I haven't mentioned the homeschooling lately but it's been going really well. I think the hardest part is knowing what the standard is. How much curriculum should we be covering? It's so different now from when I started school. That being said, I'm pleased with how Bella is doing. She's reading like a champ. She loves it. She's been reading a Dick and Jane book my Mom gave us. It's actually three Dick and Jane books compiled together and she's read 172 pages of it since last Monday. She begs to read which is awesome. We also started on the addition and subtraction this week which for whatever reason gets me all excited. I actually got her worksheet out and showed Matt at dinner the other night like a little kid. Look, look, she did addition!
Besides being able to grasp the concept of adding two numbers together and being able to read a ridiculously repetitive book, Bella is taking Italian lessons from her Nonna. Once a week I drive her over to Matt's mom's house and leave her for a few hours. Today I dropped her off and as soon as she was out of the car Braden started talking, "Mom, I want to watch The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Secret of the Secret Ooze when we get home." To which I cleverly responded, "mm, hm." I guess this was just the invitation he was looking for because he began to tell me the story of the Secret of the Secret Ooze.
After listening to this story for the entire 38 minute and 47 second ride home, I can tell you with certainty that I have no idea what the secret of the secret ooze is. I do know that Shredder says something to the effect of , "Let's get ready to fight." to someone named Tocar? and that the turtles are all present and accounted for in the story. ( I know this last part because Braden repeated their names no less that 40,000 times each.)
Tonight at dinner as I was gushing to Matt about Bella's ability to solve algebraic equations in this her second month of Kindergarten, I thought about the Secret of the Secret Ooze. So I told Matt about that too and how the Secret of the Secret Ooze is a very long story that goes on FOREVER AND EVER. AND EV-ER. To which he said, "Hey Braden, tell mom the story about the Secret of the Secret Ooze again. Lean in closer to her and whisper because she can't hear you."
And Braden did.
Even after hearing the story a second time I still couldn't tell you what it's about because I was laughing too hard to hear.
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