It’s been slow going and a little rough around the edges in some spots but we seem to be getting back into the homeschooling groove again. It helps that our activities have started up. Music, Phys-Ed, and now they’ve started swimming lessons. We have a Junior Forest Warden over night event this weekend. And, yes, we’ve even gone back to Math, Language Arts, etc. That’s where the rough spots were. I don’t know if we’ll take so much time off next holiday. Three full weeks has a way of promoting forgetfulness and now we’re in review mode. Not just educationally.
R seems to be going back to some of his old ways in terms of defiance. When we first began our homeschooling journey three years ago we struggled. If he didn’t want to do something then I had a very hard time getting him to do it. That’s why I put him into the part-time homeschooling program (school 2 days/week and I homeschooled the rest of the time) for the past two years. He had definite structure there, and a teacher he didn’t cross. At home, I’d simply say, “Do you get away with this behaviour at school? Do you treat Mrs. So and So this way? No? Well, you won’t here either, Mister.” And it seemed to work. On Tuesday, I found myself saying those words again. He was crying and carrying on because I’d assigned him a page of multiplication facts to complete. I’m so mean, aren’t I? Yes, I’ll pull out some games and such to make the tedious task of memorizing the multiplication table more fun, but in the meantime I shouldn’t have to put up with this behavior. Right? I
try to make homeschooling fun, but sometimes you’ve just gotta sit down at a table and fill in a boring worksheet. Welcome to the real world, kid, where not everyone is dancing around trying to entertain you! We all have aspects of our jobs etc. that we don’t like. Some boring task that we just have to get through. Even if it’s our dream job.
Whew. I seemed to have slipped into a rant there. 🙂 Anyhoo, my point is that we’re getting back into it. R has a friend coming over this afternoon (if he doesn’t pull any nonsense!!). So, we have to get at our school stuff a bit earlier. We’re doing a Language Arts project called Sound City. I showed a PICTURE of it awhile back. We haven’t done much with it for awhile and now we’re picking it up again. It’s a fun way to learn phonics.
Have great day, everyone.