So, I've been laying around the house this week trying to get over what ails me. I'm STILL sick! I'm on antibiotics and everything. I'm even taking my iron supplements even though they give me a tummy ache and make me sick, too.
Tuesday was Back to School night and Viola finally has her permanent teacher. A sub has been teaching her class until they finalized enrollment. We went to her class and sat on miniscule chairs while the teacher talked to us in her syrupy-sweet-I'm-speaking-to-children voice. The plan is to *start* phonics in January and hopefully have the kids reading 35 sight words by the end of the year. Half the parents in the room spoke in broken English. The teacher complained that a number of the kids couldn't write their names and more than a few are having trouble rhyming simple words, especially those who don't speak English. Imagine that! But, here's the deal: I believe in the idea of public education. I believe that Viola can benefit in many more ways than just academically from being present in a public school classroom. If there is one thing that I could teach her, above all others, it is to be adaptable, to make the most of the situation, to roll with it.
On the home front, we'red trucking right along with the "Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". Viola is reading words like: see, eat, read, mad, sad, cat, rat. She is sounding things out and the light bulb seems to have come on. Sometimes she wants to do two lessons a day. We're also working on a little science and social studies: we're reading and rereading "What if I lived 100 Years Ago" and "Tornadoes" and "Counting Through India/China/the Arab World". Viola's been obssessed with reading Little Red Riding Hood.
Avery is doing reading lessons, as well. She knows her 'm', 's' and 'a' sounds and is sounding out combinations like 'ma' and 'sa'. We're working on rhyming and saying words and sounds slowly and then quickly.
I had a riding lesson on Thursday with Erica Posely. I'm still sore. That's how you know it was a good lesson, right? I'm going to go out today and ride, of course. Then I need to come home and work on cleaning the house.
I did find time yesterday to reupholster our dining room chairs. They were cherry with white brocade seats. Well, not so white anymore. I found some beautiful merlot colored brocade and now they are all brand-new looking. I put in new foam and batting and was quite handy with the staple gun. I suffered a few minor damages: some blisters from prying out the old staples, some cuts from pulling out the old staples with pliers. Totally worth it, though. They look bee-u-tiful! The cool part is that I bought a bunch of extra fabric, so if a chair takes some particularly bad damage, I can just reupholster it again.
Well, I best get my booty moving ranchward...