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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When Teaching Math

Breathe in, breathe out and repeat to self  "I am patient, I am kind, my child will get it in time, even if it takes 10 years.."




 For as long as my child is trying and is not giving me bad attitude such as shouting, whining, not listening, etc then I have no reason to get upset. If he/she starts feeling upset, starts crying or shows that he/she is not interested, then its time to stop.

So here's Nh doing the same math problem he started with yesterday morning. The great news is he finished it. The first 3 numbers he did yesterday and the rest he answered today. He was cool and decided he had enough so we packed up! I did not get annoyed or raised my voice etc. I wish I was like this when my eldest was struggling with her Math work a few years ago. Instead, I was so worried and upset and I felt it might be the start of a Math disaster! - Whatever that means.  Math was, still is, my Waterloo. When I was a child I felt I could be anything but a Mathematician.




 Both L and Nh are doing Miquon Math. And why did I choose this? Because I like it a lot!!! If I could go back and be 9 again, I would want this for myself!!! I would much prefer if L worked separately from Nh so there will be less distraction for me, but this is wishful thinking. They seem to be in the mood to work side by side these days. I value my time teaching Math to L and Nh. I know that in a few years I won't be of much help to them. My older girls are doing math work that I can no longer help them. Most of the time, but not always, if they need explanations regarding some math problem, I need them too! So they have to search online or wait for their Dad to come home to get Math help. I am not on top of the situation when it comes to Math. I wish I am, but I am not. Thanks to the the answer key that goes with their workbooks I occassionally get to check their work. Most of the time they check it themselves.

As is now doing Saxon Math 6/7 and A is doing Teaching Textbook Algebra 1. She has been doing Algebra since she finished Saxon Math 7/8 about 3 years ago. She also did Key to Algebra, but she is not convinced she got it since she had such a hard time when she started doing Saxon Geometry. So she decided to go back to Algebra 1 again, then go back to Geometry maybe by September.

I tell my older girls, if you want to be good at Math, then you have to do the work with or with out me checking in on you. You do it because you have to, for the joy and discipline of it, you do it for yourself. And am I happy if they do their Math work and do it well? Yes I am. It makes me very happy to see them learn new stuff. To work honestly and ask and search for help, To trudge along with the work at hand and do it well, with out being bitter, whiny and annoyed is something I value deeply.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

There is Hope!

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month. I can not contain my joy with the recent X-ray result of As!!! When she returned from her therapy in Scoliosis SOS Clinic, her Cobb's Angle was measured at 30 degrees from 36 degrees. Now she is down to 27 degrees. She has been doing her daily exercises since, and decided not to wear her brace as recommended (23 out of 24 hours in a day) by her doctor here. She only wears her brace at night or whenever she feels like it during the day. I can feel her renewed enthusiasm because of the positive results.

I had doubts about sending her abroad for 1 month to try out something that I was not sure will work out. Plus the cost of the trip! Plus the specialist here said, he does not know of any physical therapy/ activity that can guarantee to reduce the curve. He said we can try to keep the curve where it is through physical therapy, swimming, yoga, etc etc. but he recommends a brace as the best shot. To be fair to the specialist we are seeing, he is a spine surgeon not a scoliosis specialist. Also, he is the only doctor who came up with a plan and the only doctor who recommended an intervention on an a.s.a.p tone.
So what made my husband and I decide to go for the therapy? The fact that our daughter's scoliosis is not life threatening although it is progressive, the solution available for her, which is surgery, is indeed life threatening. There is no such thing as risk free surgery and to have it at such a young age was not something we wanted to see happen to our daughter. Also, there is no such thing as 100% guarantee. So, we spent what we had in the hope of correcting a condition that seems to be going downhill for our 2nd child.
I tried to play down my doubts and encourage my girls to enjoy the vacation, and for my 2nd daughter to go and make friends while she is in therapy and meet friends and family while they are in London and watch shows etc. Here is a post I wrote last year on exactly the same day. And here is another post from last year about a week before they left for therapy.

 


The Scoliosis SOS Clinic and their therapists are doing a great job. And I am so thankful to them for their dedication, including follow ups and for connecting me to a mother from Brunei when I inquired about any person who has gone through their program. My email exchanges with this angel from Brunei has given me hope and became my source of strength.  Her openness meant the world to me when I felt trapped. Here was someone who understood. Though miles away from me, her emails made me feel like I had a hand to hold as I cried. I wonder if she will ever know what a blessing she is to me. Her daughter, like mine was diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and had therapy ahead of As. She even gave me practical tips about London which my husband found most helpful. I pray for her and her daughter and the rest of her family. I hope to one day meet her.
There is hope for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and I don't think its wait and see! I think its scoliosis specific therapy! Its far and it costs a lot, but so does a brace, and so does surgery. To say that my daughter has overcome her condition is premature and exaggerated. She still has a curved spine, and it might be something she has to deal for the rest of her life. She still has her brace and she still might need surgery, but as for now there is a ray of hope that she is working effectively away from it and towards a straighter spine.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Struggling Writer

My little boy can play with his Lego for the whole morning! Complete with building something, followed by conversations between his Lego Men, crashing sounds, explosion, flying etc.
Since I do not want to be an intruder but I so want him to start writing and counting. I sit on the floor with him and talk about what he is doing. For a few weeks now I am successful at getting him to count and write. And he is eager too. He likes to talk a lot!!!

At the very start of this he told me the names of his Lego men and I told him that he should write his name and then I will write the name of his Lego men. And he replied, "No , I do not want to write I am still playing. I will just say my name."
So I told him about the movie I saw when I was a child about a man who does not know how to read and write and this mean guy forces him to sell his horse by forcing his signature on a piece of paper. And since the whole place/ town knows that this guy does not know how to write, the mean guy just forced his hand to write an X and everybody in the place/ town believed the mean guy.
So we went on talking about the horse and the man who can not write and property and selling and stealing and his Lego horse. And from then on I have a willing, struggling writer. Not the book kind of writer but the ABC learning to write writer. My goal is he gets to write his name before the year ends.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mud Cakes

Right under my nose, As, L and Nh made mud cakes and mud cookies!!! 
They would never have made this had I seen them starting out for a litany of reasons!
Think germs!

Super scrub hand washing.

Mongolia

We just finished reading A Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade and I have to say Mongolia sounds harsh and fun!!! 
When I say "we read" its a read aloud. I do the reading to my kiddos ages 15, 12, 9 and 5. This is such a great time to be with each other. My older children have more outside activities and so reading a loud with all 4 of them present was not as easy as it used to be. Sometimes there are a ton of interruptions which could result in a project that is somewhat related to what we are reading, field trip, film viewing etc.
Here's a video I found about Mongolia. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 


Friday, May 3, 2013

Hot Topic: China

My book read for March  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon have nothing to do with Terracotta Warriors but we ended up dwelling on it. Here's L's clay Terracotta Warrior.

The following also came up while reading the book:
Where did Lolo's parents come from?
Communism, Great Wall, Emperors, Silk Worms, Foot Binding, Tiananmen Square 1989, The Forbidden City, Cholera...
I went on to read Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze. And we talked about the opium war, tea, silk, bad luck and laissez-faire.  Its so hard to stick to just reading- history, art, politics, economics and science sometimes even math blend in and we end up swirling around it.
Here's a video (same as the one below) we watched about the Terracotta Warriors that I would label as History but the video ended with Physics.

At some time during our China high, talk of rebuilding the Forbidden City was discussed suggested material was Popsicle sticks, here are some Forbidden City maps. Fear engulfed me as I imagined the time and magnitude of the project. I had a vision of stepping on glue and our entire living room filled with newspapers. Anyway it did not materialize. A and As made a timeline of the Dynasties.
 April was all about China. I wish I had been more creative or I had planned but this always seems to be an after thought for me. I wish we had an abacus although none of them were interested when I mentioned it. Maybe next time we can make our own abacus. Okay, I would not know how to start but I am certain that it is do-able, if one is interested enough.
I am so happy that my children will have memories of me reading to them. When I read to them, I have their time and attention. Its amazing that they connect what we are reading to previous work/ project/ conversation or material we have done. Now we have moved on to Mongolia. And here is the first book my kids and I read that has Mongolia in it...





Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Flower Power


Inspired by a photo I saw in Facebook a few days ago:

I decide this would be a perfect science activity. So armed with some coins (lets bring in the math while we are at it) I drove to Agdao Public Market after dropping off my 2nd daughter at Agdao Violin Institute. The white roses in the flower stall cost P30.00 per stem or P360 for a dozen but they did not have any today.

Off we go, Nh and L and me to Bankerohan Public Market (Wireless side, not the Magallanes side). On the drive to Bankerohan, we sang our hearts out to the Geography Songs CD. I can't believe that the Manang who sells flowers in Bankerohan remembered me and Nh from more than 2 years ago!!! She was so happy to see us that she gave us a dozen red roses!!!

A bit of history: After I gave birth to my son (who is turning 5 in a few days) I decided to buy fresh flowers for the house every Wednesday and I made my drive to the market my quiet time. No radio, just me and my son in the car seat and sometimes the girls came along and we stay quiet until we get to buy the flowers. I allotted about P150 for this every week for this. Why I stopped I can not recall. I am so touched by Manang's reception, I felt like we are old friend and we chatted a bit. How generous Manang is and I don't even know her name! So Filipino!!!

I found the white roses needed for our project. In Bankerohan, when they ask how many you are buying they tend to assume you are getting in dozens not pieces! But based on the price they gave me in Agdao, and the coins L and I counted, we could only afford 4 pieces. However, a dozen white short stemmed roses cost only P120.00 in Bankerohan!!! Maybe Agdao sells long stem roses, I am not sure! But my golly the price difference!

Work commenced as soon as we entered our house.

The instructions for cutting the stem in 4 was not possible since the stems were too thin. I decided to just cut it in 2. But while the other flowers were beginning to color up the ones that were split in 2 stayed white.

See how the end of the stem is drying up? Maybe this is the reason why the flowers were not coloring up? Or maybe I was just impatient. Or maybe its because its taller than the rest, so the colored water has not reached the petals yet. Anyway lets see how this goes. Its supposed to be left to absorb the colors for hours not minutes. I decided to cut the the stems and put it in one color except for 1. We shall see how it goes.

L and I watched this math video to help her with subtractions before she ran upstairs to make a birthday card for their baby cousin who is turning 1 today. I still have an hour before lunch so here I am blogging while waiting for the time to pick up A from ALS and As from AVI.

I feel so blessed meeting Manang again and I am still waiting for the tall flower that is suppose to have 2 colors to happen! I shall update on how it goes. There goes math, science and real life for this morning.

UPDATE
The colors did  work. See how one side of the same flower have green petals and the other side's blue. Next time I think it will be better if we combine contrasting colors, say blue and yellow or green and orange. Also violet was not pretty it looked really sad. Hope you find the time to try this project out.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The POD Summer 2013

What's happening this summer at our little space?
Here's the schedule for the Classes
Then we have our Thursday Play Group, Peas in The POD.
We have 2 mommy Meet Ups.
 First Mommy Meet Up on April 20, Saturday, 10 to 12 noon.
Mommy Nadine is coming all the way from Cagayan de Oro to show us how the Rai Tai works. I met Nadine, a warm and enthusiastic young mom during the Mommy Sense Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Training last October. She is one of the moms behind Mommy Bright Side.

 2nd Mommy Meet Up will be on May 4, Saturday 10 to 12 noon.
Althea of Life Casting Philippines will be answering questions about hand casting. I met Althea through a couple who attended Childbirth Preparation Class last year. We had a talk about life casting and a giveaway last September, you can check out some photos here. Althea showed us how she does it and I still can't believe how it is done. Think quick and happy and you end up with something to keep. Oh I am feeling sentimental now! Althea also attended the Mommy Sense Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Training last October, photos here.


Registration is a must for these 2 meet ups as we can only accommodate about 20 people. To register:
Text Alex at 0918 938 2591 or 
call The POD 3022737 and leave you name and mobile number with Annaliza.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Book Reads for March

We are a little a head and somewhat behind with the Sonlight Core F. The important part, at least for me, is that I am am reading to my little ones and we have a bit of structure in the day. The challenge is to keep our academics rolling this summer and start our science work!
A read the following for this month:
5. Chemical Chaos by Nick Arnold
6. To Be or Not To Be  by Liv Evers
7. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, this is the copy she has.
She is now reading " Mary Shelly's Frankenstien".

As
7. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart
8. Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park
She is now reading, "I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade" by Diane Wilson

L
6. Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
7. The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Huynh Quang Nhuong

Our Read Aloud this month is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. It felt like this book was written for me to read at this very moment in my life! Do you ever get that feeling when reading a book? Anyway, happy reading to you or go pick up the book you said you would one day read...
 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

What's the difference

between Childbirth Preparation Class and Active Birth Workshop?

Childbirth Preparation Class has 5 sessions and is a couple class. You come to class with your birth partner (any person mom is comfortable with whom she thinks can give her support and whom she wants to share the birth experience with).  We meet for 2 hours per session.

Active Birth Workshop, on the other hand, has 7 sessions -5 of which are Childbirth Preparation Class and the other 2 sessions are Prenatal Yoga Class, which is an all women class and is about an hour and 15 minutes. You can check the schedules here.

Why did I come up with Active Birth Workshop?  I have 3 reasons:
1. Some moms choose not to attend Prenatal Yoga and sometimes I meet moms whom I think can benefit from Prenatal Yoga. Active Birth Workshop is to encourage them to come and take some time out.
2. Sometimes, mom-to-be get anxious as the due date approaches. Prenatal Yoga might help them revisit the calm side of their being.
3. Some moms have been attending prenatal yoga and I would like to give them a discount when they come in for Childbirth Preparation Class.

This goes to say that, if you enroll in Childbirth Preparation Class and you decide to come in to 2 sessions of Prenatal yoga, you may do so. Just inform us ahead of time that you will be joining the Prenatal Yoga Class.
If you plan/ are doing Prenatal Yoga, and are considering joining Childbirth Preparation Class keep in mind that you have 2 more sessions of Prenatal Yoga once you register for Childbirth Preparation Class.




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Alphabet

Finally, from A to Z!!! I have been trying to make Nh write but with very little success, you can read my previous post about this here. I don't want to push, but I am excited and I can't help but compare him to L, who loves workbooks since she was 3.
He did not write all 26 letters today but he finished the last 8 letters today! We worked on this, in 3 different occasions since last week. I sat down with him and gave him colored pencils and showed him how to write by tracing the letter with my finger one stroke at a time.
I stirred our conversation to:
"The sound of this letter is... for (gave him the words)"
"What animal starts with the letter..." and of course he can answer and he asks me his own questions too like "Who's your friend who's name is (says the letter)..." I got the alphabet printout from here.

 To show his work, we taped it along the stairs! Now, As and I are also thinking of putting the timeline, which we still have to make near Nh's work, by the stairs. Maybe, we can do the timeline next week as we are over the top busy at the moment.  I am printing a new set of alphabet worksheet to work on one stroke at a time.

 ***
 Not related to Nh's writing but worth mentioning, As and A joined a Latin Class (the Language not the dance) yesterday afternoon and both of them liked it! The class is being organized by The Lighthouse Home School Network, a Davao based home school support group. Finally, I can get the Latin materials out. Yes silly me bought some Latin materials years ago, thinking I will get to figure it out. Of course I did not :)


Monday, March 18, 2013

Creativity

When does creativity happen?
How do you encourage creativity in your children or yourself? 
Do we cultivate creativity or do we become creative out of necessity?

I did not imagine that L's all out effort to get and wash the roots of an unwanted weed turned tree that grew near our gate, you can read more here, will be used as a decorative wrap for her cat's birthday gift! L and As came up with this:
 All for the love of Ginger (the cat) who turned 1 a few Sundays ago! Yes, we celebrated the cat's birthday complete with yummy cupcakes from Pink Apron. 
And of course L invited Ginger's "friends", a total of 5 cats and 1 human.
Oh what will life be without out friends who make our quirks totally normal!
The cats were scared stiff and it was almost the end of the party by the time they ate their food. Lucky our human guest (who brought all the cats) was more at home!
So going back to my topic, in this situation I think the gift was creatively wrapped. I am impressed! And I think creativity happened because:
1. There is a need or a lot of excitement. Both L and As wanted something special for Ginger and the were excited to show it to their Tita Katkat, our one and only human guest for the party.
2. They had time to execute their plan.
3. They had the materials they needed (scratch paper, black pen, roots) or to make it more apt, they made use of the only materials they have.
I asked As what made you think of wrapping Ginger's gift the way you did?
As: From Hotel Transilvania when Mavis opened her gift from her mom. 
Okay I don't remember the gift so I think I will watch the movie again sometime within the week. For now, I wish you an inspiring, creative, innovative week ahaed! May we get to make the most/ make the best of what we have...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Our First Feild Trip for 2013

CHINA!!!
We started with Core F, Eastern Hemisphere and I am going gaga over it!!! I am seriously enjoying this!

Every night I have been reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon  to all 4 of them. A lot of talking after a few chapters, prompted me to drive to Diversion Road and show them the rock formation along the highway.  It sort of matches the description of Fruitless Mountain in the book.  I will call this our first field trip for the year 2013. I feel a bit silly calling this a first field trip since we seem to be out of the house doing stuff like going to the post office, grocery, participating in the play group that my former students formed: Peas at The POD, church at least once a week. However, this is the first out of the house activity that we did that is related to the curriculum we are working on! Its hard for me to label this activity as Language Arts or Reading or Science since we tend to segue a lot and went as far as talking about soil erosion.
I remember this rock formation to be so much bigger than what it is now or maybe I was just smaller then. I also remember it looked more sharp than how it is now. This is the first time I ever went down from the car and be this close to it. We also found some sheep!!! What a treat for L and Nh! We stayed a total of 10 minutes, A did not want to go down from the car as it was hot and dusty and she so wanted to speed things up.
 A is busy with her own thing that I don't know where she is exactly in her academic work. She is  somewhere in Geometry, Chemisty, ALS review, IELTS review (she only has 2 weeks of review for this. And now, I am a bit freaked out that she has so little time to prepare) and some writing.
So looking forward to next week. I have a whole week of activity planned out!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Reads for February

Busy as a bee!!! Plus a lot of unforeseen and unwanted happenings for this month! Still the reading goes on for my young ones...
A
3. Finished with The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King
4. Children of Hurin
Somewhere between the begining and the end of the book  Chemical Chaos by Nick Arnold

As
3. Done with, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist
4. The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl
5. The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka, Roald Dahl
6. Danny the Cahmpion of the World, Roald Dahl
Currently Reading, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
L went on a Roald Dahl spree with:
2. Danny the Cahmpion of the World
3. The Magic Finger
4. The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka
5. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator


I was not able to do any Read Aloud for February. But will certainly make up for this! Our box from Sonlight arrived today with the "meat" of our academic work for the year!!! I vow to sit with Nh and work on alphabets and some counting...

Friday, February 22, 2013

I am a guest at The Learning Basket

The second to the last post of The Learning Basket's  Heart of Homeschooling blog series is by me. I am so happy to take part in this. When Mariel emailed me I knew what I was going to say.

 If you have an activity now or a way of doing things and you can see, feel, realize that it is:
  • Effective
  • Fun
  • Allows you to be with your children, think quality and quantity time 
  • Unhurried and respectful 
  • Cultivates responsibility and kindness
  • Real
  • Creative
  • Exciting
  • Safe
  • Affordable
Would you not do it and carry on? You can read more by going over to The Learning Basket...
 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Books Read for January


Part of my record keeping is to list down the books my little ones read. I will keep track this year by publishing a post with the title "Books Read for Month". Each of my children set their own reading goals for the year. No book reports were required for this.
A, is into JRR Tolkien starting with:
1. The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Rings
2. The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Currently reading The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King 
As
1. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Currently reading, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

L
1. Matilad by Roald Dahl


My read aloud for January is my all time favorite, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Read aloud, is me reading while everybody else listens. I am not including books that I see them read, like Science books that they do not report as part of their reading goals. Also not included are books that they have already read and are re-reading again. I suppose if we were in school this would be Literature or English...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

And the Winner...

Of the January Giveaway is
From the Facebook comments:
Julie Faith Palo- Lapaz
Congratulations Julie!!!
Thank you everyone for joining!!!


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Root Project

All the manual labor to get the root of a weed that grew into a tree, in the little patch between the gate and the wall is what kept L, Nh and As busy this last 4 days. If this were a fruit bearing tree, I would have defended it, but since we could not identify the tree and we know our neighbor will eventually complain, plus our yaya Chu said it bears poisonous fruits that might be bad for our dog, we decided to uproot it. We should have done this much earlier but I was hopping it would be a mango tree and I just wasn't up to doing the task. It was more than 2 meters long by the time my husband decided to act on it! Which made him and the kids talk a lot about The little Prince (my read aloud for the month of January) and Baobabs.
This is most likely last day of digging as they got all the root out now. I wish I took pictures when they started. I think this is a good Science activity. L saw a stone stuck in the roots and pointed it out to me. Anyway, they are all upstairs now, doing math, I think. I will be reading the book Trees, before lunch. I got this book some months ago, you can read about it here.

Something is going on and I was told it has much to do with my work. I think it has much to do with change and Evidence based Maternity Care and Practices. So yes, it has nothing to do with this root project. I think what's going on is not the problem, it the result of a problem. I think the key people involved should start getting into the root of the situation, as other situations such as this will arise. The real issue I think has long been over due but like my little weed turned tree, it was left unattended. I think now is the time, for the big people in the big garden to start digging. I am but a small weed (to those who do not like what I do) or a small flower (to those who value what I do) I can not do the digging in the their garden because it will be in vain, they can do it better and efficiently by themselves. But they are most welcome to step into my garden and see how the sun shines on my side.


Monday, January 28, 2013

First Mommy Meet Up 2013

For the first Mommy Meet Up for 2013, new moms came in to share their birth and breastfeeding experience. I had so much fun!!! New moms have so much to share.


We got to talk about birth plans, nursery and rooming in, sore nipples, mastitis, milk blister etc etc...
Some of the moms have met each other in the July 2012 Meet Up when we did Belly Art.
 There were more new moms than moms-to-be, I certainly hope that the moms-to-be had a better view of the "landscape".  
One of the new moms formed a play group and I said they could meet up at The POD if they like. What a great way to start 2013!!!
More photos here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I Wept, Against Medical Advise.


I now believe that when I feel the urge to go to the bookstore, a book is seriously calling me! Yesterday, I had a to do list that should have filled my entire morning but it turned out to be a quick dash and I was done! On my way out, I heard the call of the book! So I walk to National Bookstore and the title, "Against Medical Advise" caught my eye!
 Page 1 made me want to cry, but of course I did not! I had to buy the book first!

I thought I'd shed some tears. Oh was I wrong! I found myself weeping!!!
What on earth is Tourette Syndrome? I am sure I heard it somewhere, sometime ago but what is it again? I also found Philippine Tourette Syndrome Association.
While reading the book I can't help but ask, Why? When will this end? What now? I am so sorry for the mom! I am so sorry for the dad! I am so sorry for this growing boy and his sister too!
I asked myself, Could the parenting style be exacerbating the condition?
Then, I condemn myself and ask, how could I even think that?
Oh but its too much! Just way too much for me!
What will I do if this happens to any of my children? 
I think all parents should read this! 
There is hope! 
The heart can see and the heart does not judge!
I think, this is where  parents differ from the 'experts'.
This is so reaffirming
The book is on sale in National Bookstore in Abreeza. 
If you are in Davao City, I can lend you my book just leave a message here. 
And promise me you will return it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Son's Writing Skills

Here's a list of what Nh CAN NOT DO:
X write or identify the first letter of his name (it does not seem to matter to him)
X write or identify the alphabet from A to Z (if I hold and drag his hand sure he can 'write')
X write or identify numbers 2 to 9

Here's what he CAN DO:
:) write numbers 0, 1 and 10 (if he remembers that 1 must come first) 
:) write a dot. 
:) write a crocked line from one picture to another in a work book 

 I randomly ask him hold the pencil now, and here is his little hand:

So I guess or I think, I should say he will be writing soon. Is he delayed? Should I be worried? If I start comparing him with my daughters then I would be super worried by now.  But he has other strengths and most of all I do not want to rush him.

He can understand, he is helpful and he seems really motivated with his cutting and pasting. He'll be turning 5 by April. And again he has no interest in writing. If I sit down and color with him and talk then he will hold a crayon or pen and do the same. But that's it so far!  Anyway in case he NEVER gets to write, I suppose he can cut out his words and paste them??? Wahahahahahahaha!!!



Monday, January 14, 2013

Once a Week Concoction

In the name of willingness to experiment, going for healthy and trying new flavors we have a once a week fresh juice blend with whatever fruits and/or vegetable we have in the house. For this morning, we have:
2 and a half cucumbers
7 pcs grapes
2 guavas (from our backyard)
2 slices of papaya (from breakfast)

Everybody helps out.
 Check out my daughter's reaction

What started out as green juice turned to some kind of free flowing yellow juice.
I wish they could drink it as fast without a straw but Nh and L can't finish the juice in a small glass without one.
 
The verdict for this mix:
"It did not taste as sweet as expected but its refreshing and light."
"The color is scary."
"Its okay but if this were a restaurant I will not order it again!"

Oh well, lets see how the next blend goes. 
Have a great week ahead!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Helping Out

Lend a hand to your sister. This is what I tell everybody in the house! Not because she is crippled and needy but because she is not! She is helping herself and working her way through her condition, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Her condition is not life threatening (for now and I would like to keep it that way). I want our family to have meaningful positive memories about each other, I want them to practice being there for each other.

L immobilizing As after her exercise
 As has to devote 45 minutes everyday for her home exercises. Giving her the space and a hand is what I want. She seems to enjoy her exercises and she can explain her condition and why she does her exercises the way she does it. I am so happy about this. I asked her to explain to us what she is doing and how to help her. She had therapy for a month at Scoliosis SOS Clinic and wrote a diary about her daily therapy (as I instructed her to do), complete with drawings. We are now leafing through it and completing the chart they sent her.

I think As is also diligent with her exercises now because she understands them and it gives her a chance to be free from her brace during the day. She also has some suggestions about her brace. She also does not like to wear her brace. My husband and I are not very excited to invest on another body brace, but we'll see.One day at a time.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Morning Break Conversation

Morning break in our house or recess for those  who are in school is between 10 and 10:30. Right after Nh's academic work and reading time but just before I check L's math work for the day. After this break A and As usually go back to their academic work and I go to the computer (so here I am blogging right away). Since today is a cold day, I decided to serve hot cocoa and open the cookies we received for Christmas.
The conversation that transpired was most reassuring! And of course, cute!

Nh asked A, "What do you call that dark place where there are planets?"
A: "The solar system?"
Nh: "Ah... No the other name?"
A: "Space? Why?"
Nh: "Yes! Yes! Because my cookie is like the moon and its dark space."
I asked him if I could take a picture. Then, As suggested to let the cookie float in the hot chocolate. and so down went the cookie.
Then Nh goes, "My island is sinking!"
As and A goes, "Get a spoon! Faster Scoop it! Eat it right away!!! Its soggy already!"
 I don't recall having drilled Nh about the solar system. I am sure we talked about it, but I don't remember any particular conversation though! But he knows about it! He is learning indeed!
 That's recesses for us today. 
Have a great week ahead!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year Giveaway!!!

My eldest daughter bought 3 boxes of Lansinoh Nursing Pads (60 pads in a box) for me while she was in London. Sweet right?!! But I am not breastfeeding anymore LOL. She knows that, still I encouraged her to buy them so I can have it in the little store at The POD! I feel so blessed and touched by her effort and in my head, things seem to be coming full circle as nursing pads where my ONLY breastfeeding paraphernalia 15 years ago when I gave birth to her! I am certainly getting carried away!!!

So, the first box will be for this New Year Giveaway!!! There are 2 more boxes at The POD for Php 550.00 a box. I know this will run out in a while and I have no way of buying more, so just go to Baby Mama if you need more.

Here's our contest mechanics/ rules:
1. Open to all Davao City residents and those who are near enough or have friends/ family to drive to The POD to pick up the box on or before 6 pm of February 10, Saturday. Its also the Chinese New Year!!!
2. Winner can not claim the item after Feb 10.
3. Contest will Close at 12nn on January 29. Comments under this post and on Facebook will be printed out and raffled.
4. Winner will be announced on this blog and on The Facebook page of The POD by January 31. 

Here are 2 ways to win:
     ~You can leave a comment under this post and/ or
     ~ Like The POD on Facebook and leave a comment here.
     ~ Meaning you can do both, so you have more chances of winning!

I am so excited!!
Happy New Year to all!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Let the Academic Work Begin!

Oh yes!!! Its that time of year again (and June too!) 
We are looking into a curriculum again, 
Setting long term and short term goals
Getting the stuff we did not get right last time
Making copies of worksheets
and the list goes on!!!

 A doing her Chemistry work.
Making a list and checking it twice  
Chemistry materials and the like..

As, L and Nh started with a math/ coloring book!
By the time I got to the room they were almost done!
Cutting,
Pasting, and 
Of course, looking for, what L calls "cheesy math stuff" like:
She may not sing along but I know she gets her math work more after watching videos like this!

One step at a time 
and we will all get to where we want to go...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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