Thursday, September 17, 2009

Small Successes Volume 35

1) In spite of a few outbursts of impatience on my part, the school week, in my opinion, has been a success. I think the kids are actually learning something in Geography and History--subjects which in the past often fell by the wayside. This years success is in part due to Marilyn's extraordinary organizational skills and also due to success number two, which is

2) I am overcoming my need to stick pedantically to the books. In Saxon Math I have begun to mark off which problems I want Una to do, and I let her skip what I know she knows. This means that unlike last year, math never takes her over an hour to do, and she often is done with it in 30 minutes.

3) We did fun stuff this week! Crafts and art and collages for feast days and for Geography. The kids love it and so do I. If you don't have bits of paper and glitter-glue stuck to your floor, you aren't really making the most of homeschooling! Why should all the fun only be for the little kids?

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4 comments:

  1. We're using Saxon math, too (just kindergarten here). I really wanted to just follow the plan because it's so much easier, but First Son was definitely bored (one to one correspondence and counting to five? He can count to 100!), so I took a leap and skipped some lessons. Math was fun for the first time in two weeks (for both of us). We still added to the lesson (I couldn't resist counting by twos), but I think we can follow the next couple at least. I'm so glad to hear you're skipping unnecessary grunt work!

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  2. If you don't have bits of paper and glitter-glue stuck to your floor, you aren't really making the most of homeschooling!

    Amen, sister! Glad your week has been a success...God bless you!

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  3. Only one hand to write Nadja - but just to say I had a really cool artistic week too - did lots of projects with the kids - my kangaroo sketch was good - despite what my sixth grade art teacher said about my drawing skills!!!

    One of the best perks about homeschooling is drawing a line through Math lessons you do not like or getting to skip Saxon problems - glad you have got there!!!

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