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Reading level and a moment of motherly pride...

Ok, I'm quote here from an Australian forum, and a teacher who has just written a set of guides for her school regarding literacy levels here in Victoria...

Just put this together for my school... thought it might be of interest NB These are very general indications only and will vary from (school to school and) child to child. In no way is it recommended that children be restricted to this table. It may well be that a child in Year 6 has a reading age of 9.5 in Prep. It may also be that a child in year 4 has a reading age of 7.5. Nothing here is set in stone and the table is given as a very general overview and guide to how the grades, reading levels, ages and titles in the PM Library align with one another.

Grade: K- Prep PM Reading Levels: 1 - 6
Grade:1; PM Reading Levels: 7 - 12
Grade:2; PM Reading Levels: 13
Grade:2; PM Reading Levels: 14
Grade:2; PM Reading Levels: 15; "Reading Age": 6.5
Grade:2; PM Reading Levels: 16; "Reading Age": 7.0
Grade:2; PM Reading Level…

Ooh, Baby, baby...

Now, before anyone gets excited, the following is an OVULATION test, not a pregnancy test. This one is boardering on positive (the two lines need to be as dark as each other, or the test line (on the left) should be darker than the control line). As my temp didn't rise enough this morning to indicate ovulation, I'm considering this test from yesterday to be negative, but certainly, I'm getting close to ovulation...


The following two pictures are for the benefit of people who are curious about the girl drink I'm taking...





Appetizing, isn't it? I mix on scoop of this stuff with 250ml of skim milk, and a couple of table spoons of yogurt (which was Dave's suggestion to make it taste better)... The colour of the powder is because of the cranberries that are obviously dried and crush to make the powder.

I'm getting used to the drink, but it won't be something I'll miss when I can stop taking it, hahaha!

I'm off to the Dr's this morning to organis…

Blogging marathon...

This is just to let you know I've posted the following FIVE posts today - so much stuff to record, it took five posts... Especially wanted to highlight the boys school concert - I think that's the third post :)...

Bits and pieces, again...

OMG! I was soooo excited to take this photo! May I introduce to you, my son, the NOVEL reader!!! This is Erik's new thing. He started bringing home novels because he was embarrassed that he friends were reading them and he was still only reading readers. He started out just looking at the picture, but now he's actually READING the novels! Whoo hoo!

Here are a few of Erik's lego creations...







Bryn playing with his leaning tower of Piza...

Luey joined him...

The round pieces of the tower are great for spinning like coins, hahaha!

Colour stacking experiment...

Luey was DYING to try this water stacking experiment at home. Luckily all you need is food dye, a clear straw, some salt and some water in glassess... The first glass/colour, should have no salt. The next should have half as much salt as the third glass. That way the colours won't mix in the straw...

Here is Erik demonstrating how you stack water...





We discovered it helps to have different levels of water in the glasses, with the lowest level in the first glass you're collecting water from, and the highest in the last. This allows the water to rise to a higher level in the straw with each colour.







Junior Class Concert...

The boys had their first ever school concert on Wednesday night... It was quite a way from home (for those people who don't drive like us) and it was raining on the day, and pick up from school was traumatic, involving waiting in the rain for 30 minutes because the school busses returning the kids from their practice were 45 minutes delayed... So, for a while there I thought we wouldn't make it to the concert at all. But we did manage to get there, and it was a great night...

Erik's class performance involved clown mimes "mirroring" one another. The piece was introduced as an exercise in concentration and focus! That made me laugh because those are the things we're trying to teach Erik atm, LOL, looks like the school is on the same page.

Erik was paired up with Hannah, who just adores him! She's the sweetest little kid, who has all the same enthusiasm for life that Erik has - which is, I guess, why she thinks Erik is so cool! The boys classes are mul…

Littlest boy stuff...

I was saying the other, in a blog, that Bryn loves to pipe up with, "I didn't do it!" whenever he is caught red-handed, or someone asks, "Who..?". Well, now he's got a new game called the, "You did it!" game. He thinks it's hilarious to yell, "You did it!" out of the blue while pointing accusingly at someone. Then he laughs! For him, this is a challenge, he wants the person he's pointing at to point back at him and say, "No, you did it!", then he laughs even harder, and so starts the, "You did it!" dual!

He is asking for biscuits, I wasn't exactly jumping up to get them. I said to him, "You get them..." thinking he could reach - because I don't have stereoscopic vision and couldn't see that they were at the back of the counter. So, then I looked up a minute later, and he'd figured it out himself... Clever boy...

Yesterday Jen came for a visit. It was great break from my writing,…

The Big Count Down Starts...

Tomorrow morning!!!

My girl drinks arrived from Agender today, along with about $75 worth of opks and hpts! So, tonight I had fish and chips for dinner, and potato chips and coke afterwards, and chocolate pudding, and now I say goodbye to these things until at least March!!!

Gods, I'm so excited!

I'm all set with foods, I have a cereal for breakfast, a daily lunch sorted and a variety of dinners and snack options figured out. I know what my upper levels of sodium and potassium should be, and so now it's all systems go!

Every time I feel depressed about not being able to have those high sodium, high potassium things I love, I'm going to remind myself that those chips will never feel as good as holding my newborn daughter!

Sweetie, if you want to come join this crazy family, then we're setting out the welcome mat for you!!!

Ok, I need a plan of action...

Upcoming assignments include:

4 tute exercises in Children's writing ca. 1500 words (due last friday)

3500 word essay on how Othello, Silas Marner (part 1), The Wasteland (lines 1-79) and The Journey of Magi related to Christian Faith (EEEEEK, just quietly)...

1500 word study paper on Silas Marner.

100-150 lines of poetry on a specific theme (I'm thinking "The Men I've had")...

4000 words children's piece.

3000 word rough draft for the Publishing and Editing unit.


These all need to be handed in by the 14th of December (happy birthday to me!), which is in 3.5 weeks time... So, roughly 14 500 words in 3.5 weeks? Yeah, sure I can do that!!! No problem, I'm a superwoman... Aren't I?

Overarching, mindless conformity...

Malvina Reynolds

1. Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

2. And the people in the houses
All go to the university,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
And there's doctors and there's lawyers
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

3. And they all play on the golf-course,
And drink their Martini dry,
And they all have pretty children,
And the children go to school.
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
And they all get put in boxes
And they all come out the same.

4. And the boys go into business,
And marry, and raise a family,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all…

Spiderman, Spiderman...

For the last few weeks, Bryn has been singing this song, that I didn't get the words to, and whenever I asked him what it was, he said, "Spidersong", so I'd start singing "Incy Wincy Spider" and he'd go, "No, no, no!"..

Today I finally figured it out, and here it is...

Luey's girl name preferences...

Dave told me at dinner tonight that Luey had said to him today that if we had another baby and it was a girl, he'd like us to call her either Charlotte or Ruby... Hmmmm, to make those names Icelandic they'd have to be Karlotta or Rúbín (roobeen)... Oh, while I was double checking these translations on the net I came across a blog by and guy named Erik Bryn, no kidding, and it was about 3 years old!

A week in my boys' lives...

Over the past week, I've taken a few bunches of incidental photos, each time thing, "Oh, I must blog that!", but then time has run away with me, so that now I have all these photos, and no intention of writing 4 or 5 individual blogs. So, here is a little picture mosaic of a week in my boys' lives...

The first three photos are of Bryn and his new tooth brush. Last week he suddenly decided he HAD to brush his teeth like his brothers. Those of you who have known me for a number of years will know that toothbrushing is something I've NEVER pushed on my kids. It's not that I don't care about their teeth, but rather than I'm not a terribly good rolemodel. I tend only to brush my teeth when I'm leaving the house, which can mean that several days might go by without me brushing them! So, I've never enforced toothbrushing. My boys how, each came to the decision of wanting to brush their teeth on their own, and the bigger boys brush their teeth r…

5th Date in 8 years!!!

Whoo hoo! Dave and I went on a "date" tonight, just us, a bottle of Moscato, and the best Chinese I've had in about 8 years! Juniper, the Indian was totally booked out, so we had to go across the road to the Chinese, which was GREAT! Loved it! Andrew came over to watch the boys. When we left at 7.30pm, Luey and Bryn were fast asleep and Erik was reading Zack Power in bed (OMG, I've got to blog about THAT, too, just let me finish this first). We totally did the, "we never leave our kids with anyone, so here are our numbers, and the emergency number, and Luey's asthma medication incase he gets puff running that marathon in his sleep, and if Bryn wakes up he will be cranky and try water, then milk or a biscuit, and don't hesitate to get Erik up to reassure him if he's distraught..."

Of course when we got home 2.5 hours later, all three boys were sound asleep. Erik had been to the loo once, and Bryn had stirred when his head slipped over the e…

BOOYAH!!!

Well, now Luey's teacher is no longer in any doubt about what I think of some of her interactions with Luey! And neither is the school Principal!!!

We had our meeting today, and I spoke calming and quietly and mostly with a smile on my face. I said I understood the demands of the classroom - being a teacher myself (I said this twice actually under I got an acknowledgement of being a teacher) - and I said I'd heard glowing reports from other parents about how Luey's teacher had helped their child. However, I said I was not happy with being told almost at the end of the year that there was a problem with Luey and Liam in class together, and that Luey wasn't keeping up with his schoolwork, and that the only solution being offered was to move one of the boys. I wasn't happy that there had been not discussion between both sets of parents and the teacher at once, and that the boys themselves had not be consulted and at least given the chance to improve their behaviour…

Erik has his own blog...

Well, now that Erik's reading and writing has become good enough for him to be keeping a school journal, and also be writing his own minibooks, I've decided to encourage him further by setting up a blog for him. The blog is open to public, but with moderated comments (and I'm the moderator, of course). The reason I've left it open is so that his friends and family can access it easy. Of course, Erik does not have free access to the internet, and this is a project we will be working on together, but those of you who read my blog are welcome to read Erik's blog and make appropriate comments, he'd love the interaction... There is nothing on the blog atm, but the link is in my links to there right there...

Things I really do appreciate about my boys...

I thought I should write this to balance out last night's rant. I also should write this now, before I pick the boys up from school and in the effort to bring them home in one piece forget these things...

Erik
He is an optimist like me!
He really enjoys people and gets along with people quite well.He nearly always willing to help out wherever he can.He eats ANYTHING and rarely turns his nose up at any foods.He loves to draw, which reminds me so much of my brother.He forward thinking and picks up on new concepts so quickly.He brings Bryn into us when Bryn wakes up in the middle of the night, and is so gentle and caring of him.He is often willing to take the blame the for things he didn't do to get his friends off the hook, and sometimes Luey, too. He does this because, in his own words, "I'm tougher than him/her, I don't mind getting into trouble, I don't want him/her to get upset"...He very quick to forgive and forget when people hurt him or upset him.He …

Bloody hell! Another STUPID homeschooling thread!

Just read a thread on a parenting forum about homeschooling. It was started by a homeschooler posting a kind of vent about the stupid things people say to homeschoolers, it was quite funny and apt, though it contained some equally grosse generalisations as those made by people who know little about homeschooling...

One of the points was about not saying to a homeschooler, "I couildn't homeschool", even as a compliment, and yet in the first 2.5 pages (which is what I read of the thread before replying) so many people said this!!!

Obviously people didn't read the entire OP before responding, or if they did, they somehow thought that it was not applicable to them.

Hearing other people say they couldn't do it was always incredibly annoying to me, because quite frankly I never GAVE A SHIT if other people thought they could do it or not. Them not being able to do was not relevant to me at all.

Then there is the question of WHY would anyone want to homeschool. Gawd, so m…

The downturn... And other stuff...

Ah, have had a bit of a downward turn emotionally tonight. It started with banging my head on the boys bunk which hurt like buggary and which I would normally have just "Ow'd" off, but tonight it had my burst into big heaving sobs, definitely an emotional watershed...

Last weekend was pretty full on with Luey going to Liam's birthday on Sunday and me babysitting on Sunday night, then the boys having a curriculum day on Monday (so they were home) and of course Cup Day yesterday (home again), so I didn't get any work done those days and I'm getting sufficiently far behind now for it to be a simmering stressor. Then this morning we had the BIG meeting with Luey's teacher and the Principal, which we ended up missing because the taxi company SUCKS big time and couldn't get the kind of cab we order LAST NIGHT to our door in a timely fashion. Of course, this brought up all my own frustration and built up resentment of Dave dragging his heels with regard to…

The birth of a booger in 5 photos...

Luey is in loooooooove! Like any proud father...