Back to the Daily Grind
So this morning was our first day back ‘in school’. It went much better than I was expecting. We got a nice, early start, and amazingly had very little of the adjustment-struggle that has usually peppered our first day back… though come to think of it, it’s the second day that’s usually more painful. I guess we’ll see!
We started out with Math & Handwriting. We’re not using a real math curriculum right now, we’re just drilling multiplication tables with LittleBoyBlue and still working on place value with PeaGreen. Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE place value? My poor baby is struggling so much to get this, so we work on it for a day or two then go to something else and then come back to it.
LittleBoyBlue is working on cursive. Loverly Husband and I disagree on teaching cursive. I think we should, he does not. He’s a printer, and so does not see the value in it, especially with the increasing reliance on typing… but since I’m doing the lesson planning, we’re doing cursive. One of the moms of SecularHomeschool.com’s forums mentioned that cursive helped her dc with word spacing and the size of the writing; I’m hoping that we see similar results.
We worked on our Constitution lapbook (I’ll have the page up on that soon) and a few worksheets that we did orally. I think that had a lot to do with how easy the day was overall. Instead of having them write, write, write, I let them tell me and I wrote it down. It’s hard as a parent to know how much you should push when it comes to something like that. I know that if they were in the classroom, they’d probably have to write more than they do at home. But their enthusiasm and participation is so much better when they’re not struggling to write. we have yet to find just the right balance, but I suppose we still have time.
We’re starting their Love Notes Journal today, so I’m interested to see how involved the boys will be in that. I also found StoryBird.org, courtesy of FreelyEducate’s Facebook page. That is a neat little site! PeaGreen used to love writing his spelling words into a story and illustrating it. This is a neat way to do that – and more. I’m looking forward to introducing the kids to it.
All in all, a really great first day back 🙂