Wednesday, August 20, 2008
According to Cullen, the classes were really fun. His competitive nature is showing though - he's all excited to find out that there are chess tournaments and robotics competitions. His eyes are full of the medals and trophies he plans to win after he masters these new skills! Well, I guess he comes by it honestly...
The other children and Moms seem to be really friendly. Of course, Cullen doesn't have a shy cell in his body, so he dove right into groups, chatting away. I like that there is a range of ages in each class. Everyone seemed to get along well, and especially in the robotics class, the older kids were helping the younger with patience and respect, not treating them like babies at all.
Behind the building where everyone meets are mountains of kudzu vine climbing over trees, bushes, etc. As much an annoyance as these plants are, they have the most incredibly sweet-smelling blossoms, similar to grape-flavored candy! I spent half an hour at least wandering along the edge of it just to breathe it in! They don't last long at all if picked, so I only plucked one to share with Cullen and a few stray children running around.
Overall, it was a great day. Cullen is making new friends and learning new things, I got to meet several new potential friends AND I spent some time along the edge of a blooming kudzu patch!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Cullen's morning included a short devotional after breakfast, a little bit of handwriting practice (he is convinced that handwriting is eeevilllll) then one of his favorite subjects, math. After a short play break, we read a little history together about how early people lived, then talked about different countries and cultures. We'll be working some geography into this time as we go along. Cullen did a wonderful job on his reading, then managed to do a short copywork assignment without complaining.
For science, we learned about the water cycle (Everything is more fun on a whiteboard with markers!) and set a measuring cup out in the sun with a few ounces of water in it that we plan to check this evening to see if a measurable amount of water has evaporated. We had lunch and made a trip to the library, then he did a little work in his Explode the Code workbook on compound words.
Technically, that was it for our scheduled schoolwork, but he went ahead and made a page on sand crabs (discovered during our beach vacation) for his Nature Notebook. You can see I finished writing his sentence for him - after such a busy day, he said he just couldn't write anything else! So he wrote, "Sand crabs are the color of sand" and dictated for me to write, "so birds can't see them." I'm proud of his efforts on the little crab!
As I type, Cullen and his cousin/buddy, Justin, are playing together in his room. They have danced like crazy to some hip-hop addition facts cd's (hilarious!) and are now settled down to a game of Mario Cart. I'm sure as soon as they catch their breath, they'll be jumping around and bouncing off the walls again.
Oh! This past weekend, we made a trip to the pet store and bought a new home for Dookie. Looks like she's happy in her new digs, though it took her hours to figure out that the aquarium rocks are not edible. It was a lot of fun to watch her try!
Friday, August 15, 2008
and crawl through...
Our littlest boy is six years old now - not at all a baby anymore.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Dad and Eric also took Cullen golfing with them one day, and from what they say, he did pretty well. He was just tickled to get to play on a real course with the grown-ups instead of just the putt-putt places he would normally get to visit.
The swimming lessons were finished just before we left on this trip, and there was plenty of pool time to practice. Cullen enjoys swimming underwater now, whereas a few weeks ago that was absolutely not even an option!