Saturday, April 27, 2013

Reading, Riding and Rithmetic (at least subtraction)

So we are blessed with children who love books.  They love to be read to and are both loving the idea of being able to read, pointing out letters and guessing what the words are.  Today, Joseay read me a book, making up the entire story herself.  Of course the book had nothing to do with her story, but that is where we are hanging out right now.

Joseay has been riding her bike well for a year or so, but just last week week, I went for a run for the first time with her riding her bike.  Me pushing her up some of the bigger hills but her doing everything else. Braking, steering, staying to the side when there was a car.  It was great fun.  It felt like she was about 10 years old which is, I am convinced, how old she thinks she is.

Brown did a great first the other day as well.  We were eating manicotti and he had it all cut into pieces on his plate.  He counted “1,2,3,4,5,6.  Ok, now I take away one,” as he put one in his mouth “and then there are 1,2,3,4,5.  He was so proud of himself.  I think he suddenly got the idea of subtrction.  It was really cool to see it happen.  So then he took another bite.  And said 5 take away one is 1,2,3,4.  Then he took another bite and without even looking said 3.  Took another bite and said 2.  Another then 1.  After taking the last bite, he held up his thumb and first finger in the shape of a zero.  He was so excited, his cheeks were full and we all cheered as he finally began to chew that mass of manicotti in his mouth.

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