Pride and Parrots
Today was a pretty normal day! Bunny did more parrot work and Pup did some more counting! Bunny is working really hard on a whole new parrot book and has been looking at a whole bunch of new parrots! Here are some pages in the book. I told her that we should let it go unbound for a bit in case she has some new ones she would like to add later!
Later on, Bunny and I read one of the little books we made. She did a great job and is really getting better with her sounding out! She is starting to gain a bit more confidence in that. However, today she was skip counting by 5s and missed a few numbers. I pointed it out to her and she broke down crying say that I am never proud of her! What?!?! I wasn’t sure what made she say that, and I told her of course that I was so proud of her and I asked when she thought I was proud of her. She said that she didn’t know, and I am not sure what to do. I don’t praise her all the time, but I do tell her when she has done a good job. Has any of you had a moment like this? What did you do? I want her to know and feel that I am proud of her even when she makes mistakes. I guess she doesn’t feel that and I feel awful that I have failed her in this. Ugh! I really am not sure what to do! Poor Bunny. She is my first and I feel like I am constantly experimenting with her! If anyone has any good, positive advise I would love to hear it. Ahhhh….Parenting is so tricky some times!
Today I did show her how counting by fives can help her with telling time! This idea came from my friend over at Mi Escuelita Montessori! It is a really wonderful idea!
Another thing that has become an interesting interest that has popped up is that Pup is loving Flamingos! Yes there is a tropical bird thing sweeping my house! I really don’t know what that is all about. So I printed off the FREE Flamingo cards from Montessori Print Shop! Bunny was so kind to take the pictures of the work to show you all! Yes I am raising bloggers! 😉
Pretty good pictures huh?
SO that is what is happening here! Tomorrow I am hoping to get up to the “big” library. It is the biggest and main library in our library system. It is two stories and HUGE! I have tried to get there for the last few days,so we will see! If not, we will work on some more school work and get outside! I hope your week is going well! Happy Schooling!
My Boys' Teacher
April 18, 2012 @ 4:09 pm
Ack! I don’t know if I have any advice, my kids don’t do that. Only about violin a little. For the first couple of violin lessons they thought their teacher was “angry” with them all the time because he was correcting them all the time. I had them observe me teach a flute lesson (they hear them in the background all the time, but don’t necessarily take in what’s happening) so they could see that I correct MY students all the time too. That’s what they pay me for! He knows well when I am and am not angry so he was able to realize that someone can make a correction without being angry. Bunny wasn’t talking about angry though but rather proud.
One thing we do around here that might be making a difference is that we cheer for each other when something is done partly right. Kal-El was demonstrating skip counting backwards by sixes in the car and missed 24, like always, then he says “how was that Mommy!” I might cheer “Wow! You only missed one number! That was fun!” Maybe if you change the wording of your corrections to something like “Wow! You only missed two numbers! I’m so proud of you! I’m excited to hear you try it again sometime!”
Another thing I’ve done since they were young is take lots of opportunities to say things like “That was hard work but a lot of fun!” or “What a great challenge!” and “Wow, we didn’t get it right the first time but it is fun to work hard.” I know, I’m a dork. But, I have a weird paranoia about raising hard working kids.
I will throw in a note of commiseration though and tell you that I made Kal-El repeat a measure of his violin music ten times yesterday. Then, when he added it to the rest of the phrase and he botched it again. So, I asked him to repeat it another ten times. He did, then stomped his foot, made a horrible face and said, “Now YOU have totally ruined MY day and you are the WORST mommy ever!” I didn’t care, I was just glad he waited until after the extra ten reps before insulting me! How VERY un-Montessori of me!
As always, LOVE your blog. Keep writing! I was SOOO sad when Bunny lost her tooth. Downright depressed. I just want them to stay little!
April 25, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
Super week as always!!! Love the Flaming booklet!!! And so happy you make the clock work!!! tHANKS FOR THE LINK!!! Big Hugs!!