Welcome to this month's AEIOU: a mid-month-link-party of self-belief, improvement, acceptance, love & learning!! It's a get together to celebrate life's highlights. Your AEIOU might go a little something like this . . .
Awesome – something you baked/ created/ photographed/ a bargain you found
Exciting – share your news/ event/ holiday/ a gorgeous butterflies-in-tummy moment
Interesting – teach us information/ discovery/ facts/ a chance to show off your quirky side
Opportunity – embrace the unknown/ put yourself out there/ show off a new experience
Understanding – learning to appreciate/ forgive/ love/ unleash what helps you grow . . . you might like to do a full AEIOU or just one or two particular themes . . .
To kick things off, here is my AEIOU for June.
Awesome - i constantly find surprise images the children take on my camera. Isn't this incredible . . . a breath taking sunset against our new car. What 10 year old thinks to grab the camera & photograph this beauty??
Exciting - unexpected parcels of love in the mail, thank you Tania & Jane!!
Interesting - my husband is making up all sorts of delicious, interesting & spontaneous juice combinations with the new juicer . . . think celery, carrot & apple . . . i'm his happy taste tester. Note to self: use a straw, or you go out in public with a big orange smile!!
Opportunity - i love these new Le Creuset casserole dishes & have plans to really enjoy dinner for the rest of the year because MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN POSTED BACK TO CANBERRA UNTIL CHRISTMAS!! I can't believe this unpresedented opportunity either, takes the edge off living apart for 4 years!!
Understanding - this sweet girl has the most understanding teacher, we are blessed to have her educating our children. She's one of those guitar playing, ethereal teachers who is strict but lovely & kind to the children . . . even spends her lunch hour & after school coaching children who are struggling with a topic (in our case spelling) from the goodness of her heart. She's only in her 2nd year of teaching yet understands children innately, an incredibly gifted & natural teacher. Anyway, she has been teaching our 3rd girl to practise the weekly spelling list in a very different manner - rainbow words - where you write each letter of a word in a different colour, over & over, building muscle memory in your fingers. Sure enough, since our daughter has applied this method to her learning, she has had only one spelling mistake in the past month + she's willing to attempt more words on the list, beyond the 20 recommended (some weeks there are up to 30 or 40 words)!! Teachers play such a pivotal role in children's lives, every child deserves a super special teacher at least once in primary school. FYI true to form, her twin sister has experienced a mid year teacher change, 5th year in a row at this school, yet copes brilliantly, always said she could teach herself. We're so extra proud of our children when they triumph through a challenge. I'm not a natural speller so totally emphasise with my daughter. Our other children are robots, see the word once, it's locked into their memory forever. I wish!!