Me and my kiddo

Me and my kiddo

Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer, home-schooling successes!

We've been making massive progress in the homeschooling.  Cameron has done his first multiplication word problems without batting an eye and delved into both single and double digit long division.  His writing is really improving as we practice with hide and seek clues or treasure hunts.  Finally, we're two thirds of the way through American History and he's finally getting into it... still won't admit he's having fun, but he loved showing off for his athlete mentor :)  We had such a special moment the other night after finishing reading Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech.  The drama was still tingling in the air and we'd talked about the choices being made.  We snuggled and I sang:

My country tis of thee
sweet land of liberty
of thee I sing
land where my father's died
land of the Pilgrims' pride
from every mountainside
let freedom ring.

Seriously precious times.  Due to balking, we paused on music practice and are going to listen to a music appreciation class on our road trip.  Yay for my seven year old wonder :)

Other things to share:

Cute antics:
• searching out "Anthem" from the books by the chair (we read it several weeks ago) and bringing it up stairs gleefully saying, "I. I. I. I." (In the book, the world has lost that word.)

• after getting pinned during some play, "Don't use your talons!"  (Goodness, my nails aren't that long, but we have been reading about dragons a lot lately.)

•Just after reading the beginning and end of The Declaration of Independence, I got this response to some tickling:

"If I'm American and you're American, GIVE ME MY RIGHTS!"

He did request rough housing, but I believe he was interested in reasserting his right to liberty :)

• it's not my kiddo's, but I can so see him doing this when old and crotchety :)

The natural results if you tell the child you don't want ink on the furniture or clothing, but his body belongs to him.
(If I thought this was done in preschool, I was wrong.  This kid just marches to the beat of a different drummer.)

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