Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Arise and Shine!

Please pardon me while I gloat just a minute or two....today I got confirmation Papa loves me!!!!! As you know, I homeschool the Little Critter. The last several months have been tough as I was working full time (during tax season) and so his homeschooling work was minimal amounts and stuff that he could do mostly without my help. Hence we studied composers (he's now a full fledged classical music lover!), did pages for a lapbook about composers, handwriting practice (called copywork), and math daily. Then he also had chores at home to take care of. I explained to him that after tax season, we'd have to up the work load to finish our work for the year if he wanted to be considered to be in 4th grade come fall. Well, he's been dragging his feet on doing more work. OK, he's more like a mule with all four feet planted and that "just try to make me move!" look in his eyes.

The result is that I keep praying, planning and setting things up and then due to his dawdling, we haven't been getting half of his work done each week. Then about a month ago, when we started letting him play with a couple neighbor boys that he's played with before, we started getting more and more disrespect from him. I was becoming discouraged, bumfuzzled, (a term meaning something light years past confused and angry) and really bummed out! Dodi was as bumfuzzled as I.

Then today happened! Hallelujah for today! Today we got Torah Study done, even to the point he was asking questions about Revelation! (which we stopped and read a bit of) We got handwritting/copywork done....not well, but done nonetheless without a fight. We got all the laundry done, washed, hung out to dry, folded AND put away! He cleaned his bedroom voluntarily (keep beating my little heart!) and we did our Hebrew lessons, finished his work for Cub Scouts and even got in 30 minutes of weeding in the garden (we call that physical education!). Our math was included with our Torah reading and the extra reading from Revelation....although I'd planned to work on some more formal math. So the only thing we didn't get done today was the formal math, and his written comparison of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (Part of our History lesson which we read about and discussed, but ran out of time for the actual writting of the comparison.)

So I felt Papa blessed me today. We got done 95% of what I felt we needed to do, along with a little extra.. We had mostly a pleasant day (until Dodi got home and Little Critter got disrespectful again) and to top it off, we got a brief shower to lesson the humidity levels! What a glorious day. Now if only tomorrow will go as smoothly. I have hope!

I pray each of you dear readers also had a productive and pleasant day. May the rest of your week be filled with little Love Letters from Papa to remind you of your belovedness to Him who created you. Shalom, Spitfire

4 comments:

Ahavah said...

ahhh your little boy is growing up.... and is clearly suffering from a bad case of 'testosterone' overdose... which usually results in

a) mule like qualities and
b) necessary ritual challenges to the dominate alpha male in the household

This phrase will pass... possibly when he's about 14 ish....

then you have other things to worry about .... like two drop-dead gorgeous leggy 12-16 year blondes who want to know 'if xxx can come and play'... yeah right - over my dead body!

Happily son number one was in the fridge at the time stuffing his face....

oh yeah that's another problem with the raging hormones.... their intake rate goes off the richta scale....

suggest you start stocking up now... :0D

The Quiet Life said...

Oh, my. We are going through a simular situation with our oldest daughter right now. She seems to think she's 10 going on 18. It's not pretty. We could definately do without the negativity.

Ahavah said...

lol! did I mention cracks that appear in the wall plaster because of the force of the 'slam of the door' that seems to be a standard response to any request for help/tidying/do homework et al?

I got really good with the polyfiller - you had to look really hard to notice....

oh my QL - girls are 30 times worse - ... what can I say....

.... I grieve with thee......

alternatively....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faf1ch7Q9XE

don't forget to let the pink strip finish loading before you play it...

Gayle said...

It has been said that strong-willed children grow up to be leaders, Spitfire. Luke is on his way! :)

I didn't know Little Critter was a classical music lover, hon. That's wonderful! As for the rash of sudden disrespect, I think it's more than testosterone. Many parents don't take the time with their kids that you do. Are the boys he's been playing with possibly rubbing off on him? In my case, our children's peers were our biggest threat.

I've got the Gloria Gaynor video playing now. I love that song! Thanks, Ahava! :)