers need to be taken to task for what they do and their behavior which they call education.

Now I have to warn you that this may break the rules for optimum blog length, but I just have to get this out there so that others who have experienced this realize when they have doubts about homeschooling, HEY, YOU ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING.

I homeschool my 5 year old grandson so that my daughter can work.  We pulled him from public school in late November because we felt he was being mistreated, and the guidance from the school was that he had behavioral problems, meeting after meeting after meeting, they would tell us that he needed socialization skills.  yeah right.  This is the most loving child,has the biggest heart you would ever find and  loves being around people, playing with other kids. Just loves people.

As I said, there have been multiple meetings, multiple psychological testing, vision, hearing etc testing by the public school prior to his being removed from their tutelage. So now they asked for a meeting with the Head of the program for gifted student education (Steve).

Steve:  I have read the reports and let me just say, it is apparent that your son is brilliant, no question. What we want to do is provide him with the best solution for his education that is possible.
Daughter:  That's fine, but we have already accomplished that.
Steve:  Oh, I understand that you are homeschooling him, is that really the best solution?
Daughter:  I think so,
Steve:  What level work has he accomplished since being homeschooled now for 5 months?
Daughter: Well, let's see, he is reading at 7th grade level but still really enjoys 2nd and 3rd grade level reading as well, 3rd math, 2nd-3rd language arts, and various levels of other subject depending on what he is interested. etc. etc. etc.
Steve: Would you consider placing him back in PS but in higher grade level?
Daughter:  emphatically NO
Steve:  Why is that?
Daughter, Because he is still only 5 years old.  Older kids think he is a baby and treat him as such.

Anyway it went on an on like that for a bit and then the teacher that he had while in PS was there and she said, "may I say something?"

Teacher:  I have to admit, that the issues with Jaeden was my fault.
Daughter:  REEEALLLY?  REEALLY?
Teacher:  Yes, I did not know how what to do with him or how to give him what he needed so I just pushed him aside and basically ignored him. I had decided that he was just too hard to handle and since he was not interested in doing the work I handed out, he obviously did not really belong in that class.
Daughter:  You do understand that you broke my child, you broke his spirit, he loved you and was so excited to learn when he came to you and and after only 4 months with you we struggle to help him regain that excitement and to help him understand that it was NOT HIS FAULT.
Steve:  Have the aggression issues been addressed?
Daughter:  Let me ask you this, if you were ignored, wouldn't you be angry, if you were pushed aside, wouldn't you be resentful, if you were separated from others wouldn't you be aggressive?
Steve: I suppose so but aggression is different.
Daughter:  Not when the child is physically separated from the entire classroom and ignored.  (This teacher had moved Jaeden's desk away from everyone in the class and made him sit alone.)  This only made the other students feel that there was something wrong with him and then they also treated him differently.

(He always played alone at recess, no one ever spoke to him at lunch.  This is a horrible way for a child to go to school everyday.)

Daughter: This meeting is over, (looking at the teacher who is now silently shedding tears) and you ma'am should be reprimanded, have cameras placed in your classroom,  re-educated and possibly removed from teaching.

I was so proud of my daughter.  I know this sounds a bit terse and possibly even hateful.  But this is what is happening in our public school system.  My grandson would never tell us what went on in his day.  We would ask, "how was your day" his response was always "fine" until the teacher started requesting that we get him medicated and when we did that albeit hesitantly, she said it is not working he needs more medication.  Trust me he did not need more medication.  The little that he is/was on turned him into a zombie like child for about 3 hours and then it was back to the same hyperactive, inattentive little boy who likes to rip and rear around the house and run like he is being chased when he is outdoors.

We did not then and do not now want a zombie child, have gone to homeopathic solutions as well as just letting him be.  We teach when he wants to learn, what he wants to learn and he is fine, he is happy and he gets to play with others when he wants to and when he does not he can simply say, no, I don't want to go, which by the way he never does.

So folks, pay attention to your children, even when they tell you everything is fine, if the grades don't look right to you for the child, start questioning everyone who will listen, if they don't, then pull them out.  It does not take a lot of money to homeschool and it does not take a lot of time.  I spend about 2 to 3 hours a day 3 days a week working with Jaeden and he is excelling and he gets to do Bible Study which is of course not allowed in the public school setting.   The absolute, most important aspect to homeschooling this child is HE IS HAPPY!!!!!!!!!.

Thank you for sticking with this post and I hope that it has inspired you to perhaps show a friend who is having trouble with their children in public school or the teachers and adminisstrators of the public school or your own if you are not already homeschooling.

What we are doing was affirmed the moment that teacher admitted that it was HER FAULT.

In Christ's name I pray that this may never happen to another child in any school anywhere in the world.

Be Blessed
Mimi




Saturday, May 4, 2013

Topic of the Week - Plants

Just FYI, we choose a topic every week for study for that week.  This week happened to be plants.  We have had great fun with this one.  I went onto our library web site and located some books and the specific location for them in the children's section of the library and off we go.

Our trip to the library was successful and we brought home tons of books both from the children's section as well as the adult section.  Since Jaeden is such a reader it really didn't matter.  Though he does get put off by pages without pictures and when they are typewritten so small.  He really likes to have pictures to go along with his reading still. We are working on visualization while reading, but for this subject I happened to agree, pictures were an absolute must.

Once home we began flipping through the books and I pulled a list of vocabulary words that he would need to understand, fortunately several of the books from the children's section already had some vocab for them in the beginning of each book.  That was a plus. Also, we began out second lapbook ever for this topic.  I had lots of cutouts that I got from Homeschool Helper Online

This is really good selection for children.  There are lots of printables and activities to choose from. Great from the Homeschool Helper.









Other information I retrieved on my search through the library was a wonderful video done by National Geographic on the National Parks, this one in particular was on the beautiful Yosemite National Park with geologist mountain climbers and told a wonderful story of the park and how it was created and is changing and how the changes affect the plant life in the park.



 by Mary Dodson


and

  by Gary Spahl         by Janet Slingerland

This has been a wonderful lapbook experience so far and since this is such a broad subject area and contains so many things that interact with the plants themselves, we will be continuing this lapbook process in the coming weeks.  First a break to prevent boredom with the subject matter.

here is a photo of his plant experiment.  He has tomatoes, sunflowers and bell peppers coming along.  Of course the sunflowers were the first to sprout.

 Above are the sunflowers at Day 4



Above are the tomatoes (pick in pot) and the peppers at Day 4

It is now day 7, let's see what they look like now.

Look up and see the tomatoes and peppers at day 7
look down and see the sunflowers at day 7 


Jaeden is amazed and when we spritz them with water, he stands there and says, "ok, little sunflowers, drink up, come on little tomatoes and peppers, take a little drink."  SO CUTE.

Til next time,

Genesis 1:11-12
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.


Be Blessed
Mimi