Wrap Up, Weeks 8 – 12…ish?

In CategoryAdventure, Home Schooling

Weeks 8 and 9:

We drove from  Michigan to Colorado. We drove from Colorado to Oregon.

Actually, you know what? I just realize that I can’t count these as school weeks, because we didn’t do any school.

Brilliant, that’s what I am.

Weeks 10 and 11 8 and 9:

Feeling the pressure, man. People can’t just not do schoolwork for weeks on end.

Big is working through Second Grade Math with a surprisingly better attitude. After two weeks with no practice, he had a rough start back, at one point telling me that 8+7 = 11, which I am reasonably sure is not correct. However, after I told him I was going to start printing extra practice sheets off the internet if he didn’t get it together, he took the Chapter 5 test and only missed one. Chapter 6 was review-ish, so I let him test out of the bookwork (teaching autonomy fist pump), and we are now in Chapter 8 trying to master carrying the 1.

Although… how to form letters and numbers is apparently up for discussion again. I can’t even. It’s so annoying. Do you know how long I have been dealing with this nonsense? YOU MUST MAKE YOUR SIX IN THIS CERTAIN WAY OR IT’S NOT A SIX.


He is SO stubborn. The only way to win is to out-stubborn him. It’s exhausting. And over something stupid like handwriting! It’s not even a satisfying victory! And then he wants to know why he has to work longer than his sister. Because she did FOUR chapters of geography while you argued against hundreds of years of numeral symbology? Maybe? No, probably not.

After that, he segues into his next massive waste of time position, which is a vehement condemnation of sitting properly and angling his paper properly, which I’ve suggested might help prevent hand fatigue.

AND THEN he wants to know why I have to lie down in a dark room with a cold cloth over my eyes.

Honestly. Little turd.

At the beginning of week nine, I had a Math Epiphany, wherein I realized that nine goes into thirty-six nicely, and we were one-quarter through the school year.

So I went through all the books, marked the 1/4 point, and began driving the kids like they were oxen headed West coaxing the kids to get some work done.

At the quarter point of the school year:

Big has done a quarter of Geography, Science, and Vocabulary. Sure, he did most of that this week due to the oxen-driving, but whatever.

We are on Day 18 of Grammar. *sigh*

He’s done 8 (out of 30) chapters in Math. I’ll take it.

Little has completed ALL of her Geography and a huge chunk of Science. She just sits down and works quietly while Big argues against the Tyranny of Writing Conventions, and manages to do massive amounts of work. I keep warning Big that she’s going to catch up to him one of these days. She is over a third of the way through the Phonics I have planned for this year, and is half-finished with Math – even though she drags her feet on it. She has a lovely, sweet attitude about school which I am savoring and hoping lasts.

She also knows all the answers when I am working with Big. On Tuesday, I was explaining his word problems to him, and I could hear her tiny voice saying all the answers under her breath.

Learning by Osmosis: It happens.

I have fallen down severely with All About Spelling and reading aloud. Poor Paddle-to-the-Sea is still stuck in Lake Superior. Oh well. I’ve decided to leave that for January Deb. December Deb would rather make cookies and watch The Grinch.

How are you all doing? I hope your school year is going well, peeps.

5 Responses to “Wrap Up, Weeks 8 – 12…ish?”

  1. kristy Says:

    Shoot….i knew there was something I’ve been meaning to do these past few weeks. Eventually our school year will resume.

  2. Lily Says:

    Well, we are 1/3 of the way through our year, and mailed in our first portfolio to ‘our teacher’. (We get more funding this way, a government transcript when all is said and done, and a nice point to mention to family and friends that SOMEONE is making sure we hit the learning outcomes for each grade. Haha. It is nice though to have someone to talk to about everything.)

    We are finished kindergarten math, and halfway through writing. I wanted to do more arts and crafts, but maybe ‘January Lily’ will give that a try. It has all been pretty fun, aside from the days where she also trys to write letters and number her own way or takes forever to do a simple task. Why more people don’t homeschool, I’ll never know. LOL. 🙂

  3. Eddie Says:

    Your week sounds very much like mine.

    Here we are also “enjoying” the Coalition Against Traditional Numeral Writing. Some of us are also pretending that we can’t read or identify letters any more, and throwing huge screeching fits under the table when asked to pick up a pencil.

    Luckily, it’s December now, as you pointed out, which I’m pretty sure means we are allowed to spike our eggnog at all times in order to maintain a constant level of Christmas spirit.
    Eddie´s last blog post ..Just getting outside, in any weather

  4. Delinda Says:

    Taking a week off at Thanksgiving felt like we had been off for months. We’re doing “some” work “most” weekdays.

  5. Cathy S Says:

    Oh, I wish I could write as creatively as you about the going-ons of our school days, but I definitely have one just like yours…only she is a girl, but nevertheless gives me a hard time about most everything I assign her, and then wonders why she is still doing schoolwork into the evening.