This past weekend we were able to spend a lot of time alone with Kirill. No other families were visiting the orphanage this weekend and on non-school days all the kids have quiet/nap time in their rooms from 1-4 pm. If your family is visiting you during that time, you get special treatment and do not have to have quiet time. For us parents, visiting during that time period meant we got uninteruptted time with Kirill.
We have been working on English and math problems with Kirill each day. He tries to talk us out of having to do this school time each day but we think it is important and it is an opportunity to bond with him. He has really impressed us with his English and math skills. He tries really hard to sound out words and he is does quite well. Our insurance agent donated some crayons and coloring books to the orphanage. On Sunday, we took out a box of the crayons for Kirill and he looked at the box and very clearly pronounced State Farm. It is great to see the joy on his face when he knows he has pronounced a word correctly.
|Kirill doing math while Paul studies his Ukraine.|
|The motorcycles that brought many smiles.|
|Some of the kids enjoying their new cards.|