The Alphabet song, but in Afrikaans: Die ABC liedjie
It has taken some adapting, some pictures, making our own magnetic board (thank you daddy B!) and a little boy who was determined to learn to read… AND HE DID IT!
Mr.A has set himself a goal of 10 books to earn a PC game he really wants. Mr.R asked daddy B, in the meantime, whether he could get a game of his own, if he does school work with Mr.A every day. He has always joined us, but now he has a goal (other than just doing it for the fun of it). They both have something to aim for, and they are determined.
I cannot put into words the feeling when your child reads his first word, first sentence out loud. I have seen parents with kids in school take this for granted: “well, of course they learn to read”, but it is such a major step in that child’s life! “We” are in book 4 at the moment, adding new words on a bi-weekly basis, reading new pages every week, writing every book “we” have read in the back of his Afrikaans “skrif” (notebook). He is learning that he can pull through, he must just persevere, and the joy of understanding that blossoms on his face, is just magical – it is something to behold. The pride of the first book read.
Another first that the boys got under their belt, were learning to ride. Well, it is a long process, like reading, but they have started taking lessons.
Once a month we go to Healing with Horses - Mizpah horse farm in the Curry’s Post area. It is helping Mr.R to control his body, it helps with confidence (not that they are lacking in that particular area), helps them to focus. Mr.A particularly has an affinity with animals, and learning to ride has been a wish come true.
Horses use their all-round awareness and sensitivity to accurately mirror our emotional and thought states, without judgment. This gives humans a unique opportunity to deal with emotions gently and constructively, allowing for new-found awareness to make positive life changes.
They don’t just learn to ride, they learn how to handle, treat, and read the horses. They form a bond, trust, grow character. Liesl has won the boys’, and my trust. It is a place where we can relax and just enjoy nature, peace, the horses. Just be…
Then there is proper riding lessons with Pippa. She is closer to home, in Winterskloof. A soft-spoken lady who takes joy in the differences between the two boys: one a talkative energy ball, the other a quiet but focused young boy. She makes things interesting by using shapes, toys, letter boards, etc. to distract them from the hight on Aragon, but also helps them to become familiar and to relax while stretching to reach posts, walking over logs on the ground, etc.
I am so thankful for finding these two amazing women!
Here’s to FIRSTS -
the amazing courage it unleashes, and confidence it builds.