Saturday, February 6, 2010

How we do flashcards

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I used to pooh-pooh flashcards.  Making them was time consuming considering how long they were used.  And then...I had a child who needed repetition.  I found that having her go through flashcards with basic information (ex: addition math facts) each morning helped turn on her brain for the day.

Yes, we have used the standard homemade 3x5 index cards and the pre-printed multiplication flashcards.  For homemade flashcards you don't usually need a full size 3x5 card, yet it is a pain to cut them in half.  I have come up with what I think is a better way to do/store flashcards - a Rolodex.  I copy questions from the science or history chapter we are studying and write the answer on the opposite side so that it is readable (upside down).  It is as easy as reading the question and then flipping the card forward.  No tracking down stacks of flashcards all over the house, they are in one place - on the Rolodex. 

FYI, writing them out is still time consuming.  I've also switched to blank cards. 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Who is the problem?

Hard to admit but true.  If school ain't happening it's mama's fault.  If I don't have it together, of course my kids are going to quietly slink off and find something else to do.  They are children.

This weekend I planned school for the week and today I attempted to stick to the plan.  Result? 
  • 7yo - whining.  
  • 11yo wailing and gnashing of teeth.  
  • 14yo - rebelled by ignoring most of the list and played RuneScape instead of doing school work.
 The 14yo almost sent me over the edge into an emotional rant.  This is my child who is compliant for the most part.  In other words, she learned long ago to fly under the radar which has allowed her to do what she wants.  I bit my tongue and put myself in time out.  

I feel calmer and ready to jump in the trenches again tomorrow.  I expect more whining, wailing, gnashing of teeth, and rebellious attitudes.  And if I get better behavior?  I'll be pleasantly surprised.