It's the middle of the night. I woke up about something, and was immediately wide awake.
:) Here's what you get.
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Maddie gets sassy. Not because she's emotional... just because she has all these large (everyone is bigger than her, including the dog), volatile people around her. So once in a while she'll shout, Just Because. She doesn't mean it, really, she's just doing it for fun. It's most amusing.
(That's not to say that she doesn't shout when she means it, too, mind you.)
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Like all unschooled kids (and others that are happily learning to read) Trev is more and more interested in reading things -anything!- around him.
Voluntary things (born strictly out of inquisitiveness) that are steadfastly bringing him to the official title of Reader.
Yesterday we were sitting on the couch -not reading, just talking- and he came up with, "Mom.... 'night' has a g in it. That doesn't make sense! It looks like niggt."
"Yup. Lots of words are spelled that way. Sight, right..."
And on our conversation went about the strangeness of things like 'through' and 'laugh'....
It amazes me, this natural process of reading. Never once have we sat down with the rules, never have I said, "Okay, 'o w' says 'ow', (because it doesn't always) and we've never discussed that 'don't' is don't, and not dont", etc. Yet he knows. Just by being read to, he knows.
It's so amazing! Yet again I think that schools are just a way to keep one on the straight and narrow... something that tries to mimic a life well lived.
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Lately when I think on our days in an assessing way, or when in my mornings I have time before the babes awake to think about cool ideas and places that I want to share with them, I think in terms of "Discover" and "Create".
This seems to be my measuring stick, lately.
Not that I necessarily want to (or do) judge or grade every day or moment, but under the natural conditions of "I'm a Mama, and I get to help these babes prepare for a happy, fulfilled life" it seems that these two categories are my preferred Subjects.
If our days contain a single Discovery, and/or we have Created something, then I am satisfied.
And if you really look, most moments in a child's life are about one or the other.
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I feel happy it's May. That means lots of steady mild temperatures and an open front door in the middle of the night. Like now, for instance.
....The birds are beginning to wake up, now. Time to decide if it's gonna be Sleep or Up....