Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Writing on the Wall

Since starting school this year, I'm amazed at how much Ty learned last year during Kindergarten.  Now this is definitely not a post in which I brag about Ty's AMAZING Kindergarten teacher (because that girl really didn't know what she was doing!), but rather I'm just reflecting on how far Ty has come in the past year.  I remember the day when I thought he would never recognize the number 12.  Now he can count to 212.
Then there was that mix-up between the short vowels "e" and "i."  But he's conquered that hurdle too.  It's amazing.   I can go crazy trying to beat a concept into his little head, and then one day, out of the blue, everything just clicks!  (Note:  I use the term "beat" loosely, as I have never utilized this tactic in my teaching methods ; )

Another area of difficulty for him last year was penmanship.  This had to be his least favorite part of our school day.  He hated working on his writing.  HATED IT!  He would draw pictures all day long, but make him write letters and it was like pulling teeth.

This year has been a different story.  Thankfully!  Since he's started cursive, he's been really interested in learning and writing new letters.  It probably doesn't hurt that he's pretty good at it too.  Here's a sample of one of his lessons.  He's so excited for everyone to see his neat work, so if you see him, brag on him! : )


  1. WOW! It's good you are working on his handwriting in first grade. In public schools there's too much other stuff to focus on that we just push handwriting aside and it's sad. Also, those darn short e's and i's give lots of kids fits in lower grades (some of my 5th graders still struggle now)