Friday, January 30, 2015

Homeschooling.

Believe me, I never thought I would be a homeschool mom. Never ever.
For me it was pretty simple, Claire would go to school, would "Enjoy" school and be a great student. No way I would homeschool, and I think that everybody around me was thinking the same, "they are NOT going to homeschool".

She went to school, she was ahead of her classmates in reading and then... she started to show stress. She started to have nightmares and throw up in the mornings before school (amazingly, after the school bus went by she was all better!!!!!), her behavior was changing, she was sad (she would sit down and stare to nothing) and that sparkle in her eyes... :( She would come home so tired, so frustrated.. (in her case, there was another kid telling her he would kill her and her family).

I prayed so many times about it, I thought I was over reacting, I thought I was going crazy - was I the only one being concerned about my daughter?
The answer came around Christmas time, when my husband, who was against homeschool, told me that maybe this was the right thing. Then my dad (and bestie) told me it was ok. Then my in laws. I was like "WOW".
For us, it was the best thing we did. As a family, as a mom, I feel like 100% sure it is the right decision.
As I am typing, I am also thinking that there is a huge road ahead of me (as a mom) but I am not alone.

 xoxo

Ana

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reading



As my husband's family grew up without a television, they love books. I love to read, but I'm very particular with my books (can't read this, don't like that)...
I never enjoy siting down and reading to someone else (I know...I know...) but when Claire learned, I did enjoy reading with her, making sure she was reading!
We have lots of books and I'm glad my kids enjoy reading.
Of course, Savannah likes to see "number" books.
Claire never liked dolls, so her books were more about animals, birds (thanks to the creators of the RIO movie), and now, dinossaurs, barbies and girly books.

One thing I learned, our routine in the evening (ok, since new years and 3 weeks with the whole family fighting the flu, there is no routine in this house) is laying down and reading 1, 2 books.
Claire is very creative and I believe that books have a lot do with it. She uses her imagination, next day she usually plays the story she read..
She still watches tv, but I'm very glad she enjoy books too :)

Make sure you buy books according to their age and with their interest topic. I'm sure it will make a lot of difference.
If your child is struggling with the reading book from school (if your kid is learning to read), one thing I did with Claire was covering the picture and only allowing her to see the picture after she read the sentence. Of course many times I helped her. :) It worked and she was one of the best readers in her class. ;)








Enjoy the reading ;)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We are BACK!

Wow, few years since my last post on Tropical Momma, tried different blogs but it wasn't the same thing!
I am a newbie Homeschool Mom, and life seems chaotic sometimes. Will be posting about our routine, our daily life, recipes, family activities, recipes, you name it :D
We are right now packing our stuff to move (waited 7 years to move back to my first town in Canada), trying to keep my mind healthy, keeping children busy (right now the oldest one is enjoying some time with grandma), and I am having my lunch break.
Becoming a homeschool mom is sure a good challenge, but I find myself enjoying the tasks with her. ;)
I hope you enjoy the blog and thanks for stopping by! :)