Wednesday, August 1, 2007

School

Well, today was the first day of school for the kids. We started homeschooling now to get a jump on figuring out how we are going to do it. Amilia needs to read better so we have been working on phonics with her and Nathan wants to do more math, so he did math. Then we read some about Jamestown and then the kids drew pictures and wrote sentences about the story. They are asking about "recess" and "going to lunch"...I have to break them of the public school mind set. Though they are excited about our field trip tomorrow. We have to get new tires on the van and they think that will be fun...
They "went to school" this morning in their pj's...they thought that was fun. We only spent two hours working, but that was enough. My biggest challenge right now is going to be getting Amilia to sit still and Nathan to be able to work when I am teaching Amilia. Nathan found the noise "distracting", so Amilia and I went to another room but he "can still hear you!". Nathan has been able to work by himself once I start him but he does not alway stay on task. We have to work on some insentives to get him to work. Until Amilia can read I have to really work with her.
Tomorrow we work on cursive writing (they both can do together), more of Jamestown and some worksheets I picked up today. Eventually I will be ordering a curriculum but right now we do not have the money to do it so we are working with what we have and what I find on line.
They both continuously ask questions...many that I do not have the answers for but we are learning places on line that we can look things up. All kinds of fun!

2 comments:

Amity said...

Great idea to start now and get the routines started now. They will feel so accomplished when the other kids are back in school and they are "ahead".

I want to help you with resources. What grade levels are the kids? I am doing k-5th grade curriculum all month and can send you links to the best stuff I find (as long as you promise to do the same!)

Also, you should make a blog for the kids to journal their school experience. Also will give them computer skills. YOU log in and get them thru the password, they don't do that. Then start really simply--one sentence or two on "school today". Eventually they will be writing more and adding pictures and you will see how they organize their ideas.

Just a thought from your geeked out sis who loves ya!!!! And misses ya!!!!

Johanna's Family said...

Hey thanks Amity...but I think we will be sending the kids to school...
It has been rough trying to get the kids to focus and working 36 hours a week (over night!). I went to the school yesterday and got all the paperwork, but have not yet filled it out and brought it back. I am still ambivilant about it. Amilia will start on a new ADHA medication on Monday and Nathan will be on the one he has been on...maybe we will be able to do it when they are properly medicated (that sounds sooo bad!). But, still send the links, I may still homeschool. If I can go to part time with my work...The Blog for the kids sounds like a great idea, maybe we will start on it next week. From your blog, sounds like things are going great! Sounds like a place I want to move to! Love you!