We have been having some really nice days in Arkansas lately. It's still warm enough to enjoy being outside but not totally hot. One afternoon we decided to take school outside on a blanket in the back yard.
Jackson works so much better when he's not being forced to sit down. If he can stand, hop, lay down, basically anything to keep from sitting completely still, he is much better off.
We had a major victory this week. Jackson read for the first time! At the advice of a friend we ordered a set of Bob books. These are a set of 12 easy readers. They start off with a couple of book containing only 3 letters. We've been working on letter sounds for several weeks and I really wanted to see if he could apply that in a practical way. He did great! He read two of the books. It was slow but he was so proud of himself. I got to watch that light bulb come in inside of him. He gained a lot of confidence in himself too.
It is the coolest thing to be able to watch your kid, especially one that has struggled, get something.
It gave me a renewed sense of purpose when it comes to homeschooling. It's amazing how God does things like that. I think it was the day before that I had a mini breakdown to Jordan about being a horrible parent/ teacher, our kids aren't going to learn anything kind of deal. Those are hard moments, especially when you know God has called you to do this but you totally feel inadequate.
I also think it's God's way to get me to depend on him. He brings me to situations where I know I can't continue on without Him. It's pretty cool to sit back and watch how it has unfolded now that I'm on the other side of it.