Lets start a homeschool chat thread. It may or may not be homeschool related. How are you all doing?
Today I was super excited because my oldest daughter entered a drawing contest for the Fresh Market a few weeks ago and today they called and said she won. We got to take her to the store for her $50 gift certificate. She walked around the store picking out different things to buy. So cool.
We did our first day today, and as we had some car troubles over the summer we haven't bought curriculum yet (we will be getting it next week.) I do have a ton of worksheets and stuff, so we are working those.
BUT TODAY WAS TERRIBLE! I cried, he cried.
He hates writing, and this is partially my fault, as we let him do mostly whatever he wants with the computer. So it took an hour to do one worksheet of writing skills. Math went marginally better, but he got in trouble for sticking the pencil up his nose (where he gets this stuff from I have no idea.) He loves anything science and we are doing a quick unit study on animals and habitats before we get the book, so that went well. We also started grade 1 hooked on phonics, which we have been working on sporadically throughout the summer, and he acts like he can't do any of it, until I write it on the white board then he can read whatever word super fast... I think he is trying to drive me insane
I think tomorrow will be better, he is going to sleep until a normal time(he woke up at 6 am, normally sleeps until , and DH wont be here to distract DS.
Tuesday Update, its still early and today is already going much better.
Last edited by MJDttc; 09-04-2012 at 10:06 AM.
OOO I forgot we have a felt board on the back of our white board (its like an easel type arrangement), I don't know what I would do with it though, the only felt lessons I remember were from Sunday school...
I think DH playing he games in the other room that was most distracting for DS, because while DH was at work today he did FANTASTICALLY! He didn't argue, he even did the writing worksheet that took him nearly an hour yesterday (yesterday was A, today was B) in about 10 minutes today. I feel much better about the decision to home school after today....
I survived our first week!.. well.. WE survived it.
Jacob doesn't like writing, either. He's 3rd grade and ADHD and gets distracted. But he doesn't like writing for any subject. Answering questions verbally he gets it, and then I say "okay, write that down" and he starts whining and begging to not have to write. I have looked at the way he holds his pencil and I think it's actually physically painful for him! I have NO clue how to fix his position!!! I've tried, but he keeps reverting. *sigh*
Anyone have any clues?? He's at the age where every subject requires a written response and he's starting to get into essay writing in Language Arts.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Rocks In My Dryer: Works For Me: Teaching a Child To Hold a Pencil
I do not know if this works or not, but it is worth trying. I am having the same problem with my middle daughter only in reading. She can do it, but does not love it like her older sister. I am just hoping as she gets better she will like it more.
I would have to say there are just some things in life we have to do that we do not love, and school work is one of them. Can you break the writing up? My oldest gets sore hands too, so I rotate what she is doing. Writing with reading or none hand things through out the day.
That's what I'm doing right now (breaking up the writing). But he has to do so much of it. Last week he had to write a 5 paragraph character description. He did it 1 paragraph at a time and had a 10 minute break between paragraphs. His teacher sent me a "helping hands" page on exercising your hands and tricks to make the pencil stay in the right place and such.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
5 paragraphs! that is crazy... ok my kids are even older, but 5 paragraphs. My kids would have a huge fit if they had to do it in one day, that is scary for a little one.. maybe by 5th gradeish, I will get them to do that. Right now we do copy work, they write shorter stories, I sometimes have them write more, but usually accept their story as is, then sometimes we rewrite and correct spelling/grammar.. sometimes we don't. It works for us, and the boys still love learning and creating.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
Yeah, he complains even if he has to COPY a 4 letter word. It's sad. I feel bad for him. I also think that 5 paragraphs is a bit much. I'm learning that LA is controversially a big, time consuming, subject with CA (Connections Academy).
I am sincerely doubting he's gonna finish on time today. He's been "delaying" everything he possibly can this morning. He kept needing to use the bathroom, get water, a snack, etc. It took him 1 hour do write 4 sentences, watch a 5 minute video (more that once cause he "didn't get it the first time"), and listen to a 5 minute story. *sigh* and we have to take baby sister to the doc at 3:30.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01