I have spent so much time talking about reading and phonics and oh my word, I have worn my own self out thinking and talking and typing about it, so I have decided to show you some other parts of Ada. Her strengths, if you will. The things about homeschool that are going well. Because, at the end of the day, I really am so thankful that we are doing this.
Ever the artist, she also loves to put together outifts, accessories, etc. etc. She loves to put on fashion shows, and her combinations are crazy. The other day she layered two dresses, and when I asked her why she chose those two dresses, she said because it was two different patterns. We weren't going anywhere that day, so I gave her free reign with it.
And she loves actual art, as in drawing, painting, "sculpting" with play-doh. I am impressed that she has realized on her own to try to copy things when she draws. The other day, I found her sitting in front of the mirror drawing a self portrait. And below is her drawing that she did from her copy work. (For handwriting, I have her copy sentences from books that she can read. To make it more fun for her, she is allowed to copy the picture as well--her idea, not mine).
Excuse the can of pringles in the background, Scott keeps pointing out to me that I need to "observe the background" before I take a picture.
And lastly, photography by Ada. John, after baths and ready for bed, reading some of our new books from the library book sale today. I got a bag full of books for 3.50. I mean, lots of good books, Little House on the Prairie, Box Car children, and others, for 3.50!! I am a bit of a book hoarder, though, so I probably need to stop going to these book sales.
I am trying to see Ada as who God created her to be rather than who I imagined her to be. I was also reminded this past week from a friend that Ada is only five--I don't really know what kind of student she is going to be, she's five. So, I am praying for wisdom and discernment as I try to encourage Ada in the areas where God has already strengthened her, and as I encourage her to always do her very best, but not require her to be something that she isn't. Right now, she is an emerging reader--who knows what that will look like in a few years--but here we are, and I have got to calm down about it!!!