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!