So I had my talk with Amy but when we had to leave doors open on the back or front porches, the temptation was just too great.
She made friends with Juan, who has three daughters and who painted his nose to make her laugh.
Showed some painters her freshly "painted" fingernails.
Left one of her books open and wedged in the window in case they wanted to take a break and read.
Another day sent her and Anna downstairs to jump on the trampoline so she would move away from the porches/doors to stop watching them and talking to them. Unbeknownst to me, they were also down below on the basement patio painting doors. Anna told me Amy's conversation with yet another painter: "Hi Mr. Painter. You are doing a really good job. One day when I grow up I am going to be a painter just like you!" Anna said he laughed and said thank you. She's a mess!
Glad they are now finished and our house looks really great.
|The window Amy talked through, with her new found painter friend that only has one earring.|
Now we are staying busy doing homeschool and getting ahead for the year. We love our Story of the World, History CD series and Amy is right in on it. I always copy her a map and coloring page that goes with the lesson so she can stay busy while she listens. Much of it is too complicated at this point but she does get something out of it. I help her with the map and she copies Anna because she is so proud to be doing whatever Anna is doing!! Amy is reading three letter words, sounding out and has a small stack of beginner readers that she can read to me. Anna, Amy and myself continue to read books together in the afternoons as well. I read fiction and non fiction trying to capture whatever Amy's interest is at the time. For example, when we had the snake incident, we read a snake book. We have read books about bats, and birds, foxes and frogs and the seasons of the year. The girls are catching fireflies in the evenings so we checked out some firefly books. We have read books about the weather as thunderstorms pop up in the afternoon and books that tie into the history lessons. We recently learned about the Dutch in history so we read a true story about Katje the Windmill Cat. Last week we read about a young giraffe that kept wandering away from his tall, tall momma. Mamma giraffe kept telling him to "stay close", "stay safe" but he kept pushing the limits and was in danger from predators. He was not a bad giraffe...he was only curious.This one was good for Amy as we continue to work on her staying close to me at stores and public places. She sees something that interests her and off she goes...just like little giraffe in the story. And she never meets a stranger, will chit chat with anybody. She said, "Momma you are not a tall, tall momma, you are just a little momma so you can't see me."
"That is right Amy, you need to stay close so you can stay safe".
Because we read this book many times, we looked up more information on giraffes and have learned some interesting facts about them. Often the girls have questions, we look them up on the internet and sometimes watch short videos on subjects. Reading so many books, I was blown away when we made a list for the library reading program, seeing it on paper as I don't keep up with it other wise. We just love our reading time, so we go to the library sometimes twice a week to get more books. Anna listens with us but also has her own bag of books that are way past her grade level as she is an excellent reader. It is a wonderful thing to be able to educate little people and especially to teach one who has missed so very much. So exciting to see her and Anna, and myself, for that matter, learn together and enjoy good stories together.
Unless it is a really cloudy day, it is too hot to play outside so we are making the most of indoor activities. We often go outside in the evenings, after we cover with insect repellant, that is. The mosquitoes have arrived in full force for the summer. The girls ride scooters or gallop around like they are horses while I take a walk.
We will be headed to the beach in July so we will be swimming every day there to stay cool. It will be a nice change of scenery and help us survive the summer.
|I got a new camera so Will tried to capture a shot of The "Honey Moon" that only happens every 15 years.|
|Painting with watercolors. We have been watching the deer in our yard. Amy wants to catch one and tell them we won't hurt them, so they don't have to run away.|
|She painted every pair "red" her favorite color. We each had to pick our favorite pair. She would not let me pick the flats. "No, mom. You have to pick high heels".|
|Playing in the rain|
|Anna's sewing projects|
|Arabian Princesses riding unicorns|
|Walked the church campus for exercise on the day we had dancewear fitting. Was nice and cool inside.|
|Amy in the lead. Pretending to be a wild pony.|
|Checking out some shirts at Kohls|
|And surprise, surprise, who is in the accessory department? |
"Momma, can you see me over here? I really lika these!"