The new boys jumped right into their English lessons shortly after arriving home.
We started with Leap Frog.
I know it is a little young for boys this age, but I have found nothing else that does as good a job teaching the letters and their sounds in a way that is so easy to remember.
Here is Cameron drilling the new boys on their sounds...
We already had our Homeschool version of Rosetta Stone (English) so we added two more accounts on there and they began to learn how to navigate this program.
It really is very easy to manage and does not require them to understand any English to get started.
Side note: While all 4 of my adopted boys claimed to know the English alphabet when they came home, they didn't know ANY of the sounds that each letter made. What they could do was recite the ABC song. That was it, so if you are in process to bring home an older child who has had English in school since the 1st grade, don't set your expectations too high. Start from the beginning.
Once they mastered the sounds of each letter, we start in to the K book of Hooked on Phonics.
Again, a little on the young side, but so far, no complaints and they are doing amazingly well!
Now that I am back to work full time, Tom is leading the reading, talking and handwriting instruction.
So, what else has the Rylands crew been up to?
Well, there was Easter Sunday...
a short trip up to Granny's farm...
a few hoops with another adoptive family
Our first visit to the local
An arsenal of nerf bullets flying near and far...
Our first bike riding lessons led by big bro, Colin...
Lots of family movie and game time,
complete with hand holding and cuddles!
A little silliness from Connor at dinnertime is a common occurrence.
"Hello Mom. How was your day?"
(with big smiles on their faces!)
Tom is very pleased with the effort that they are putting into their reading, Rosetta Stone and their handwriting.
But, there is plenty of time for fun too!
Thanks to our dear friend, Ms. Julie, the boys now have a huge pile of Legos!
Here's to hours of quiet fun!
These are just a few of the things we have been up to as a family since adding to our crew.