I'm going to try to keep this light-hearted.
Reece is going through a phase. A thing. A funk. It started around the time of her surgery, so I hope it's related to that. Which means that it will go away soon. She is being destructive. So far, in the last 2 days, she has destroyed 2 rolls of toilet paper (by unraveling them in her bedroom); Riley's doll bed (by taking it apart piece by piece); our globe (by sticking it with velcro tape and then trying to pull the tape off); the countertop (writing on it with pen). There is more, but I think that gives a good sampling. She's 5 and a half, folks. I should be able to school her siblings, or have a rest time, and expect that she won't destroy something in the process. She's also telling everyone that she "can't do ______" whether it be dance class, or drawing, or really anything. She says she's the worst girl ever. I can't begin to describe how this makes me feel. Austin has done this since he was about this age. I really thought we would miss this because of the therapy that we started so much earlier with her.
School stuff has gone well, it's just been hard because of all this other stuff with Reece. We are still really enjoying our Ambleside readings! I gave the kids more responsiblity for the readings on their own this week, and they seem to be doing quite well with it. They did complain that they miss me reading everything aloud, but I told them that they need to start reading more of their own school books! :) Charlotte says so. Ok, I didn't say that part, but I did tell them that it was time for them to do more of their own reading. It also helps with the competition that comes at narration time. Austin's thinking right now is still so black-and-white that if Riley narrates something different, he thinks his is wrong, no matter how I try to tell him differently. It's sort of the "I'm the worst kid ever", 11 year old version. So if they are reading silently, they can do narrations with me alone. I have been assigning 15 minutes at a time, but I think next week I think I'm going to assign chapters, because they are reading at different rates and it's hard to keep up with where everyone is in each book.
I'm going to go ahead and publish this... I'm trying to type this and participate in the RDI Webinar and it's not working! I hope this makes some sense! :)