This week as been about as productive—and UNproductive—as it could have possibly been. I thought we were going to get a good start, stick to doing school first thing in the morning, keep myself on track, etc., but it only took one major thing to throw us off completely. First thing Monday morning, our sump pump motor died, resulting in a small basement flood, and a lot of stress and expense. We spent two entire days with very limited water use (and we had to dump all water used for cooking, cleaning or drinking outside) and no toilet flushing!! No fun. And no school got done that day either. Tuesday wasn’t much better.
Something I had been waiting for, a review product, came in the mail. I am at the point where I don’t like to do reviews much, and I will begin charging a fee for them, but this particular one is one I was interested in and when it was offered to me, I took it. It’s called Times Tales, and I will have a review up about it shortly. The boys have been working through the Times Tales DVD and flashcards, and they are really enjoying it so far! That makes me happy.
After a frustrating couple of weeks with the boys’ grammar I was able to pinpoint the trouble: They don’t know the prepositions by heart. Easy Grammar takes what they call the “prepositional approach”. They find the prepositional phrases in each sentence, remove them, and then they are easily able to isolate the rest of the parts of speech. I love it because it IS easy. I was doubting my choice because of their struggles. Then I had a brilliant idea. Yes, I can call my own ideas brilliant.
I’m the Mom, that’s why.
I went to the homeschooler’s ultimate help source— YouTube, and I found this:
We also watched an oldie but a goodie. For everyone who grew up in the 70’s and graduated in the 80’s, Schoolhouse Rock has got to be the most prevalent memory of Saturday morning cartoons, right?!
There were a few other videos but these are the two best that we found. They have watched the first one four times over the past three days and you know what? They have those prepositions almost completely memorized!
D1 is still struggling when it comes to math. Not the math so much as the desire to DO math. He is pushing for a computer curriculum for math, and I began the placement testing process for Switched on Schoolhouse. He LOVES the tests! Weird, I know! I am going to look for a second-hand SOS Math (4th & 5th, both) program for him. For the time being he is still using Math U See, which I love and am very partial to, after 13 years.
We’ve been having a lot of fun with Science Odyssey! So far we’ve done several labs, all of which actually turned out GOOD, and the boys are absorbing science! We are within just a couple days of finishing our first unit, on Weather. Our next one is The Water Cycle, and that will definitely be fun! I’m SO glad I listened to Kris at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers! (Kris, you’re awesome, and I’m not just sayin’ that. I can’t wait to see you again—at Relevant!)
We’re currently reading through the Book of Ephesians, having finished Galatians on Monday. The boys’ reading has improved SO MUCH since we began doing this every morning. We alternate who reads by paragraph and it is working out really well. On top of that, D1 has taken to reading chapter books, finally! He has read two Magic Treehouse books in the past week, Vacation Under the Volcano, and Viking Ships at Sunrise. He even passed the BookAdventure quizzes for both! They go right along with our Middle Ages study too. D2 still isn’t to be talked into the whole pick-up-a-book-and-read thing yet, but I am looking for the right material for him. I’ll find it.
Discipline is my biggest struggle right now. I have slipped back into late start mornings and that is NOT good! A couple of days we started between 9-9:30, but others not until 10:30-11 and this doesn’t work out very well as far as getting things done go. This is something that I need to get a handle on myself, because my kids certainly aren’t lined up like good little students at 9am, waiting for the learning to begin! It has to begin with me.
How was YOUR week?
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