Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Fill In

1. Birthdays are okay.

2. Spring is my favorite season because of everything coming back to life.

3. I feel my best when I am in line with Who I Am. (Reader of Conversations With God, here)

4. Chinese anything is my favorite food!

5. First impressions are very usually correct.

6. The best piece of advice I ever received was "Follow Your Heart".

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to being by myself (introverted and the girls are away for the weekend), tomorrow my plans include attending my brother's graduation ceremony and Sunday, I want to mostly relax but also get some house cleaning done!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Re: teaching to read

From the AlwaysLearning list...

-=-With dd, I had already had the benefit of seeing ds teach
himself- -=-

I think it will help you move further faster if you revise this
thought to "I had already seen him learn to read."

He didn't need a teacher, not even himself.

I was just thinking about this today because on Monday someone complimented Marti's reading skills. She is 8 (or will be in about 3 weeks) and I believe she reads at or above her level (whatever that means), but really don't know in honesty. I think the reason that I get this comment (Wow! She reads really well for her age) is because she looks younger than she is (many people think she is 6 or younger).

But the situation left me wondering what to say to someone that tells me that she reads well. I know that "She taught herself" isn't "appropriate" if you ask Sandra (lol), but with others outside the unschooling world, it seems like the best answer I can come up with. A couple times it has sparked a conversation and sometimes I hope the little things (like that or like seeing the girls out and about with us during school hours or seeing that we treat our girls like we love them instead of like they are burdens (which happens a lot when you ride the city bus around here)) will enlighten people. I don't know.

Anyway, I my point was that I was just exploring this theme today. Crazy how that works, huh?

Thursday, June 19, 2008


I wanted to pop on and apologize for not updating this in a long time. I have been busy with the girls and with taking pictures.

I have a couple little stories though...

Time in Example
Lilly hit Marti
I brought her inside, and am ashamed to admit I spanked her bottom (for the first time in months though). Within 30 seconds I was appologizing and we were crying together.
So, we went downstairs and it turns out she was hungry and much more easy to "deal" with once I appologized and LOVINGLY got her something to eat.

6/12/2008-Marti turned down a powdered donut because "they don't taste good to me anymore".

Now, there is so much more that I want to write, but it's almost time for bed so I will pop on in a couple days I hope.