Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Pizza Picnics

It is a JOY to my heart to have Zander and Stacia BEG for school.  We raced through table school to get back to Winne the Pooh and Zoology....and READING their I See Sam books to me. I love snuggling on the couch with these two.

They did seem to be a bit more motivated than usual. Our plan was to finish school quickly so we could meet the MOPS moms and kids at the park for pizza. Many of our MOPS moms left on voluntary this was the first time for us to be all together since March. It was great fun to see those who could make it again.

The day was bright and sunny. I thought a quick meeting with Anita and Tara would fit in well at the end of the MOPS picnic....and then I'd take the kids to the Base Beach at  Lake Ogawara for a swim. They  rushed through school, packed the park bag, and Arielle and Nolan even decided to join us. Our spirits were high!
All was going according to plan. Nolan was a hit with the pre-school boys. Arielle was reuniting with some of her MOPS kids....I was having a great time with mommies....

Tara arrived and we set about mapping out our needs for our new Children's Ministry Coordinator.  We got a lot done...but alas, it began to sprinkle. Not much....but heavier and heavier...then THUNDER and lightening. Even *I* had to admit it wouldn't be the best idea to go swimming. I love swimming in the ocean during a storm. We are going to MISS not being able to swim in our ocean this year.

A trip to the library for some rainy day movies provided a bit of consolation.

I found another granola recipe to try...and chicken soup is simmering. I'll go make the dumplings and call it dinner....Arielle's request.

Akiko san is coming over tonight. Always a fun time and we've not been able to connect since coming home from the states.

I have no clue what that photo has to do with anything - except I found it when googling for a pizza photo....can you IMAGINE? What is that? I think I need to try to make one....without the bacon, of course....

With the exception of Tuesday, I've kept to my 1 - 2 hour a day on local PWOC boundary...and I'm getting lots done home AND with local PWOC.  Restructuring has been a grand experiment.

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Lisa in Jax said...

I'm really glad to hear that I See Sam is working for you. We love those books too. :)

It's great to catch up with you again.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Lisa - do you use this alone or with something else? I'm relying on the fact that they'll get all they need as we work through the series...but in the back of my mind wondering if I should pull out "Teach Your Child" to go along with it. I have them doing Explode the Code for a bit of table work and review. What do you think?

Lisa in Jax said...

Truthfully, I use it differently with each

How fast are they reading through the books? Do they review the previous books or are they in it just to get ahead? Are they having trouble sounding out the words in each book?

Two of my kids just needed these books. For one thing, it is a spiral review method. They are going to see the same words for at least 4-5 books and only receive 2 or so new words every two books so, if they are working through these books, reading them at least two times each, you should be able to catch any words or phonics rules they are having trouble with. Then you can pull out the ETC books for those areas.

I have one child who was only in it to get to the next book. This one came to a point that he/she wasn't ready for the next book. For this one, I had to suppliment with other books and I also used a workbook on the rules that this one needed review in.

So I'd say if they are reading each book and eager for the next, they will be just fine. :)