Jubilee (7) being stoic as I pose her in the cold February wind…just to have Avi (4) come and steal the limelight… I must admit, this was not the look I was going for, nor the image I had pictured in my head but I love it for the 100% genuineness of the photo.
Ah, Monday again. I have a new resolution, because what's a Monday without some kind of goal in mind? I have determined to make Mordecai my new priority in homeschooling. While I've had some late readers (Enoch and Kalina reading independently at 8) both had the mechanics down much earlier, and I knew in my gut that there wasn't a problem that time wouldn't solve. And I was right.
Mordecai is a different story. He hit all of his baby milestones right on time: rolling over, smiling, crawling, walking (despite missing toes on both feet). As he got old however, we noticed he had cognitive delays. He still couldn't put two words together at age 2 1/2. He had poor receptive language skills. He couldn't tell the difference between a boy and girl until age four and couldn't use the pronouns "he" and "she" appropriately until age 7.
Learning doesn't come nearly as easy for him. Two years ago, when he was five, we adopted his three older siblings from Liberia. These three did and do take up a huge portion of my one on one teaching time. It wasn't a big deal when he was five, but is more so now that he is 7 1/2. He doesn't not learn academics easily at this point. So, my new goal is to make his learning (basic math skills and reading) a priority. He gets me first.
I will keep you updated on our progress.