Jan 1st, this day 4 years ago I married the most gentle and loving guy I have ever known. Today he told me that he feels like we have been together forever 🙂 And I feel that too 🙂
12th April, 2012 – was the most important date after that – I gave birth to the most cute and adorable boy… our God-given gift – Aarya 🙂 He is 2 years 8 months old today.
This past year has been a good year for us, with lot of changes in our lives and the most important one was Aarya joining preschool. He was 2 years, 2 months then. In the last 6 months, he has changed a lot. He “figures out” a new thing everyday which is very cute and encouraging to me as a parent. His school maintains a dairy so as to communicate with the parents as to what they are doing and what the child should know. Every week on Friday, we receive the diary and this past week, his school reached the letter R (starting from A, of course) and numbers 6,7,8. Lats month, when I asked him a few letters and numbers – he had no idea what I was talking about.
Other kids, on the other hand were able to tell there mamas what they were doing in school, recognizing letters (oh yes! they are) and saying the words they learned in school – all through this Aarya has practically done nothing.
So I decided that I was not going to have Aarya lagging behind at all, armed with Pinterest on my side… like a true competitive mama started teaching him at home! And to my surprise, Aarya easily picked up a lot of letters and now numbers, knows some shapes (even though we are still working on his speech). It was all going well, until I realized that Aarya would rather play with his cars than do the alphabet tasks I suggested. He was not interested at all… I was forcing him in doing it all.
Then I stopped all of it. If he was not going to like what we are doing, he would resent studying totally. I will have turned him against the one thing that is the most important thing for him – his love of learning. He had to like it, he had to ask me to do it and not the vice – versa. So I started going through Mommy blogs, especially the ones who had boys, who were homeschooling, who were not. And then I found 1+1+1=1, Living Montessori Now, Boy Mama Teacher Mama and many many more. I literally sifted through all the Tot School post on Carissa’s 1+1+1=1. There is where I got inspiration, direction and new thought process.
Then saw this touching video (which I shared on Facebook also) –
If you are a mom, you need to see this video. I wish I could get the book here, but right now it is not available. But when It comes here, I am definitely getting myself a copy.
So I decided that I want to document our journey in learning. I want to do it for keeping myself on track on what I am doing it with Aarya, what works for us and to keep myself accountable.
I am not doing this because my child is “behind” but because he is a fast-learner and I want to give him the learning opportunity to grow and blossom. After following many of the ideas from these blogs, I am happy to report that Aarya wants me to do these lessons with him. We are learning with cars, through cars and in cars 🙂 I am no longer frustrated – I am mostly searching more ways to just satisfy his need for new and interesting things to do together.
This blog is just about Aarya and his parents; our journey together… our very ordinary and wonderful life.
My goals for 2013 –
It is going to be a good year… I can feel it.
I am going to make it awesome for us.
I am going to learn to be optimistic and a fun mama too.
I am going to learn and inspire Aarya in the process.
I am going to make time to read – because that is what I love the most.
We are not going to give up on each other 🙂