We are still here ...
Ds#1 is getting good at reading and wants to know what everything says, what the different "rules" are, and how different words break the different phonetic "rules". The Olympics actually helped his environmental print reading - he was addicted to the commercials and now can recognize a bunch of different stores and their names.
We haven't been doing many "formal" lessons, but often are playing with the magnetic letters from the fridge. We also got out the HWT chalkboards and wooden letter piece cards to practice letters. He wants to learn correctly (he's told me) but also balks at times with direct instruction, so we are taking it a little bit day by day. I've told him that when hs'ing, there will be times where mommy gets to decide what/how/when, and he'll listen to me, and then there'll be times when he gets to decide what/how/when.
Our main obsession right now is Magic School Bus - both the books (we read those every night) and the dvds. He was telling me today that Magic School Bus and science are good for our brains!
Ds#2 is just trudging along with us - his obsession lately has been the Leap Frog Math video - he gets to watch it once in the morning usually before his brother wakes (allows me to wake up slowly and keeps him somewhat quiet while ds#1 is sleeping). His speech is pretty delayed, but he knows what numbers are, is getting good at "counting" and recognizing amounts, and knows pretty much all his letters by their sounds. So, if we could get the speech to catch up, he'd be giving his older brother a run for his money.
I think I might order Singapore math this summer to start in the fall (ds#1 will be techincally kinder age and ds#2 would be the standard pre-school age), and also start the history portion of WTM (very loosely though). I also want to buy Muzzy Spanish - probably will do that AFTER the mw is paid for and we upgrade our computer. My mom said she might buy the Muzzy for us, though, and then come over for lessons too.
I'm thinking of taking her up on that option!
Otherwise, our weeks have become busy - Tuesdays are our biggest days I think. We walk to bagels with my dad, and then have our hs'ing park day. Wednesday is Mommy & Me at the roller skating rink (my mom skates with the boys and I go out there in my shoes and walk the rink with them - I'm excited to get on skates once the baby is born). The boys LOVE it and ds#1 wants to have his birthday party there. Thursdays are library day/story time, and we usually walk over to the playground area of the park to play for a little while. Ds#1 is also totally excited because we signed him up for Co-ed Pee Wee Indoor Soccer through our city sports league (free!). So, that should be a fun experience for him - they don't keep score.
With the baby coming at the beginning of June, I'm hoping that by the end of the summer, we'll have enough practice with a 5th member of our family, that we will be able to easily slip into a routine come fall. For now, though, it's fun just taking things as they come (though my boys both thrive on routine, as long as it doesn't start too early in the morning).