Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MONTESSORI MAKES SENSE

Maren spent a long time at the kids' school today. Laney was pretty burned out when the day was over. Maren learned a lot, though. She watched Brant in his Montessori environment and was thoroughly impressed with the materials and the tone of the classroom. Keep in mind that the Cupit kids go to a public school, in Louisiana no less. During Maren's visit, Brant and a few other children were on the rug with the teacher using the movable alphabet box and some pink cards and some small objects. Brant's in a classroom with ages 3, 4, and 5-year-olds from varied socio-economic backgrounds. The kids are grouped for learning purposes according to ability rather than age, allowing each student to move at his own pace. While one group is learning with the teacher, the other kids are using other materials all around the classroom. Brant's favorite thing to work on are the puzzles. He's not thrilled about fine motor activities, but that may change as time goes on and his confidence increases.

After the visit today, Maren is convinced that Brant is where he needs to be. The drive into the city is worthwhile.

Maren also helped Laurel's class in the computer lab today with Laney in tow. That was a bit of a challenge. Despite Laney's periodic protests, the kids appreciated it and Maren learned a new cool website to add to our list of "allowables" for Laurel and Brant. internet4classrooms.com is worth a look around if your kids are computer savvy.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

QUESTIONS CAN'T WAIT 'TIL MORNING


Brant took a long nap today. As a result, he has a very difficult time falling asleep.

So far his reasons for coming out of his room tonight include:

"My fingernails are long. We really need to cut them."

"Can you make cookies with red icing for Valentine's Day?"

"Can I give my teddy bear a name?" Dad says, "What do you want to name it?" Brant: "Fruit Salad."

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

BOY TUMBLES, MOM PANICKS

As the weather improved, the park beckoned. For a nice after school treat, Maren took the kids to City Park on the way home from school, hoping to help them burn some energy and sleep better. The good idea turned sour as Brant ran towards his mom, tripped on the edge of the concrete slab and threw his forehead into the corner of the picnic table bench.

Within seconds, Maren ripped off her nursing cover and tied it around Brant's forehead. She called Brad and said, "Brant split his head open; we have to go to the hospital." After the whole ordeal was over, Brad offered that perhaps next time she shouldn't use those words. She admits she panicked just a little bit. The family battled the traffic and headed to the ER later realizing that the urgent care center probably would have been just fine. Brant screamed out of fear rather than pain for almost the entire ride.

The ER staff was super fast. They had Brant in a room very quickly where he stayed on a bed gripping his green sucker solidly but hardly interested in eating it. After the physician's assistant washed off the wound, the M.D. came in and told us about skin glue. In the next few minutes, Brant's forehead was superglued together, Mom paid the copay and the family was homeward bound. So Brant has bad luck with picnic tables. This is what it's like raising a boy!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

GRANNY BRINGS 'EM ALL HOME

For the first time in years, Granny had all of her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren in one place for Christmas lunch! It was a great way to spend the day! (Aunt Paige even got to join in on the fun!)