In the early morning I feed the boys breakfast and immediately afterwards Leto begins his school work. Here he is doing his phonics/reading/writing assignments. Leto’s in kindergarten (he’s 4.5 years old). He has learned a lot and I get to work on things longer with him one on one in a way he wouldn’t receive if he were in a classroom setting. When he has a struggle with an area, I get to help him understand it. Really his only issue is that he sometimes confuses reading a b for a d (he writes them fine). All I have to do is say, “no” and he quickly corrects himself saying, “I mean [word]”. I have been asked by a couple people what I do with Micah while I teach Leto. Most of the time he is right there next to his brother, just observing (and learning too). He tends to color for a long time (and in the lines, which is impressive for a near-3 year old, I think). Other times he enjoys being alone and building things (since he doesn’t get a lot of alone time other than at that time). You’ll see he built a parking lot one morning. Sometimes he’ll sit on my lap or I’ll hold him as I teach his brother (he’s not antsy while I do these things, he just is a mush who likes affection).
After lunch they have nap-time which lasts any time between an hour to four hours (which is when I do ballet and watch a movie – sometimes at the same time)! They are pretty used to being on a set schedule. Some days they don’t nap in which they are put into bed earlier than on the days they’d nap.
When they wake from their nap (depending on the time) we’ll have a snack. Our favorite is to have popcorn together (which I make from an air-popper). While the popcorn is waiting to be popped they spin around and around on the floor as the air popper spins. They imitate the machine every time I put it on.
I melt some butter
And put it on the delicious popcorn
And we all sit down to eat it.
In case you are wondering what goes on the rest of the day, they play a LOT with one another. They have tons of fun and are really creative and imiginative. We don’t have any T.V. channels which seems very weird to many people. When I was a child I sat for hours in front of a Television and stopped watching completely once I was about 9 years old. It is nice to not have that extra distraction. I’ve found that a lot of parents seem to try to keep their kids calm by putting on a T.V. in front of their child so they don’t really have to “deal with them” as much. I think that is ridiculous and they’re missing out on teaching and learning with their children. I do let my boys watch something once in a while (yesterday Leto asked to watch Toy Story, so I put it on for them when they woke from their nap, and that was all they watched all day). They have gone through full weeks without watching anything at all. I have fun talking and playing with these two guys, and sure sometimes it gets frustrating, but really they’re pretty obedient and well behaved and extremely happy kids. I think it’s because their mom and dad pay attention to them and they know they are loved because we give them so much of our time.