Thursday, August 2, 2012
Continuing to Do Well
Sissy is continuing to do very well. Today there wasn't any sulleness at all over anything. She is working hard at her school work. She understands that if she doesn't do well homeschooling, she will have to go to public school and she really wants to stay at home.
I haven't seen any tears for a couple of days at night, but she may still be grieving on her own. I know she misses China and all she had there. Her own true bravery and strength are now showing and I really respect that in her.
She's eating well, which I'm very grateful for. In China, she didn't eat much and it was hard to get her to eat a balanced meal. Here at home, it's not trouble at all.
From my perspective today, I think that the dramatic turn around in her behavior was exactly what I mentioned before... I seem much more capable, in her eyes, here in my own environment, the environment itself is pleasing to her, and, our routine is compatible with what she's used to.
So, what is our routine? I get up and get ready first. I wake up the girls. Jie Jie gets the bathroom first, while Sissy makes her bed and gets dressed. Then they switch and Sissy gets the bathroom while Jie Jie gets dressed. Then, I do their hair, they eat breakfast and it's time to join the daycare. I'm having Sissy join Circle Time with the daycare so she gets exposed to childhood songs and English from another person beside myself. After Circle Time, it's outdoor time, which, today, was a good walk to the bank. Once home, it's lunch time, daycare kids take naps, then it's school time.
On most days, though, school time starts directly after Circle Time. The girls only got through one math worksheet today. It was a stretch for both of them, for some reason. Sissy was working on simple division and struggled, but did it. Jie Jie worked on addition problems with sums up to 20, which was a stretch for her. She still relies on beads to count, but totally understands the concept. It feels like she's always been with me, but the reality is that she I brought her home only 16 months ago. That's not long at all!