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
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,
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