Well, I never got a nap yesterday because the lady from Pearson
Learning called me back about the phonics curriculum I am buying for
Miriam. She kept saying that a child should not start the learning to
read program until he could tie his shoes. Something about motor skills
development. I still can’t really see the connection. I understand that
maybe the kid can’t be expected to write their name until they can tie
their shoes, but why learning to read? Also the lady was saying under
NO circumstances could a child start a first grade program until they
were 6 years old and therefore I shouldn’t start the pre-K program with
Miriam until she was 4. I just politely yessed her and ordered the
stuff I wanted. (On the other extreme side I know a woman who insists
that all babies should be able to read between the ages of 6 months to
1 year.)

Dave got stuck in Kennesaw until 7:30 or so, so I fed the kids earlier.
They would probably not be able to eat the chicken curry I made anyway.
It’s a real Indian recipe and spicy. My oldest brother-in-law, Tim,
married a
woman whose mom is Indian and her mom gave me her own recipe. It is
good! Dave has been on a jalapeno pepper kick (breakfast lunch and
dinner!) so I thought it would be right up his alley. I made the rice
pilaf to go with it, I even cooked some split peas to simmer in the rice dish.

After an 8:30 dinner with Dave, he went to do some last minute work and I took a bubble bath and then we went to
sleep around 10:30. This morning we woke up at 7am to a pitch black
morning, and it seemed like the middle of the night. When I re-woke up
at 9 to the kid’s voices, it was still dark, but seemed more like
morning. So we got to catch up on our sleep at least. Miriam has been
playing with Starfall every day on my computer and really enjoying it. She has learned all the little phonics songs from that website as well.



Just now Miriam said “Mommy, Jireh’s stinky.” I said OK and was about
to get up and then I heard “Be still, Jireh.” I went to investigate and
this is what I found. Jireh looks up at me matter-of-factly and says

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6 Responses to

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like the lady is crazy! 🙂 Well I’m glad you know what your doing and got it anyway! But the opposite is extreme, reading at 6months-1yr? Thats also crazy! But there is a place in between and sounds like your there:)Still dark at 9am? I bet Jared would love that! Being he doesnt get home from work till usually 8am.Anyway, we are off to Colorado for Ian’s wedding! Have a good week

  2. AnniWongTon says:

    You can’t teach Miriam what you want to teach her! That is a little werid! So, did you listen to the lady and not order the curriculem that you wanted for Mir?
    Wow! Still dark at 9! That wouldn’t be nice for me. I would never want to get up cause of the darkness… I am so not looking forward to the winter this year! I hate waking up and freezing!  Hey! I am still in school right now. The kids are on break so I decided to say hi!
    Anyway, now their break is over and I have to get them back! Ttyl! Love ya! xoxoxox!                                                                                                                

  3. AnniWongTon says:

    Those are the cutest pictures! Miriam is a little grown-up! and Jireh is here little doll! I love it! Looking at their pictures gives me such a warm feeling, cause I love them so much! Awww! I really miss them!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Where it says “this” is what i found…the link isnt working…its says pg unavailable? What did you find? 🙂

  5. AnniWongTon says:

    The “this” isn’t working! I wanted to show everyone, but it said “error page”. So sad!

  6. AnniWongTon says:

    It works again! I am so glad, now I can show everyone! heehee! Such cute pics! Just wanna pick them up and hug them!

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