It's been a busy week of swim lessons and home school.
The kids have swims lessons each morning Monday through Friday, and we stay in the pool extra time for fun. I believe it has tired them out. My son professed he is actually burnt out on swimming.
On the other hand, Annie began the week crying through her swim lessons and now she smiles through them. Her teacher was very patient about her crying. She did not baby Annie. She only reassured her. The teacher also made Annie do all the swimming activities even though she crying. Annie finally realized she was just going to have to suck it up, because she wasn't getting out of it.
For the past two weeks Kristiana and I have been working on her Kindergarten materials for an hour each day. In that hour, we work on religion, reading, nursery rhyme memorization, writing and art and math. It sounds like a lot, but it's pretty low key. I teach her a lesson and then I ask her to demonstration her knowledge of the lesson. If she cannot demonstrate, then that day we spend more time on it.
A lot of the time, Kristiana seems a bit ADD to me. It's a struggle to get her to focus on one thing. She does not learn very well by just listening. In fact, she does not even acknowledge being called, very well. Sometimes I have to yell very loudly before she acknowledges being addressed.
If I can occupy her hands, then I can often get her attention better. Sometimes I draw what we will talk about and ask her to color it while I teach her the lesson. Today, I started thinking up hand motions for her religion lesson. I am going to call her a tactile learner. I do not know if this is just her age or her method of learning. She also talks non-stop from morning to night. She often talks herself to sleep at night. She's also very creative and artistic.
I have a feeling Kristiana did not accomplish much this year in her lessons because she has a special learning style that I need to grasp and put in order for her. But, since I have been able to work with her one-on-one without interruption for the past two weeks it has felt more like it was with my son. Kristiana has made big progress. Now I need to figure out how to do this with more than just one.
This is our favorite book for Kristiana right now, "Draw, Write, Now." Alex did no like it as much. He's not the artist type.
Mno Hiya Lyta!