This week I have noticed that Jamie seems to be gradually improving in several areas. I had increased his b-complex to a full tablet a couple days ago. I still have to use a little “tough love” to get him to take it, as in making him drink the crushed tablet in juice before he can have breakfast. But he is getting used to taking it every morning anyway, and I have seen some positive changes. He is fighting a little less during the transition from play to homeschool activities. His focus and attention are much better.
Jamie is doing very well reading the “floating notes” in his piano book and playing them with fairly accurate timing. That is, he is playing the half notes and quarter notes shown in the music more accurately than in previous weeks. He is picking up the new songs more easily, and seems to be doing a better job reading the music instead of trying to play by ear or memorize the pattern of the song if there is one. I’m really glad I chose to start piano with him. I thought with his fondness of music he would take to it, it’s nice to be right sometimes, LOL. I don’t really know much about piano, but I’m having good luck using The Music Tree beginner book to teach him.
Jamie is also focusing longer on math and handwriting. Today he even asked to do more math after I had done one page with him and was satisfied that it was enough. He wanted to bring out “decimal street” and build numbers on it. This is something unique to the Math-U-See books. Once we finished that and moved onto handwriting, he asked to write the number 10 after we had practiced what I had prepared for today. We are using Handwriting Without Tears for that. Usually I don’t have him write in the workbook, but just on the magnetic “slate” and the little chalkboard one. He is now doing better writing in the book, which is a good sign. I know that writing on the chalkboard is using more of the large muscles of the arm, while writing in the workbook uses the small muscles of the hand more.
Samuel is coming along with the potty training too. He actually told me he needed to go yesterday, and had a BM in the potty instead of on the floor or in his training pants. He is getting very independent, he actually told me to “Get out” after he sat down. LOL.