It’s Wednesday, that means I am staying up late catching up on laundry and tidying up the house before O comes home on Friday. I know, I need two nights to wrap up all the household chores.
Without him at home, I used the laissez-faire approach to house governing — left dirty dishes in the sink overnight (perhaps more than one night), kids’ soiled clothes in a corner of the bathroom until I have the energy to pick them up and throw them in the washer, and I did not sweep the floor every day. But rest assured, in spite of a few messy spots and shambles around the house, my boys are well fed, well cared for, and well nurtured.
I am writing this post in between laundry loads.
PP had his Kindergarten assessment today at his future elementary school. He did quite well, and the teacher shared that his reading level is where most kids are by the end of Kindergarten. That gives me confidence in my home-teaching method to supplement what he formally receives from Preschool.
I started teaching him phonics last summer, bought the Hooked on Phonics app (highly recommended!) for him, which spring-boarded his greater interest for reading. We have also been working on letter-writing and math. He gets agitated about sitting at one place, and hates the repetition of doing the same thing over again. But I do switch it up between that and some fun math works. Lately he is using the Khan Academy app (also, highly recommended!), and begins to work on sequencing and basic addition/subtraction.
PP is a kid who gets bored easily, if I don’t find ways to challenge him, he will fall into a slump of boredom, and when he gets bored he only wants to watch TV. Sometimes I feel as if I am a Tiger Mom in the making, setting high expectations for him, and asking him to do some work beyond his age. I still think that being a parent, I need to help him practicing the notion of “doing better” and not falling back into mediocracy. He might not like it now, but he will thank me in the future, I am sure.
(That’s my snippet of having a Tiger Mom’s attitude!)
Anyway, I do balance between academic work and fun stuff for them. They need balance, just as much as they know about expectations. Today we had great outdoors time, walking along the hiking trail. It was warm and sunny, but the surrounding color was a brownish monotone. The lake was still frozen on surface. If the temperature keeps rising then spring thaw will happen soon.
I am keeping my eyes on the cherry trees at the park, waiting for the blossoms to adorn and take over this brownish color of late winter.
They stopped midway through the trail to talk to this gentleman and ask about his dog. It’s fun to listen to the conversation between them. The funny part was when Peanut told the gentleman, doggy is stinky poop! , not exactly to his verbatim. He was not verbose enough to be diplomatic. He told it like it was, straight up toddler honesty.
The lake is still frozen, trees are still bare-boned and frail. But I still found beauty in it — sullen beauty!
Alright, I just heard the sound of the washer coming to a stop. The last load is done; I need to throw them into the dryer. The boys need clean socks, lots of them!