Sunday, March 24, 2013

Whats blogging again?

Yes, I have become a slack blogger. On the upside, I think I've been a more hard working mother this term. The blogging ideas always come when I'm driving but by the time I sit down at 9pm, they are either forgotten or I'm completely drained of all my will power to do anything more than passive internet surfing. If its going to be chore, then I might as well skip it right?

Adrian turned three in December so he has grown out of the little Montessori class that we both attended together previously. He is old enough to join the first of the pre-school classes but I don't think thats for us yet. I'd like another year with him before I lose him to all his little school friends.

Each morning, after we drop Aaron to school, I aim to make our house into a mini pre-school.

We do a practical life skills, like folding the laundry.

Practice with numbers and using a pencil. Here he is measuring his bugs and 'writing' down the measurement on some dotted numbers.

I sometimes do the counting with his Hot Wheels cars but he's here with the abacus.

He seems to like these alphabets that I've made and he's finally able to spell his own name and some three letter words. I found that having him practice the sounds this way has helped his reading quite a bit.

So, thats what my mornings are usually like. By the time he's ready for his nap, I am too!

After dinner, the evenings are similar to this except that I try to focus a little more on Aaron. There is no bribing or coersion here and we end up having an enjoyable time. Many of the activities I plan are like games so they think its fun.

All that 'educational' play, driving around for school and other stuff, cooking and cleaning has me drained (and lazy) by the end of each day.  Thats why blogging has suffered. However, after a relatively laid back day like today, I feel motivated to try to get into at least alternate day blogging this week. We'll see how I go...


Mike said...

Well I was beginning to wonder about you. You were working your way down the blog list on my sidebar. You and Dana were tied at 3 weeks of no blogging.

Want to keep Adrian busy? Have him calculate pi on his abacus.

Bilbo said...

Nice to hear that you're still out there! At least you have a perfectly good excuse for not blogging ... active motherhood is more of a time sink than blogging ever was! And I think it's wonderful that Adrian is learning to use an abacus before he gets into calculators and computers and all that stuff. Oh, and by the way, my granddaughter Elise turns three today (March 24th)!

John Hill said...

Your boys are growing up quickly!

Good to hear from you when you have the chance to post. I understand the feeling of not wanting to write when it seems like a chore.

Amanda said...

Mike - Yes, I noticed that on your page and it gave me a small nudge each time.

Bilbo - Happy Birthday to Elise! Are you starting to feel she's not a baby anymore? I hate that feeling.

John - They grow too fast and I'm always worried I am not appreciating the time enough.