Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
We've been home with our Ethiopian children for 3 weeks now. And I'm feeling the pressure. Pressure I didn't think I would be feeling so heavy at only 3 weeks home... Academic pressure!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
It's been a little quiet here for a while. I'm sorry. We got word that we were leaving for Ethiopia and it's been a whirlwind ever since.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I am convinced we will never truly be prepared, but it doesn't hurt to try. Check out a few of the things I've been getting ready:
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Needing to make room and simplify in our house. I have a stack of these super-cute t-shirts that are begging for a real home of their own. :) Maybe yours?
Friday, August 13, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Adoption creates a tricky ESL situation, because it's a subtractive ESL situation, they're essentially losing their native language while learning a new one. Typically ESL situations are additive, meaning the native language is still spoken at home, and is used as kind of a scaffolding to learn the new language.
Please help me out in the comments section with any ESL tips you might have!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Being a first-time Mom has been an eye-opening experience for me. For the past five years I've been teaching other people's children to love reading, and encouraging other parents to foster a love of reading in their children. Now, I'm seeking to do the same thing within my own family. With my own child.
- We have books everywhere. In every room. If they're there, your child will want to read them.
- We read at bedtime and nap time. At least. If we read at no other point during the day (which is hard to do if you have books in every room in your house), we have these guaranteed built-in reading times every day. And Isaac looks forward to them.
- We limit TV time. I always said I wasn't going to let my kids watch any TV before they were two. That didn't happen. But we only let Isaac watch a small amount of TV a day. And honestly, some of his TV watching has lead to extra reading excitement.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
- These mothers seemed to be using the library as a playroom for their kids to romp around in with no direction (or supervision it seemed), so they could socialize.
- I don't know what was more rude, the loud obnoxious kids, or the loud obnoxious parents.
- How sad to see these moms at the library with their kids, but not actually sharing the experience with their kids, or helping to guide and enhance the experience for their children.
- My son is 2 yrs. old and of course wanted to join in on the chaos that he was witnessing. Ugh! Now I have to deprogram him. (He did calm down once these families cleared out and headed home.)
- The chaos in the children's room made it nearly impossible to browse for books. We had to kind of hang back till they left.
- To borrow books, of course. A variety of reading materials!
- To hear stories. (Sometimes we make it to story time.)
- To show Isaac the joy of discovering new books. (Look at all these books!)
- To help develop new interests in Isaac. (What fun new things can we read about?)
- To foster his interests that are already present. (Right now he's loving Dolphins!)
- To have a good time. (Getting out of the house is always fun!)
- To learn how the library works. (What's the library for, how to find what you're looking for at the library, etc.)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
... It works! I know, I have talked about this before, but it bears repeating. And it has been proving itself an effective strategy for encouraging reading time and time again in our house.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
These shelves kind of turned this little area into a reading nook. I love that! Now I have ideas for enhancing this nook's coziness. :)