|This happens to be the only picture of Drew I captured, he is so busy and I can't catch him on camera!|
Drew loved Camp Invention this last week - planning and engineering a water balloon popper. He learned all about energy, created a light up circuit and learned all about inventions and inventors. It is the one camp he looks forward to all year long. Drew is currently in love with jumping on the trampoline and listening to stories. I actually got out a bunch of old books on CD from last summer. I am not joking - I think he has memorized them all. The one set he loves are the Magic Tree House, he also loves James Harriot. We've been reading tons of library books and are going to finish up the last chapter in The Magicians Nephew on Sabbath Sunday with our traditional scones. I'm not sure what has come over Drew, I need to remember this moment, because he goes through phases where he doesn't appear to learn anything and I get so frustrated. Then, when he is ready, he just remembers facts and sight words and reads better than I even imagined. He is one smart cookie - he will do anything to get out of reading for himself, so do you know what he does? He memorizes the stories. The whole thing! Tonight I had him read to me a story that we read about a month ago. He started to read it and it dawned on me that he wasn't really tracking with his eyes on the words he was reading. So I took the book away and he kept reading - word for word! That boy! That is why reading is so hard for him - he looks for every other method to not actually read. I can't complain though, the smarts are in there and he will be way smarter than I in a few more years. Tonight Drew and I were out on the trampoline looking at the moon and we were chatting about the Human Genome Project. I mentioned that it pertained to the genes inside our body that are housed in our DNA. Drew jumped up and grabbed this huge human anatomy book we have from Costco and drug it outside. He flipped to the section about cells and asked me to read it to him. We spent an hour looking at the human body and all its complex parts. He was so excited to learn about how he poops - no joke - he is such a boy. Drew and I read all about the digestive system - from mouth to anus. I just had to smile because I get so stuck on sticking to the curriculum plan that when I just enjoy the moments and the questions I can see exactly how much he retains. It is a lot. I asked drew what a cloud was tonight because he was finding objects in them, he replied "water vapor." We studied that over a year ago and I would have never through he'd remember. He also stated that it had been almost a month since we chatted about he moon because he remembered that I said the tiny crescent takes almost 30 days to get back to a tiny crescent (or new moon).
Gabe went to camp for two weeks - one week on mammals and another on dirt. He had a blast and even made some new friends. Gabe is into bouncing on the trampoline too and is now getting into "Lego Creations." Gabe is my early riser so he spends about an hour before his clock shows 8:00 building crazy ships and tel-porters. That boy keeps me laughing and is the crazy one always hiding in forts and under tables.
So that was our June - quiet, fun, relaxing! The evenings were spent reading and resting in the Lord and being more diligent in prayer. I think I'll continue the trend indefinitely and getting rid of a few DVR auto downloads that will air this Fall. Less is most definitely more!