Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Fun + Summer School

It has been a great month - Drew finished up ACA mid May and we've  been playing and relaxing ever since. I've also thrown in two days a week with a reading specialist and two days a week with a tutor/sitter, just to make things fun!

I confess I am a homeschooling mom who can't have her son read to her one on one, so I hired a tutor. Drew's reading struggles stems from his vision issues and the rest seems to be confidence. I've been working with him on reading for three years and I've determined that I can teach him tons of things, but sitting down listing to him read is not one of them. So I gave up and hired a tutor - judge me if you want. Having a tutor has been such a blessing. The tutor encourages and never gets interrupted (phone or other children), its great! Gabe even gets a few hours this summer working on handwriting and reading,

As for the rest of our summer, the kids have been swimming in our community pool. attending VBS, going to junk Art camp and playing with mommy and daddy! Their imaginations are going wild.

Today I sat down with Drew for an hour and just played Lego's - the phone rang 3 times and I  was interrupted another 2 times so I think we only got in 30 minutes, but it was something. Drew loves LEGO's and imagining crazy flying dragons. It was fun, but it took a lot on my part to stay engaged and  be silly. Then Gabe and I played for 30 minutes, which was totally not the way Drew played Lego's. Finally the tutor had left and we all played Lego's for 20 minutes. Wow - I admit I struggle playing with the boys on their level -  hanging out flying little men on jet packs and crashing into dragons wasn't my idea of a great afternoon, but it was for my boys! I am trying to set aside time each day to spend one on one or three on one with them, doing whatever they pick. I don't know why that is so hard for me, I  was a kid once  - right?

As the summer starts we're still working on some school things a  few hours each day - mainly Math and reading and phonics. Gabe is so close to finishing up all his Kindergarten requirements. Drew is working on his second grade phonics and third grade math. Its great homeschooling and being able to customize the kids learning instead of sticking to one grade level.

In another week Drew will be off to Camp Invention and then everyone leaves for Oregon/Washington. I leave a week later to join in on all the fun. While I am home alone - which hasn't happened since prior to Gabe's birth, I'll be cleaning and de-cluttering and boxing up a few things. I also need to paint some of our walls and clean up my office. I am sure I'll miss them all, but my house needs a really good cleaning - its gross and I've got better things to do than clean! We're excited to see Grandma Patti who is coming home for a  few weeks after a year in China. We'll also  be spending 4 days at the coast with Papa Tractor and Grandma Carol! The kids are so excited to see the ocean and build sandcastles. They will also meet their new cousin Kara for the first time!

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