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Is it Sunday already?

The pain in my back has let up a little bit, and feels more like bugs crawling under the skin. It's an artifact of the nerves being damaged and I knew it was coming. It doesn't make it any less weird though.

I love to hear the developing sense of humor of kids. Last night, Michael was teasing Matthew and he was telling him his name is Matthew William Hot Dog. :) The other day, Scott was threatening to tickle Matthew. Matthew twisted his finger around, pointing at Scott and, with a grin, said 'I'm not afraid of YOU!'. They are starting to really laugh at more subtle jokes on shows, and even make some of their own. I just think it's fascinating to see their mind start to create things that are original instead of just spewing what they have seen or learned.

Oh, you also have to laugh at mispronunciations. Michael asked me to tell him about his 'Urnery Track'. Took me a minute to figure out he was asking about his Urinary Tract Infection. *laugh*

Scott should come back late tonight. Thank goodness. It's been a hard weekend alone with the kids, but we've had fun. While we haven't been able to be active, we've tried to be mentally stimulating. We're working on our letters, and writing them. They are still having such a hard time recognizing letters out of context, so we're just going to go through the alphabet two letters at a time and not move on to the next set until they can consistently recognize and write the current two.

Ok, back to bed to watch Batman with the boys.


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Jun. 21st, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
An 'Urnery Track' sounds like someplace to race pottery. Hee.

The PBS Kids show Between the Lions (the site has lots of good printable pages) has been really helpful for Laurel with learning letters and putting them together into words.
Jun. 21st, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
We've watched that a few times, but it doesn't hold their interest for some reason. I have gone through all kinds of ideas to get them to see letters as 'play' so they'll stick with it. Letters on the fridge, pointing out the letter different objects start with, drawing letters, reading letter-based stories and poems, they have an alphabet table which says the letters they press, all kinds of things.

So, this is the latest. Just going to focus on two letters until they get them right consistently. When I asked what letters we were working on this week, Michael at least said B, but couldn't remember A. When I asked what kinds of things start with A, Matthew (amazingly) came up with Apple. My mom and I sat there and talked about A and B words, hoping they would get it by just listening or would feel like joining in when they saw it as a game. :)

We'll keep trying. As bad as he wants to read, Michael will one day understand that there is a connection and you have to learn the letters to learn how to read. Matthew will probably be right behind him, but you never know when he'll surprise you. He'll probably be the one that one day you just REALIZE he's been reading *laugh*
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