I just had a somewhat frustrating reading session with Soren. Nothing too terrible honestly, the child is learning to read at a steady pace, but he keeps completely ignoring the words printed in front of him and just makes stuff up. I know that all kids do that to an extent, but he seems to be taking it to an extreme. And not because he can’t read the words either, just because he can’t be bothered actually looking at them. Maybe he needs glasses or something.
I think I just feel guilty about his reading. I can’t help thinking that it’s because I was so depressed and completely checked out of his schooling that he’s not learning to read as quickly and easily as the others did. I mean, he really didn’t get the reinforcement and practice at home that kids need for quite a long chunk of time this year. I also feel bad that maybe it’s just because he’s the fourth child and we’re too slack now.
Then of course I read what I’m writing and just roll my eyes at myself, because Soren’s reading is perfectly fine! He does need practice, but he’s not falling behind or anything. This isn’t something I need to be overly concerned about. Just keep on doing his readers with him and go back to practising his rainbow words and wait for it all to click for him.
I did all my Indo prep today. I’m getting a bit quicker at whipping up some worksheet activities! The preps are still doing food and I thought I’d mix it up by introducing some animals to them, so I’ve got a page with animals down one side and foods down the other and they’ll have to draw a line connecting the animal to its food. Grade 1s are going to make up word searches with their animal words and then swap them around to do them, Grade 2s are still doing food so we’re doing an unscramble the word, Grade 3s are doing prepositions (which they will have forgotten, we’ll go over them again and then they can draw and illustrate them in their books).
For grade 4-6 I thought I’d introduce them to google translate. I want them to see that learning a language is about so much more than just direct translations of words- you need to understand the different meanings and nuances of words and sentences to make it flow. Google translate is awesome, but if they think they need never learn a language because they can just translate everything via that then they’re going to have to think again. What I’ll get them to do is just type a little paragraph into it in English, have it translated to Indonesian, then cut and paste it and translate it back to English and see what they get. They can try writing in different styles or about different topics and see what comes up. I think they’ll find it interesting, and it’s a pretty good point for them to make. Since their computers are limited I guess they’ll do that in pairs, and the other kids can play bingo while they wait for a turn.
I went on the treadmill today. I know, I was shocked too. Really, I’m kind of surprised the thing still works after aeons of neglect, but it does. So I guess I’m back to trying to get some actual, quantifiable exercise into my life. I have no great hopes for success, but that’s no reason not to try again.