Do you feel that you hear "I can't" out of your children too much? I definitely do. Why do kids think that you are going to believe them when they say they can't do something that you have seen them do multiple times? Kids will always me a mystery no matter how many you have in your home or have been around.
D has been potty trained for like a year and a half. We have stools in each bathroom she uses so she can reach the toilet on her own. Yet the girl still insists that I help her get on the potty because she can't do it by herself. When I am super busy or she is in a "I can do anything by myself" attitude she goes to the bathroom by herself. I have no idea how to get her away from wanting my help. There are times that she even recruits P to help her when I am busy.
Oh, and the other big one out of the queen of I Can't is with the dog. Every time the dog is bugging her, granet the dog is bigger than her, D whines to me and has me tell the dog what to do. When I tell her that she needs to tell the dog herself so the dog will listen to her, what do I hear, "I can't". She can whine to me but she can't tell the dog to stop doing something. Roxy, the dog, usually listens to D so I don't see what the problem is.
We all dream that someday we won't hear those words as often.
So today we had library and grocery shopping day. It really wasn't too bad today other than I kept forgetting things and having to walk back to the isles we were already at. The kids were able to sit in the cart and play on their iPads since we didn't need a whole lot of groceries. One of the apps that D was playing is one that she has liked for a long time, ABC Reading Writing Practice. This app I think has really taught her how to write. The kids can pick the colors they want to write in. It has uppercase, lowercase, and number writing practice. There are also mini games to help learn letter names and sounds. One of the best free apps ever!
We all did our own thing when we got home. When it was time to make dinner I recruited D to help me. P used to like to help in the kitchen, now he just wants nothing to do with it other than eat it, boys. We cut crescent roll dough triangles in half long ways and then rolled a meatball in them. Just bake it per the directions of the crescent rolls and serve with marinara sauce. I did the cutting and D did the rolling, she was having fun.
I am beginning to think that posting everyday is getting repetitive for you readers! It is getting repetitive for me also. If there is anything you would want to hear about please leave a comment or contact me under the All About Me tab. There really isn't too much I can change in our routine right now because of the cold weather and all the snow has turned to ice. We also try not to go out of the house too many days, the kids would rather stay home instead of being too busy, which is nice.
The day has gone as usual with iPad games and the kids randomly playing pretend games. Sometimes when the kids are playing on their iPads they go through so many games it is hard to keep track. They are always deleting and installing different games, usually from games they have already played. The kids know that they can only download games that are free or are already on the cloud.
This morning P was playing his Littlest Pet Shop game while D was watching a Strawberry Shortcake show. P then played a Turbo Fast game and D played with her Princess dolls. She has her favorite, Aurora, and my favorite, Ariel. They both then proceeded to play a Strawberry Shortcake bake shop game on their iPads. P switched to Angry Birds and Angry Bird Star Wars on his iPad. D grabbed the LeapPad and played some Princess music to dance to. That girl loves to dance. When she was finished dancing we both listened to the princess music and played Hi-Ho Cherry-O. D got out the Chinese checkers and all three of us played. D can't sit through a game like that yet to the finish so P and I ended up finishing the game while D relaxed in her chair. After Chinese checkers I built a fort in the living room for the kids to play in while I went and did my stuff. They love playing in forts but the living room fort can only stay up while the dog is put away, otherwise it gets wrecked within minutes. There has been a fort in P's room for the kids to sleep in for at least a month I believe.
P read Batman: Dawn of the Dynamic Duo and did some addition practice with the Math Fact Master App for his learning activities that he is to do daily.
D played Disney Junior on her computer in the fort. P played Super Hero Squad on his computer and Sonic Colors on his 3DS in the fort. The kids then played Mario Cart Wii together. Dad usually jumped in and helped D out a little since she falls behind. The kids disappeared into their bedrooms for awhile and played together. When they came down they brought a remote control car and was racing it around making up their own games.
We ended the day by cleaning up the school room floor and the living room since making a fort left a mess. D leaves a mess all around all the time also so this helped catching up on that mess too. Then we watched Super Hero Squad and played on our iPads. The kids are now in bed watching shows on their iPads.
The past few days we took some lazy sick days. P and I were a little under the weather and feeling lazy. We have been playing card games, iPad games, and watching TV mostly. Here is a list of some things we have been playing (that I can remember anyway):
Dog Eat Hot Dog
Littlest Pet Shop
Math Fact Master
Angry Birds Star Wars
PBS Kids Video
Super Hero Squad
Angry Bird Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
Super Hero Squad
Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom
Barbie: I Can Be...A Pet Vet
Spider-man versus Venom
On Saturday my mother-in-law came over for a good part of the day. The kids enjoy that because they are able to play games with someone other than mom.
I was being too lazy to mark down what we were doing for the past few days! Usually I either make a list or I work on the blog throughout the day. I am going to work harder at this so I can keep up with our lives.
Take a step into the life of Auer (pronounced like our) homeschool. We are a family that likes to learn through life experiences. We would like to share our experiences so maybe we can make a difference in the lives of others. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook to get the smaller activities that go on that don't always make it to the blog.
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