Thursday, April 28, 2011

Homeschooling: I like to play with letters

Have you heard of Bananagrams? I picked up this game at Walgreens. Little Scrabble-style letters come in a banana-like pouch. These little letters are a great addition to our homeschool.

This morning, Keagan grouped together the letters he knew the sounds to (S, M, and A)

And Nolyn worked on putting together words. I noticed that he often puts words and short sentences together backwards- for example, today he wrote "eht taob llef" (the boat fell). I know some would likely say he's dyslexic, but I think kids have such a unique perspective. I mean, he's just now grasping the concept that letters have to be put into a specific order to form a word.(For example, to spell out pants he would write "npats".) I think this was because he was writing down the sounds that stand out the most to him, no matter the order.  It's just like when kids learning their numbers- order is a concept that takes time. (Keagan likes to count, "One, two, free, fo', five, six, seben, ten, ahunnerd!!")

Merikalyn loves Bananagrams and has fun making sentences, grocery lists, and people's names.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Evangeline: 7 months

My sweet baby Evie-Rose is seven months old now (on April 7th).  Can you believe it?  My friend, Tori, sent her several adorable outfits... so I had to snap a few photos to show them off.

She's sitting up now- still a bit wobbly, though!

Look at those adorably chunky legs!  She loves to stand up. She's not crawling yet, but she will pull up on stuff now! I think she may walk before she crawls, that little silly booger!

Notice Keagan's arm in the left corner. :) Stinker!

We're doing good. Evangeline is having some issues with seasonal allergies lately.  Her little eyes are goopy and her nose is running.  She was up all night... I think I got a few hours of sleep.  And she was pretty cranky today in church, although she did conk out for a bit... long enough to have the buttons on my blouse imprinted on her forehead. (Hehe.)

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♥ Mandy