A blessing and a bane. I began relying on workbooks for grammar a month or so ago. Found a very nice Scholastic Success with Grammar that gave me confidence that we were actually covering things we should be covering. Only problem is, too many workbooks are boring. And whether St. Nick will do them or not depends entirely upon his mood and my fortitude. Not that I have to sit him down and force him to do a workbook page. He rather likes them, on occasion. But I, dumbly, planned three or four workbook pages (different subjects - math, grammar, spelling, something else) for today and he's not having a workbooky sort of day.
He's standing here pouting about having to trace numbers. But kiddo, your handwriting is atrocious! Okay, so is mine. It may well be inherited. But by golly I'm the teacher-mom and I need to at least try to have him surpass my shortcomings. Right?
How did commenting on workbooks get to this? I have no idea. I just feel the need to write something right now. But, alas, Little Fish is up from his Fire Fighters movie. No more Musings from me.
The short of it: Scholastic "Success for..." workbooks are great. I bought (at Bargain Books) the big bound set for 1st and 2nd grades which are even in color. Cool! Not that I'll use all the sheets, but it's nice to have something fun to toss down on the table that I know will advance learning at the same time. If anything, it's useful to me as a reminder of what I should be teaching. "Oh, yes. Nouns are Naming Words!" It's been a while since I was in 1st grade.
September's Ivy Kids box (made possible by our Hamilton Schools homeschool partnership!) featured Chicka Chicka 123, a book about counting! My first surprise: the format sent was a board book.
This is our first year working with a partner public school for a few fun educational extras. My favorite addition? The subscription boxes! Sure, foreign language is fun, and art (things the older kiddos are doing through the school), but what's better than your own personal activity kit, new every month? I have a thing for subscription boxes, I'll admit.
How we made our downloadable timeline figures super cute!
When it comes to homeschool technique I've tried everything. Work boxes? Tried it. Digital planners with printed-out schedules? Been there. Pre-planned curriculum packages that cover all subjects? Done it. Totally online learning like Easy Peasy? Yup. The non-homeschool option: Public/Charter school? Yes, even that.
And no matter what I did, every day was a whirlwind of...
Last summer I went a little nutty. See, I was SO excited that our curriculum recommended a timeline. SO SO excited that timeline figures came with it. Until ... I opened the packaging. The timeline figures were ... ugly. So I made ancient history timeline figures using classic art! And now I'm sharing them with you, free!
I used to hate read-alouds. My neck would get tense, my throat would feel stiff and sore and my voice would hurt. (And if you say a voice cannot hurt, I assure you, it can.) Here's my story of how diagnosing and treating Hashimoto's changed my life in an unexpected way.
In honor of the last week of our homeschool co-op, I'm going to give you an inside peek at what we do all day. Like the reason I don't answer the phone, respond to emails, keep my house clean (enough), and say "No" to (almost) every invitation. Because when I answer the phone, respond to emails, clean the house, or volunteer for whatever-the-h@ll-someone-thinks-I-ought-to-have-time-to-do-since-I'm-just-a-stay-at-home-mom...
At least once in any lifetime we'll meet someone who instantaneously irritates every nerve in our bodies...
For several years we sort-of-happily used Tapestry of Grace as our main humanities curriculum. Until the sort-of became not-very and slid into not-at-all.
So in typical Me fashion, my first order of business after deciding to homeschool was to obsessively organize, plan, and pretty much avoid thinking about what I would actually be doing every day.