We had a really nice streak of spring weather this week! David and the boys put the see-saw on the girls’ swing set this weekend, and the family spent almost all of Sunday outside in the backyard. It was truly lovely.
I’m now 26 weeks through this pregnancy, and I’ve started getting really tired. I take more naps, and some things are slipping through the cracks, but we know it’s just a season. (In the interest of “keeping it real,” I should tell you that I literally dozed off after writing that last sentence and had a 10 minute cat nap – haha!) The baby is very active, which is reassuring and quite funny to see from the outside.
In the business, we have almost hit 1/3 of our pre-baby goal. We want to list a certain amount of inventory by the end of July, and it has been a difficult task to manage that amount of work. Being 1/3 of the way is encouraging, but I am also almost to my third trimester (meaning we have to hurry up!), so there has been a lot of brainstorming this week as we try to figure out how to streamline the process even more.
School is still going really well! Brontë has started reading the very basic early readers we have. After a few weeks of struggling to recognize certain letters, we decided to have Brontë watch some “Super Why” shows on PBS and encouraged her to actively participate (i.e. shout out the answer when a character asks the viewer a question). When we first moved up here, Liam was 4 and Paul was 1. We didn’t know anyone up here for a while, so I took the boys to the zoo, the library, and a playground at least once a week (which took up 3-4 mornings a week). In the rest of our time, we watched lots of kid shows on PBS. Completely unprompted, Liam began fluently reading on his own that winter, and I really think the shows we watched were a major boost in his reading skills. Not your typical reading curriculum recommendation, but I saw significant improvement in Brontë this week after watching a few “Super Why” episodes, so I’m going to say that PBS has been a great supplement as our kids learn to read.
How was your week? I hope you had a chance to enjoy great weather! Any reading tips you’d like to share? I would love to hear from you in the comments!