My Gratitude List
~ Despite OCD-related setbacks, Peter managed to read 100 chapter books this year. He can read anything I put in front of him now, with help on the heftiest vocabulary words.
~ Starting the year a reluctant but advanced reader, Paul now loves chapter books and reads more than I assign, with the Magic Tree House series still captivating him.
~ Paul developed a deeper love of art, inspired me to invest in art books, and changed our family forever. I have art-lovin' kids now who never tire of creating.
~ Though the multiplication facts are still not memorized, Peter is stronger in all other areas of math, thanks to Teaching Textbooks.
~ Peter has made great strides in spelling sight words conventionally.
~ Starting the year with atrocious handwriting, Peter can now print nicely, though his lettering is still larger than average.
~ Paul taught himself to write in cursive, saving me a load of work.
~ Peter knows a vast amount about nature and could easily write a nature book for grade-schoolers. He doesn't know it yet, but that will be one of his fourth-grade projects.
~ Both boys, thanks to heftier Christmas-pageant roles, can speak well in public.
~ Thanks to Compassion International and our correspondence, my boys know how third-world living standards compare to the first, and what the Bible says about our responsibility to the poor.
~ The boys know how to plant and care for a vegetable garden without adult assistance.
~ Both boys have learned to organize themselves well, thanks to simple charts.
~ Though the year started with some jealousy between the boys, it's ending with them accepting each other's struggles and triumphs.
~ Despite my chasing a two-year-old out of cupboards and drawers all year, the boys made more than a year's progress, by the grace of God. It's all by the grace of God!
~ Both boys know that an education is only a library, and a computer, away. Our county spends $9200 per pupil. I spent less than $100 per pupil, plus $70 for tomorrow's portfolio review appointment.