Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Plan!

I think I finally have "a plan".

Now that Mia's in school, I can commit sooo much more of my focus on Graham.  It's amazing how much he has to say!  It is seriously nonstop, and I must admit that I do completely block him out at times.  I'm trying to be better about it, though.  I don't want him to think I don't care about what he has to say, but Jeesh!  Give me 60 uninterrupted seconds of silence!!!

Through all of his questions, I have started to figure out how he learns.  It amazes me how much of an auditory learner he is!  I find it impressive since I am completely visual/kinesthetic.  I've been trying to use any opportunity to work on letter recognition and sounds with him.  I was concerned about his complete lack of interest, but have been validated as a good teacher and stay-home mom the past few days.  Graham is pointing out letters everywhere we go and telling me the sounds they make.  He is full of excitement to be recognizing things and makes connections, reminding me of a story I told him or a book we read together when he learned a specific sound.  He is constantly wanting to read to Ross, and has even memorized a handful of books to "read" him.  It's adorable!

I decided that I'm going to start doing PreK lessons with Graham.  I'm going to start with A Letter of the Week and do various activities with that letter all week.  I'm going to integrate math, science, etc. in as well.  I think he'll love it!  He's such a little sponge right now!  I've also started teaching Mia piano, and I am noticing that Graham really wants to participate!  He'll go into our formal dining room, where we keep our other piano, and mimic the lesson Mia's doing.  It makes me sooo proud!

I feel like I now have a purpose, and this blog will have a purpose!  I can post different activities that I do with him, and maybe it will help other stay-home moms work with their kids, too.  Or...Maybe nobody will read it.  Who knows?  All I know is that I'll get to feel like I have a purpose!  I plan on starting next week.  Stay tuned... I hope I can pull this off!!!

Graham reading his Thomas the Train ABC Book to Ross!  


Sarah said...

That is awesome! The joys of being a stay at home mom :) it sounds like you are really enjoying it, knowing that you are making such a difference in the lives of your children is so fulling. I look forward to reading how everything is going :). Good luck and have fun!

Sonia Graney said...

I think you have found your real calling!! Some of my fondest memories of raising my boys was "teaching" them their letters, numbers, how to read, etc. You will look back on these days with the fondest of memories!!

Am loving your blog . . . so fun!

Cyndi Hendrickson said...

This is such a great idea! I might be using these in a year or so when Chloe's old enough for them! :-)

carol anne said...

It cracks me up that Graham is a 'yacker'! I have two!!! DJ and Kelly need to Just Stop Talking sometimes. Paige and Mikey, are my quiet little Bookends...
My kids LOVE to read and have always read to each other. The younger one loves the attention and as they get older, they really need the "out loud" practice to get how a story flows. And I enjoy listening to how they interact with each other :)

A Goldsworthy Note said...

I will definitely refer back to your blog when Grant gets older. Lucky, Graham. He gets a bad-a teacher and doesn't have to share you. I'm really excited to follow along. As for the piano, I can imagine how happy you are. My next house has to have a spot for a piano. Great posts!