You have some free time and a rock so play "the fall of Constantinople" with your sisters.
After witnessing a meltdown while trying to work on a writing sample for our charter school teacher, we scheduled an appointment with an educational therapist for Thing 1. It was a bit difficult watching my eight year-old struggling with what sound a "J" makes or what letter comes after "T" especially when I remember her seeming to blaze through those kinds of games as a toddler.
It was also a bit disheartening to see how distracted she seems to get. Always wanting to tell stories or act out animals or go get her violin. Watching her I started wondering if it was something other than just excitement. After her session the therapist asked if she had ever been tested for attention problems. So we have another appointment to make (or at least something to discuss at her next check-up).
The biggest change, though, is the removal of her Hebrew class and lessons. The therapist feels that until Thing 1 gets a good foundation with English reading that adding in another language can just confuse her. The upside is that the therapist believes it won't take long for that foundation to be built.
All of this means I need to rein in my natural reflex to push ahead with all sorts of "reading games" and focus on doing what the therapist has given us to work on.
Have I been remiss in educating my daughters? I've never taught them how to make cootie catchers.
Thing 1 had her first violin lesson today and has taken to it with a passion. Tonight we headed off together to pick out her instrument.
I'm laying in bed with Thing 1 while she struggles to sleep on the worst day of her cold and the continuity of it hits me.
She cries after vomiting to dry heaves that she will never be able to eat again because it just keeps coming up. Mind you she had only vomited three times and continues to fight me on what to eat.
As I lay there calming her I tell her that Grandma always had us eat plain toast, crackers, rice, etc and drink fizzy drinks. She learned it from her mom who learned it from her mom and someday she (Thing 1) WI be snuggled up with her baby girl or boy and saying, "when I was a little girl, my Ima had me eat plain foods and drink fizzy water."