October 20, 2011 by travelingsole
So I moved a couple weeks ago (the place where I was staying – the people were returning). Anyway so I moved into the same building as these dear children. These children just got a new baby sister the day before I moved in. It’s so handy to be so close and I love my new “roach-free” place (note: that is relatively roach-free). So introducing…
Seth is 9. His dad calls him Seth-o. He’s in 4th grade. Seth loves to read. He has a Kindle that gets a lot of use. He also has lots of books that he loves to read. I love to hear little tid-bits of the stories he’s reading. As his mom told me today… Seth is a very disciplined person. He might not enjoy a task but he always tries to complete it. He doesn’t like sweets. I was invited to his birthday supper. Not cake with frosting (which is my favorite). He had lemon bars cut out in the shape of a dog. Seth enjoys cricket, reading, telling stories, and playing with Nic and Kirsti.
Niccolas is 7. Nic loves to read. He loves to rhyme. If you say a word he just might say a word that rhymes with it. Nic is in 2nd grade. He works fast and is often done early. He loves to make up wild scenarios. He could tell stories all day if you listened. A lot of people ask if Nic and Seth are twins. I often call them by the wrong name. They know to go by the person that I’m looking at rather than by the name that I say. I try hard but fail often.
Kirsten is 5. Just turned 5. Can you guess by now? She loves when I read to her. Kirsti is in kindergarten. She is very much a girly girl… She loves to play with her dolls. She also likes playing with her brothers. I often find them playing legos, trucks, animals, hiding toy tik tikis in the trees… Kirsti does not like to be the center of attention. She loves to sit on my lap. If I’m sitting at the table grading and I will often look up and realize “Oh Kirsti is sitting on my lap”. She adores her new baby sister.
Annalise Joy. The new addition. She smiled at Kirsti for the first time yesterday. 🙂 She was born Nov. 28. She’s a beautiful tiny baby. Having her here helps (how do you like that alliteration?), ease the “pain” of missing out on the first 4 months of baby Felix at home. Annalise is much loved by her family and me.
When I’m at their house for the morning or afternoon I usually help with homeschooling. (I’ve been asked many times if I am a teacher and this is the first real school teaching I’ve done.) Mornings… Seth and Nic often do book work on their own between 7-8. They are early birds and getting them started on school work gives them something to do. I usually get there at 8:45 and get the grading caught up. The children are usually in various stages of getting ready and/or doing morning chores. School starts sometime between 9-9:30. I do devotions and Bible Memory with them. After that I’m usually busy grading, getting them to do corrections, and helping Kirsti with her numbers, letters, and sounds until 10:30-11. Then it’s Oral Language Exercise, Spelling with Seth, and once a week an Art lesson with all three. This week we sketched and colored a cityscape. If we have time before lunch I do reading and flash cards with the boys. We always have Bengali food for lunch. 🙂 Yum! Rice, dall (lentils), cooked veggies, and eggs or chicken or beef. And yes we eat with our fingers.
When I’m there on Tuesday afternoons I take the boys to piano lessons across town. We usually take a hired driver but this week we took CNG. It was my first time hiring a CNG on my own. 🙂 It went smoothly and it was cheaper so we might try that again. I love going to the piano teacher’s house. Air-conditioned house. Freezing cold :). We get to wrap up in blankets and sit on overstuffed couches! One of the boys goes in for a lesson and I do reading and flash cards with the other one. Then it switches. I often get to take a short nap there. It’s so much fun sitting on a real couch again. Here we just have bamboo couches with a little padding. It takes us 30 minutes to an hour to get there, we’re there for an hour, then an hour back. Traffic on the way back is always worse. Then sometimes we get to go play on the roof for a little before supper.
More another day,
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