I canceled Time4Learning as the boys seemed to be burning out with it. They had both finished their grade level Language Arts and Math and were starting on grade level Science and Social Studies. Time4Learning has really great LA and Math programs, but Social Studies and definitely the Science leave a lot to be desired. The 1st grade Science couldn’t hold my six year old’s attention and the unit on Space was incredibly disappointing since his knowledge of the Solar System could rival that of any high school student’s. We’ll continue to unschool Science and Social Studies.
For summer Math they will each have a worksheet per day with various types of operations. For Language Arts we will focus strictly on reading books and writing. They can write anything they choose and I will edit it.
I will also use workbooks covering all subjects at the next grade level (2nd and 4th) a couple of times per week.
I know. *sigh* I’m such a mean mommy to make my babies “do school” during the summer.
I think I made a resolution to actually update this blog but, clearly, I’ve failed. I, again, resolve to make at least a little note about the goings on in our daily life so that others can get a picture into what home schooling looks like for one family.
Today the weather was beautiful and warm. I started the morning around 7am with ds4. Ds8 woke around 8:30 and ds6 around 10:30. Now, breakfast is planned for 8am and a snack at 10am, but we have to play those two by ear most days. I believe any person who can should sleep as late as they want. Eventually the responsibilities of life will get in the way of their sleep, so I do not begrudge my boys sleeping late when they have the choice.
We usually do our schooling in the afternoon but today I’d planned an egg hunt for the afternoon and the boys wanted a repeat of yesterday’s family baseball game. So, at 10am ds8 and I got started on school. Today ds8 (3rd grade) focused on Language Art Extensions–Elements of a Paragraph, and Math–Mass in the Metric System. It was a pretty easy day for him.
We were finished by 11:30am and the boys begged me to jump on the trampoline with them. I obliged. Around noon I gave them a snack (normally lunch time, but the schedule was off today) and ds6 and I got started on school.
Today he did Language Arts (1st grade)–i and silent E, Math (1st grade)–Zero as a Place Holder, Addition Strategies, and 1 Digit Word Problems. Science (2nd grade) was The Food Chain and Basic Needs of Animals. His day was more intense because he wasn’t feeling well yesterday and didn’t finish all of the day’s work.
Both boys did some reading and then I hid 56 plastic eggs plus 3 golden eggs for them to find. Afterward we played baseball and now dh has taken them to a softball game at the local university.
In between all of that I cleaned and did the mom thing (with three children close in age, you all know what *that* means) and we did unschooling. While on the trampoline we discussed the difference between meteors and asteriods. We talked about physics concepts that explained why I could bounce them very high and they could only bounce me if they all worked together. (I should probably start a diet blog.) We put together a model of the solar system that ds6 won for finding his golden egg. We discussed ROYGBIV just because it’s a fav subject around here, it seems. I mean, who doesn’t like rainbows, right?
Tommorow is preschool for ds4 (complete with an easter egg hunt and a party) and the first day of Art for Homeschoolers for this quarter for ds8 and ds6.
Happy New Year–a little late. We made it through the holiday season and were blessed with health, family fun and lots of presents under the tree. Ds8 and Ds6 each got a DSi for Christmas and it has proved to be an incredible motivator. I’ve never really had any problems getting them to do their school work but telling them that they can’t have media/electronic fun time before their school is finished has caused us to get started and finished with school faster than ever. Nice!
Changing the subject, I have been reminded several times per week one of the reasons why I am so glad that I home school my sons. From time to time Ds8 or Ds6 will prefer to stand beside the desk to do their work or stretch their legs during a lesson. Because I’m usually only dealing with one child at a time it’s not distracting. In a class room of 20-30 students there is no way a teacher could allow the students to stand up and do their work or walk around the lesson is being taught. It would bring utter chaos to the classroom. But, imnsho, children don’t need to be sitting still for more than very brief moments at a time. If my son can better concentrate on the lesson while standing up or walking around, then so be it.
The busy, busy season it is! We’re preparing for the holidays and I’m wrapping up the loose ends of this semester of grad school. We’re still trucking along doing Time4Learning and our language arts workbooks. Ds6 is reading daily and learning new words all the time. He asks what every word he sees is. I love this age! It’s so much fun to watch them wake up to words and reading. They realize that words are everywhere and reading is something to be enjoyed as well as a new way of discovering information about their world.
Ds6 has finished his Kindergarten work and is officially a 1st grader. Where we live he misses the public school birthday cut-off by a few weeks. I wonder how this will affect him if he chooses to go to public school someday?
I’m super proud of my little guy. He worked hard to complete the Kindy work and is reading and writing right on target. He’s great in math, too.
Ds6 is just days away from officially being a 1st grader. A few more math assignments and he’ll be there. Ds8 is right on schedule with his third grade work, too.
I have to be careful not to push too much since they are newly six and newly eight. I don’t want to get too far ahead. Then again, finishing the basics leaves time for exploring their specific interests during the summer months.
I am very excited to be getting a school room that will have no other purpose than school! We have four bedrooms and right now each child has his own room. In the master bedroom we have two queen beds.
Ds3 has been sleeping in one of the beds for over a month now. Around age three-four our boys have always shown interested in co-sleeping again whether it be with us or with their brother(s). He rarely plays in his room, either.
Ds6 and Ds8 have a “sleepover” every night on the floor of Ds6′s room. This is, of course, after we bought them all these super comfy, environmentally smart, organic mattresses. Ha! So, we’re moving all of the beds into Ds6′s room. He has a very large walk-in closet that easily fits all three dressers as well as everyone’s clothing. His room will become the boys’ bedroom. Maybe they’ll use those beds now?
Since Ds8′s room will be bed-less it will become the play room.
Everyone is excited about the change and I’m happy that I’ll have my dining room back as just a dining room.
Last week was filled with rain, rain, thunderstorms and more rain. Every single soccer and football practice was canceled. On Friday, ds3′s soccer coach held a makeup practice. On Saturday we had soccer opening ceremonies and ds8 and ds3 each had a game. Of course, there is no score keeping but ds3 scored two goals and his team won . . .er, made the most goals. Ds8′s team also won and the boys at that age make no apologies about keeping score, whether or not the coaches are allowed. LOL
Ds6 is flying through his Kindy work. He’ll be finished with it by mid-October and while he’s still working through his “100 Words Kids Need to Read by 1st Grade” workbook, I’m going to consider him a first grader once he finishes his core Kindy work. I’m so proud of him.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of soccer for ds8 and ds3. Ds5′s first game is on Tuesday. I’m still waiting to hear more details about ds8′s football league. I’m not sure how we’re going to work it in but I’m hopeful.
Ds5 has finished his Kindy Language Arts and we’ll concentrate on Kindy Math more intensely before going to the Kindy Language Arts extensions. Ds8 is sailing through his 3rd math and going a little more slowly through his LA. Ds3 loves preschool and so far the only issue is that he plays too rough with his “best fweind!” who also has older brothers. His teacher is an angel and is more amused by them than upset but is nipping the rough play in the bud now before someone gets hurt. They aren’t allowed to sit beside each other. As she was telling this and assuring me that ds3 is a sweet, helpful boy he was jumping off the third step up and giggling while his older brothers urged him to be careful. This one has NO fear. He can’t. He has to keep up with the brothers!
Art for Homeschoolers started on Thursday and ds8 and ds5 loved it. Ds5 did his project almost completely in green–his favorite color. Ds8 used all the colors of the rainbow that he could fit on the paper–just as he’s been doing since preschool. I love it.
Today was ds3′s first day back to preschool. He loved it, of course. He’s in “for real” preschool as we jokingly call it when our boys have graduated out of the two-mornings-per-week Mom’s Morning Out and into 3-mornings-per-week preschool. This year he had the option of going 4 days but I chose the three day option. I’m just not ready for him to be away from me that much. Also, he’s starting soccer this year and with our crazy Fall schedule that extra day would be overkill, I’m afraid. He already needs to start napping again because it seems nearly impossible to get him bed early enough to counteract his early waking. lol
Homeschooling is going well with ds8 and ds5. We’ve recently visited a very gracious local homeschooling family who invited our homeschool group over to see some baby chicks. The boys loved the experience!
Soon we will have our annual back-to-school get together with the homeschool group. I’m excited for that because this year it is my goal to have the boys meet as many other homeschool children as possible. Last year was all about getting it together and getting into our groove as a homeschool family and now we have time to “socialize”. Hee hee! I couldn’t resist . . .