Tuesday, April 27, 2010

School Day.

Once breakfast is put away each morning and the house gets tidied up, it is time to begin the schoolwork for the day. The older boys are good about getting their math books and getting started. The girls put it off and hope I won't notice. (I always do!)

Although we usually start at the kitchen table, sometimes the kids spread out to other rooms due to distractions from the others. Sometimes a certain child IS the distraction and then he/she just moves/is moved to another room.Sometimes I am the distraction, like, when I walk around with my camera clicking while they are trying to work...The nice thing about home schooling is that, with everyone in close proximity, the younger kids pick up some of what the older kids are learning. Even the chickens seem to want to be exposed to higher learning.

I have three in second grade and Ivy and Vitali are in a kind of Pre-K sort of thing. Ivy has been doing well and all of the sudden is showing that she is ready to start reading! Vitali, not so much. He still has a hard time sitting still! He is mostly interested in World Domination right now and would rather not be bothered with letter sounds and how they go together.

Although, sometimes he works quite diligently on his papers. He is easily encouraged by a few "Good Work!" stars scrawled beside his meticulously crafted letters.

And then there's Annette:
My little Annie speeds through her math but groans at the thought of too much writing in her language book. Schoolwork comes easily for her but she finds writing to be a tedious task. I see her eyes quickly develop red-rims when a page requires her to "write six sentences about..." Poor Annette. :-)

Misha usually works at the table but today went off to his room. As soon as I took this picture, I made a mental note to have the boys tidy their bedroom after school time. As soon as I walked out of the room, I forgot. It took a couple of days for me to remember.
School will be done in about a month. We finish the end of May. I CANNOT WAIT!!! I know I will have to keep up somewhat with the boys over the summer. Max and Misha still struggle so much with school and Max has a lot of catching up to do but it will be nice to have the daily grind behind us!


Mike and Christie said...

Loved this post. :)
Loved Hannah's face..... LOL

We will be schooling through June.
Typically just take off July and part of August...and then 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week at Easter.

I really think this year, the girls will read through their summer!

I remember you telling me that you didn't really teach spelling to Hannah. Our Anna struggles with spelling. I have noticed that since she has really taken off on reading, and cannot be found without a book, she has also taken off in spelling! I am so relieved!

Erika is just starting to like reading, but I still have to read her word problems in math to her slowly. Computation fine. Interpretation is another story. :)

Love having chickens again!

Melissa E. said...

Christie, I have the same problem with word problems with both of the older boys, particularly Misha. I have started having them draw a picture, or at least attempt to, of what the story problem says. For instance, Yesterday Misha's problem said, "Jane, Dick and Harry (Names changed to protect the innocent) each drew nine wildflowers....
So he drew nine pictures of nine wildflowers. Ahhh... so that's where he was going wrong! But then I had him put the names with the pictures to help him better visualize where he was going wrong. That helped a lot except that it didn't help until I showed him that he could cross out and disregard the extra pictures. :-/
It's a sloooowwww process sometimes!

rachel said...

The kids look like they have really grown in these photos. Our last day of school should land on May 28th. This week has been all testing. Homeschooling has been great this year, but right now... my brain says we are finished...one...more...month..!

Beth Laurie said...

I see the boys are sporting their summer hairdos:)