Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pushing through

School with the 9yo:

Today I didn't want to do science.  We did science.
Today I didn't want to do spelling.  We did spelling.
Today I didn't want to do writing.  We did writing.

Some days are like that.  You have to push through and do it.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Yay! and Boo!

Yay! (or however you spell it)
Today I taught my 9yo to borrow from the tens' place and it went much better than I had hoped for.  Does she understand what she was doing? I have no idea.  I used coins (dimes and pennies) to demonstrate the first few problems.  She quickly picked up the procedure but we'll have to wait to see if she actually understands what she is doing.

And now for the Boo!
I can't buy anymore homeschool books for a long while.  Sigh. 
Here's the story.  I bought some books from the Core Knowledge Foundation and immediately felt guilty ($$). I didn't really need them.  I wanted them.  This led to looking into the state of our finances.  I have had my head in the sand for a long time.  It was a shock to see how much we overspent in the past year.  We haven't been living within our means.  It made me ill because I knew that part of this is my tendency to justify purchases.
When Wednesday's package arrives it will be the last big hurrah.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

And the beat goes on....

"Drums keep pounding rhythm to the brain."

If we keep drilling it's going to stick, right?  The focus for 9yo is the three R's.

Here's a typical day:
Put frogs on the refrigerator - addition math facts to 10
Put bees on their clover - addition math facts 11-18
R&S Math 2 - four worksheets while Mom works with older sister.  Currently on lesson 84.  Mastering math fact - 13, it's parts are 9 and 4.
Math flashcards - addition and multiplication (1s, 2s, 10s, 11s, adding 3's, 5's, and 7's)
R&S Math 3 with Mom - work ALL problems on a chalkboard.  Currently on lesson 23.  Mostly review of grade 2.

R&S English 2 - one lesson done orally.  Learning about proper nouns.
Grammar Minutes worksheet (test prep)

R&S Bible Nurture and Reader Series 1 Unit 4 - review words from previous lessons and  read one story.  Currently reading about Abraham.
Daily Reading Comprehension worksheet (test prep)

All About Spelling - focusing on learning all the vowel sounds.  "O" is quite tricky with four sounds.  The CD is a big help.

Writing with Ease 1 (WWE) - week 4

Nancy Larson Science 1 - we are usually fried by the time we reach science and it is a nice way to end the day.  Much more fun than drill!

Having her do school with mom first is working out much better for everyone.  She still isn't thrilled but at least she isn't frustrated either.

Latin - re-watching Lively Latin 1 videos and filling in the first test.  She knows this information well. :)

R&S Math 7 - Rod & Staff schedules one lesson per day (170 total).  We've always done one lesson per day.  If 13yo is catching on easily, I have her do even or odd numbered problems with the new material and all review problems.  Math has never been her strength and she is starting to bog down.  I've decided to spread her lessons over two days.  She will do odd problems one day and even the next.  There is no rush as I can't see her moving to Algebra any time soon.  She needs to master basic math.

English/Writing - We are re-reading the lessons in R&S English 5 that she has completed.  She is writing down the basic information from each lesson to make a personal grammar notebook.
She has started Writing With Skill 1 (WWS).  We are only in the beginning stages, so I don't know if we'll need to back up to WWE or not.

Christian Studies 1 (Memoria Press) - We read the Golden Children's Bible then we move on to the same story in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.  We read additional scripture that we have available to us as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I read the notes to her from the teacher's manual and we discuss the differences in doctrine.  We are having some great discussions!  I believe this is laying a strong foundation for her New Testament studies next school year (early morning seminary).

Loop subjects:
K12s The Human Odyssey - starting on the Vikings.

Core Knowledge K Teacher Handbook - We are reading from this for American History, Art, and Science with the purpose of filling gaps.  It is background information for the teacher so we are definitely learning more than kindergarten level information.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Tears = Change/Solution

I can only do one thing at a time.  Obviously this causes problems when you homeschool more than one  child.

A few days ago, 13yo was having a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."  After a hug and a few tears, I figured out that she was frustrated due to waiting on mom all day.

Solution.  13yo now gets to do school first while 9yo does her math worksheets.  We finally feel productive.

Monday, January 2, 2012

School tomorrow? Be afraid!

Right after Christmas I was recovering from a bug that sent me into coughing fits when another bug hit.  And then there was this other thing that happened at the same time (ladies, ya know what I mean).  I didn't feel terrible but I was definitely sick.  The next day I felt "flat."  This is a type of depression that hits me occasionally.  It wasn't as bad this time as it has been in the past, so I was just waiting it out.  It usually passes within 24 hours.  The next day I woke up with a stiff neck and spent half the day in bed with a heating pad.  I still didn't think of myself as being that sick, but today?  I realized the weak wobbily feeling I had been ignoring was real.  I couldn't stand in one place without swaying.  My thigh muscles feel weak and my brain doesn't seem to be functioning as well.  I can't think.  I'm not exhausted.  There just isn't any energy. 

Sitting here in bed recovering from going grocery shopping and the thought hit me that we will be doing a full school schedule tomorrow.  Goodness, gracious me!  I do not know how I'm going to pull this off tomorrow in addition to driving 16yo to early morning seminary.