What a week...I've been so busy at work that this week just flew right on by!! Things have been a little hectic at home; I know you're thinking--of course it's hectic...you have 4 kids and 2 dogs..duh... But really some weeks are pretty smooth and others (like this one) have me ready to pull my hair out!! I think part of it is now that Joseph is in 1st grade he gets alot more homework. And he's a little different than his older brothers; he learns different and not quite as fast. My older boys are very book smart and not very athletic...and Joseph is very athletic, but not as book smart (he's no dummy..he just doesn't pick up as fast). So, he is having a bit of trouble learning to read... he "can" read, but not very fluently and he has trouble comprehending what he just read. He is actually reading a little below grade level...which again is different for me because my older sons were always way above grade level.
FIRST, let me say this before I go on-- I am very big on letting kids be kids; now-a-days kids are pushed so hard and so fast and there not allowed to have fun and enjoy their childhood. So, I've always tried to reinforce that..you know, I tell them how important school is and always will be, yet at the same time remind them that they are still kids and they should enjoy these days (geez, before they know it they'll be adults with real jobs & real responsibilities).
With that being said, I do still push them to do the best they can...to try as hard as they can... So, back to Joseph--- because he is struggling with the reading, his teacher has sent home some new book programs to work on with him, in addition to his regular reading and homework!! That is why I say, sometimes things are just crazy for us. You know, we get home--I cook, clean up the kitchen (actually the boys clean the kitchen--and I just straighten up once they're done), give baths, dessert, homework & still try to have play/relaxing time with everyone before bed...and after the kids go to bed, then try to have some quality time with Joe.... Our nights are just full and now with this new, additional reading homework, it just adds an extra 45 minutes or so to my "work!! Don't get me wrong-- I love reading, I love to listen to the kids read and I love to help them learn; but it is just plain hard sometimes!!!
Wow--I just got exhausted reading all that...I swear sometimes as a mom I don't even realize how much I actually do...sometimes I think "how did I ever get through that day?" Anyone have any good suggestions on helping a struggling reader??
T.G.I.F... I'm ready for the weekend...we get to sleep in tomorrow morning, then have t-ball and then we are going to the new Super Target that was just built by us, which I am so excited about. The kids told me it's 2-stories, with escalators for the carts...wow!!! I will be in HOG HEAVEN!!! After all that yapping...... Happy Friday!!!
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