Wow, two weeks down of school basically this year. I can’t believe it.
Last wee, we were working on our memory verse, and Bugs insisted it was Aversions 6:2. We were working on Ephesians 6:2….It took three days to get it straight finally. But man, it sure was funny!
The public school children had two snow days the start of last week. As homeschoolers, we didn’t take the snow days. Even though on the second public school snow day (taken because it was so cold, not because the snow was blowing) I gave the Bugs the option of skipping school for the day and she insisted on doing it anyway. No big deal. She loves doing school.
So far, we are ahead in the main things. We are doing the Developing the Early Learner workbook series. Over our Christmas break, we misplaced book 2 somehow…..So, since we were nearly done with it anyway, we went ahead and started book 3. We were scheduled in our curriculum to start it on Friday the 14th but went ahead and started the Monday before so she could do some workbook. As of this writing, we are close to a fourth of the way through this 60 page workbook….Once the Bugs starts on a few pages, she insists on doing more. And more. And more. We are a bit ahead on phonics instruction too. Though we’ve had a few days when we just couldn’t remember the sounds we knew the day before. On Friday of last week, Bugs came in and woke us parents up and we quizzed her on some sounds that words start with and what letter makes that sound and she got the letter C and it’s sound correct. Later during school, she is shown the C flashcard and looks at me and pulls whatever sounds she wants to say and then informs me that since she told me and Hubbs this morning she didn’t need to do it again. We had quite the talk about doing our work, even if it is boring or seems strange to keep answering the same thing again and again (I could just imagine that one in a public school classroom. The letters and phone calls I would be getting…)
Since we are doing Sonlight’s P 4/5 this year, the read alouds are pretty much on target. For this core, the read alouds consist pretty much of different short stories, Mother Goose rhymes and things like that. Honestly, not a big deal if we end up having to skip a day or so and we can’t catch it back up.
Today I re-introduced handwriting. My desire was to teach cursive first. I have taught in schools before (private Christian schools) and the first one I taught at, we introduced cursive writing in kindergarten. Those children had the most beautiful penmanship, and I agree with the cursive first philosophy. The second school didn’t teach cursive until second grade, and since I taught a combined first and second classroom, I went ahead and let the first graders learn it too. The first graders had better handwriting in cursive than my second graders did. I had tried a bit of cursive with the Bugs, but her fine motor skills, while still in the normal range, are on the slower end of normal. Not a big deal since she spent her early developmental time working on her brains (believe me, this child is smart). So after failing before Christmas to try cursive with her, I went ahead and tried some print. It was a good decision. Today we did the capital A. After showing her three times, she started on her own, and let me tell you, she did beautifully! I was so surprised. She then went a bit A crazy and wrote A anywhere she could. Even on some unlined paper and those were nicely done too. I guess that she was ready, and print is the way to go with this child. I don’t know what we’ll be doing with the Beans yet though. Guess it is too early to tell. Though, she was sitting with us for handwriting time and decided she needed to try it too. So I got her out some paper and showed her how to make her A. She made a few fairly nice Hs and then turned them into people. Then insisted I needed to draw dresses and shoes on them….Yeah, I can’t draw. She loved the pitiful result though.
This week we are also working on a review item for the TOS Crew. Be looking for that review February 11th. I have another review item I’m needing to get downloaded but that has to wait until my husband is home from work so he can install it on the main CPU. It runs Windows still and the laptop no longer does. And for some strange reason, very few things are installable on a Linux based device like schooling helps. It is rather annoying because we would love to give up using Windows totally but can’t because of a few things that aren’t compatible that we use. Oh well, in a perfect world…
Right now, the Beans is having massive jealousy issues with me and the Bugs and school. I try and do something with her before we start school and she’ll have nothing to do with it. So, then I start school and she’s trying to crawl into my lap between me, her sister and whatever book we are reading and will grab my face and try blocking my view of the book. If we are at the table working on handwriting or something, she’ll come in and try to stop me and force me to pay total attention to her. I’ve tried diverting her attention elsewhere, tried spending time with just her before we start school, tried doing something for just us after school,tried giving her her own “school” but nothing seems to be working. Bugs works best in the morning not too long after breakfast, we’ve tried doing school after lunch while sister is having her “nap” time (she’s been starting to give up her nap recently) and that doesn’t work. Bugs is wearing down a bit by then and her attention isn’t there anymore (have to admit, by that time in the day, I’m not wanting to do much either). Do you deal with this too? Please share what you do to curb the attention hogging behavior of your littles while trying to do school with the bigger ones.
So, that’s where we are at the moment. Plugging along and doing quite well. How are you going? Feel free to share. Or even tell of something really great you’ve found. I’m still looking for options for next year! (but then, I love looking through curriculum, I’m kind of crazy like that…).