This was a difficult, tear-filled week for my emotional first grader. For his privacy, I won’t go in to details. For my own, I’ll add that this is an intensely personal post.
As the screams and tears continued from one day to the next, I found myself wondering, however, if for my sanity I needed to send him to school. Let someone else deal with the ups and downs for the day. I could handle the night if I could just get a break during the day.
But I realized quickly that this would solve nothing. He would still struggle to deal with the issues at hand, but he would be far from me. I would not know. Beyond not knowing, though, I would not be learning the patience and love that I learn by having him here with me.
There is a reason I am a mother. It is for in these moments of trial that I learn and improve myself as well. Continue reading
Today’s Teaching with Technology post focuses on how we use Google Earth. I say I use it for “our homeschool,” but really, I just let my son play with it and explore the world. Maybe next year I’ll give him more specific assignments. There are so many tools as a part of this program!
Google Earth is a desktop application, but it also can be downloaded to tablets and phones. Visiting the website will give you lots of information about where you can access it. There is even a separate site for educators!
I’ve mentioned that I purchased a laminator. It is so much fun. For List it Tuesday (at Many Little Blessings and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers), I thought I’d share the first five things I have laminated. This is just the first few days! I can tell, there will be far more coming and many more already added to it (such as yesterday’s game). Continue reading
One of the things I love about my son’s math curriculum (Miquon Math) is the thoroughness with which it addresses the building blocks and relationships between different mathematical concepts. I love the emphasis on hands-on learning (such as using the centimeter rods to help grasp a concept) and, although the majority of the curriculum book seems at first glance to be worksheet-based, I feel that with my help we make the concepts fun, clear, and a whole lot more interesting than math was back in my school days.
Case in point: in my third grade daily school journal, pretty much every entry ends with “I like Mrs. Gray” (my teacher) and “I hate math.” Some journal entries were just a simple “I hate math.” We must have written in our journals right after math? At any rate, I’ve always disliked it.
Learning math from the beginning as I teach my son, however, has been fun. I better see the connections. I love, also, how he was exposed to both multiplication and division as concepts in the first grade book! We are now at the beginning of the first half of the second grade books, and we’re back to multiplication again. But when I pulled out a worksheet last week, he panicked and froze. He couldn’t do this, he insisted.
I realized it was time to change things up. Continue reading
I cannot believe it is already time for another week in review. This week has been fun! I am still enjoying a much more relaxed homeschool, and it is doing great things for my stress levels. I believe Raisin enjoys it too. This week can be summarized as “PLAY” Continue reading
It’s time for another Teaching with Technology post, and this week I’m featuring a YouTube channel I have found. Minute Physics give just moments to basic and not so basic subjects. Continue reading
By this point in the year, you may be feeling a bit burned out with a curriculum you choose back in September. Maybe your crayons are all broken and the printer is out of ink. Maybe your kid is ready for the next reading level of books. At any rate, it just might be time to restock (or at least dream!) about things that we need!
Today is a day for teachers near and far to share what is on our wishlists with each other. What do you want for your homeschool or classroom? It can be a physical item, a educational resource, an item you wish you could find…anything that you are wishing for! Scroll to the bottom of the post to join the linky! Continue reading
This week has been full of distractions! I can’t say we got much school done, but it was a great week for learning, so I am not too worried. I keep telling myself that Raisin is already ahead for his age, so why rush through thing just to say we did?
That said, I need to refocus on planning my week a little bit more. It might be a little less difficult in the midst of the week if it was planned to begin with! Continue reading