qoc, i'm so glad to see you here!
have you noticed how little i discuss boobah's milestones in the birthday thread? :LOL she's also very alert, and quite a little person. if only she'd stop throwing up for ten minutes...
yesterday, i sat with my younger niece (4 years old, pervasive developmental disorder) and started doing some phonics work. i'm absolutely positive that she can and will be reading with no effort at all in about two months. she remembers *everything*. the thing is, she can't write at all, because she doesn't have the muscle memory to hold a pencil. if you hold you hand over hers, you can feel that sometimes her grip is too loose, sometimes it's too tight, she presses too hard on the paper or not at all... it's really frustrating. she's also incapable of staying on a task or keeping her eyes on what she's doing. she can tell you what sound every letter makes, and give you several words that begin with it but she gets distracted. "thassa letter 'a'. a is for aunt like jennifer!" (runs over to jennifer) "i love you jennifer! you are a aunt! yay! where's beanbean? i love you beanbean!" and on like that. she's a really sweet kid, but it can be really difficult to watch her. she's very bright, but she's also definately not quite right. I just don't know what to make of it. my mother wonders if getting her a typewriter wouldn't be a more reasonable thing to do than expecting her to write, but i'm not sure.
I may ask about it in a different thread.
my older niece is beginning saxon math 2 and is doing very well in her other schoolwork. i had mom order the second grade books because she's going to need them in about two weeks.
i love homeschooling her and i'm so freaking glad to be doing it! i get to do something i've always wanted to do and to work out the kinks before i get to beanbean in any serious way. it's lovely.
she's also so happy to be out of my mother's house, which is no big surprise to anyone who's spent any amount of time there.
yesterday, someone new was shocked that beanbean is only going to be 2. when i say his birthday is in a few weeks, they all say "so he's going to be three? was he a preemie, he's really small for his age..."
the thing is, his speech isn't what i'd consider fabulously perfect or anything. i guess that people expect boys his age not to be at all understandable by anyone outside of the family, so when he says "hi, you've got a red honda civic! there's a baby in there! vote for kerry!" they're just blown out of the water because they understand him.
T okay, i admit it: i think it's adorable when he tells people "vote for kerry! john kerry's our guy!"
: my niece was so funny at the IL's house this weekend. they were watching the news and talking about bush and bush voters, and chibichibi said "I don't know why they're talking about voting for bush, everybody's voting for that other guy. what's his name again?"
it's true: everyone in her circle of grownups who's talked about politics (except for the IL's) is voting for "that other guy."