In my life this week… we’ve celebrated a big birthday! Ben is now 6. We had a party and a family party. I have been struggling with how to organize and plan both my life and our homeschool. With my own work about to kick back into gear, I realized that none of the methods I currently used were going to work for me with two kids in homeschool. So, I’ve adjusted. Each kid has his/her own planner page for the unit/week and I have resurrected my Dayrunner from the depths of my old work boxes (from when I used to physically go places to teach) and have reconfigured it to work for my new life. At least I think I have. We’ll see. I also attended a webinar by Amy McCready on why time outs don’t work. As a result, P and I decided to take her parenting course at Positive Parenting Solutions. We’re hoping that it will make us a stronger family and better parents.
In our homeschool this week… it’s been a pretty intense struggle with the 1st grader. He is not liking the increased level of work that comes with being in first grade and he does not like that Katie gets attention for her schoolwork. He’s used to being the only school kid and sharing attention, time, and resources is proving to be a significant struggle for him. Katie has been working on the alphabet using the book:
We’re using ideas from Cara at Peanuts Are Evil though we are modifying them to suit Katie or changing them up entirely depending on the moods of those involved.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… we’ve spent a significant amount of time at the Y. We also went to the grocery store on Ben’s birthday to pick up some forgotten ingredients for his cake. He enjoyed thanking the bakers for his party cake and answering the man who asked him what school he goes to (though he did ask me in the car why people ALWAYS ask him that). Ben had a swimming lesson this afternoon that could have been better, but was not the worst he’s ever had and he had a play date with a friend who we enjoy. Katie had her very first dance class today. At first, I really thought she was going to refuse to do it, but she edged over to the rest of the girls and by the end of the class, she was a part of the class, which was so great to see. She informed me that she has to wear her dancing dress next week. She refused this week and wore shorts, a t-shirt, tights, and her ballet shoes. All the other little girls were wearing dancing dresses, and she wants to wear hers now, too.
My favorite thing this week was … Doing a letter hunt with Katie. When we cleaned up the living room for Ben’s birthday party, we dumped all of her puzzle pieces into two baskets and figured we’d sort them out later. Since she has a couple of alphabet puzzles, we picked one of them and then Katie searched through her baskets to find all the letters. She doesn’t like the feel of sand (or other gritty things) on her fingers on her fingers so traditional sensory bins don’t tend to work for her.
What’s working/not working for us… We’re changing up math, again, because something just not working with RightStart (and it may be that it’s not working with me more than it’s not working with him). We’re going to try the elementary series of Life of Fred. Apples arrived today. I’m excited and I hope that he likes it as much as I think he will. We’re also struggling with All About Spelling, but I think I’ve figured out why, so we’re going to change up the approach to it and try again. We’ll see. One thing that is working for us is using a “word of the week” and focusing on what it means. Our words of the week are related to character, and it’s a great way to segue into the kinds of things that we want Ben (and Katie) to think about as they grow. So far, we’ve used “considerate” and “trust.” Not sure what the next word of the week is going to be, so if you have suggestions, please share.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have… I’m constantly on the hunt for good character training books/life skills books that aren’t super-religious. While we are a religious family, we do not necessarily want our son to think that any job is “woman’s work” or our daughter to think that there are things she cannot do because she’s a girl. Any suggestions?
A photo, video, link, or quote I want to share… Trees were clearly part of the theme this week. Ben made a mustard seed tree as part of his Telling God’s Story curriculum. Katie made a coconut tree, of sorts, to go with her Chicka Chicka Boom Boom work this week.
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