We have had such a great time the last several days. First, I have to say, that we have not had any tears for about 4 days now. Okay, well except for when Wendemagegn elbowed Beza when she grabbed something from him. But I’m not counting that. Each day they come out of their shell a little bit more.
We spent lots of time at the park last week but on Sunday they wanted to tackle their bikes that were a gift from Grammie and PaPa. I should mentioned that Noah has had a new bike sitting in the garage for about a year now. Our one or two attempts to teach him to ride (w/o training wheels) were short lived. He would get frustrated and quit. We didn’t push. I figured once Wendemagegn was doing it that would be all the motivation he would need.
Mark is an awesome teacher – I think that it should be a dad’s job. I was working with Beza and he had both the boys riding before I accomplished much of anything. Beza finally said “Mom, dad do it.” What’s a mom to do. They still need practice getting started and stopping – Wendemagegn tends to just kind of hop off his moving bicycle. No major injuries thanks to the protection MeeMaw brought over last week.
I was going to share pictures with you but taking pictures of wobbly kids on bikes is harder than it sounds and none of them turned out good. I will try again another day.
Today Noah and Natalie headed back to school and I sat down with Wendemagegn and Beza to do some school. Our main goal is really to assess where they are in their different skills so we know how ready they are for school. For the first day I just found some sites online with free printable worksheets. They sailed through the math sheets (W did double digit addition and subtraction).
I also found grade-level sight word lists and had them each go through those. Wendemagen aced the first and second grade list and only had about 6 words he stumbled over on the third grade list. I was very impressed. Beza only missed a couple on the first grade list and about 10 or so on the second grade list (out of about 50). So we will keep practicing those.
After snack and a little trampoline jumping (call it P.E.) we did a lesson in money. They did pretty good but definitely need some more work on that one. Luckily Ethiopia calls their coins “cents” so that helps a little. We also read the creation story, made a little book to help them remember what God created on what day and then worked on our memory verse for the week – Genesis 1:1.
They insisted that I grade each worksheet that they did, and when dad got home they were so proud to show him all of their work.
Mark picked up 3 comprehensive curriculum workbooks (first, second and third grade levels) that have worksheets for reading, reading comprehension, english, spelling and math. These will mean a lot less work for me hunting stuff down. So I’ve pulled about a dozen worksheets for tomorrow with some new concepts and we’ll see how they do with those.
Wendemagegn asked “We go to school tomorrow?” So I decided to break the news to them that they would have to get shots before school. They didn’t totally freak out which is good. They had to have their blood drawn at the embassy medical appointment in December – they told me that “Wendemagegn no cry, Beza cry”. So we talked about school some more and they said they want to go. I know at least that they are used to attending school and so I think it will be less overwhelming than something like going to church for the first time, but I still am wondering if they are really ready.
They came with me when I went to pick Noah and Natalie up from school this afternoon, but they just wanted to wait in the van with me and observe all the kids coming out, etc.
So on our to do list is getting shots and then seeing what the school wants to do about a placement test. They may determine that there are missing concepts that need to be learned before they can start or they may just be willing to take them “as is” and we’ll put in some overtime. Then we will need to decide when to start them.