Thursday Thoughts Q&A

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Today’s Thursday Thoughts are just answering some of the quick-answer questions you sent in….

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Why don’t you date black guys?

Because I’m married. *zing*

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Have you ever dated a black men?

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I Don’t Want to Blog About #Ferguson

…..and I’m not going to.

Not in full at least.

Many black women, more eloquent than I have written about it and have shared feelings and ideas that mirror my own.  I barely discussed Trayvon here, and I’m not going to get deep into Mike Brown either.

I was asked a question from my Ask Me Anything post that stopped me in my tracks though….and is now “forcing” me to write about Mike Brown’s murder (that’s what it was, shut up) even if tangentially.

Here’s the question:

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Q and A: How do you teach your kids?

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 (he was supposed to be sleeping. I check the monitor and caught him reading to his stuffed animals!)

Well, you guys sure showed up in full force with the questions! Keep em coming. I’ll get to them all.  (Even the triflin’ ones!)

One question I was asked was “How are you teaching Rohan? Are you using a curriculum?”

I’m assuming it’s someone I’m friends with on FB who saw homeschooling posts there but either way…. I was planning to write a post on my intent to home school eventually.

I teach Rohan through play. We have never done drills or flashcards or anything like that. (Tho I tried making them before, and that didn’t work out too well.) We talk a lot. We read a lot. A WHOLE LOT and from that he memorized his numbers and his alphabet. I honestly didn’t know he knew them by heart until my mom started asking him last thanksgiving and he was pointing them all out correctly.  Then one day John was wearing an army shirt and he pointed to each letter and made the sounds like he was trying to phonetically read A-R-M-Y.  I was like…oh…I guess I should start being more diligent with this kid. Clearly babies can learn through experience a lot earlier than I expect.

He learned his letters/numbers colors, shapes, animals and most of his words through books we’ve read too… and songs.  (kidztv123 on youtube is great!! He learned his letter sounds through their phonics song I think.) I don’t think we need to do anything more than educational play at this point. He is 2. I will ask him to run and find things that start with a certain letter and bring to me while I’m cooking, or we’ll play I spy something red or whatever…  (Sometimes he will bring me the phone for letter F…I just praise him all the same) But mostly it’s books.

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I don’t have a curriculum, but I did buy two pre-K books just to see what is in them and how I could incorporate the lessons into our playtime as he gets older.

This one is laminated and he writes in it, “reads” it on his own, and will just sit and stare at the trucks.

This one has perforated pages and is definitely more of a pre-school workbook, so we just look at it and I ask him questions about it or ask him to tell me what’s going on in the picture, and will ask him why, just to see what he says.  There’s a little girl in the rain with an umbrella in one of the pictures, so I asked him what she’s holding, he said “uhbella” I asked why and he goes “cuz her mommy gave her!” and started clapping like it was the right answer. :) Eventually we will use it as it’s intended, maybe when he’s 3 or so.

We recently got abcmouse.com (or Mousdacom as Roey calls it) and he’s doing the toddler/preschool “lessons” in it, which are just letter and number games and opportunities to color in pictures and hear songs. He likes it a lot and will tell me he’s “working.”

Outside of that it’s just playing with him and he learns his concepts through that, reading and a lot of detailed talking. I try to go by what he’s interested in. He likes letters a lot, he likes vehicles, puzzles, coloring/painting, magnets and he likes building. He just plays all day and will help me cook or clean up (kinda) so he learns through that as well.

But I plan on home schooling with a dedicated curriculum once he turns 4. By then I expect he’ll be ahead of the curve anyway since he seems to soak up and retain so much.  Til then I’m going to keep playing, keep reading, keep introducing new things to him, and keep scouring Pinterest for ideas.

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We made an alphabet game so he could match his capital and lower case numbers…..The one on Pinterest looked a lot better than mine, but hey it still worked!

I also let him start watching TV about 8 months or so ago. Sesame St., Sid the Science Kid, Daniel Tiger, and a few shows on Sprout. I was very anti TV for babies, but he’s learned a lot from those shows. (I think Sid …and John… is how he got obsessed with magnets).

How do you teach your kids?

Any tips for me on how to teach reading and Spanish?

Ask Me Anything!

 

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I’m completely stealing this idea from another blogger who did an “Ask Me Anything” post a while back. It was a great way for us to get to know her better, and also provided content for her to write about. (yes…i’m totally using you to help give me blogging ideas…gotta problem?)

So, I’m copycatting. Cuz I feel like I’ve hit a wall of sorts. Every time I sit down to talk to you girls, I just want to talk about what’s going on in my beachbody biz and I know that’s not all you want to hear about. I refuse to be that girl.

OKDani is opened up to your questions. Ask anything you want to know, big or small, general or personal. You can email me at okaydani@gmail.com or ask in the comments. Or if you want to ask anonymously, fill out the form below:

 

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Talk to you soon!

What’s the funniest/weirdest question you’ve been asked?

Mind Right Monday Linkup

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OK Today’s the first linkup with my fabulous co-hosts Danielle and Darrica!

Mind Right Monday (MRM), as you know, is a way to jump-start the week in a positive way. Keeping your goals and what you’re grateful for top of mind sets you up for a productive (and happy) week! Link up your MRM or recent Motivation/Positive blog posts!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was filled with a toddler and infant (like every other day). I didn’t do much work though, I allowed myself a bunch of vegetation time. Caught up on shows I haven’t been watching, and watched that show Power on Starz. Omari, Omari Omari…. that’s all I gotta say.

Anywaaaayyy!!!!

My goals for the week are to:

  • Finish reading THIS BOOK from last week
  • Write my pieces before deadline and organize/send my invoices
  • Create content for my August 18th challenge group (wanna join us?!)
  • Work out every day and drink water like it’s my job
  • Blog at least 4 times
  • Make another learning game from Pinterest for Roey
  • Clean up the house (so Roey can rip it apart and I can clean it up again…fml)
  • Take Roey to the park a few times and to the library I just discovered was nearby our place
  • Get to Staples and stock up on all the back to school deals for my biz supplies and Roey’s homeschool supplies
  • Get more clients enrolled in my next two challenge groups
  • Advertise to recruit new beachbody coaches onto my team

 

I am extremely grateful for:

  • Having Mind Right Monday co-hosts :)
  • My healthy family and friends
  • Fitting in workouts and pushing aside excuses
  • Kaya sleeping through the night, it’s really a blessing
  • Realizing I’m a leader
  • Being able to give things away and contribute to others
  • Being able to see the world so excitedly/amazingly through Roey’s eyes
  • Warm socks
  • A stockpile of hair products
  • My pedicure lasting ridiculously long
  • John taking care of the kids while I had the worst migraine ever
  • Options
  • New business idea

What about you? Link up with us. If you’re not a blogger, leave your #1 goal for the week and a few things you’re grateful for in the comments section!


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