Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hard at School

The Littles amuse me. I couldn't help but snap a couple of pics of them this morning.  We've been having trouble getting started and organized this year, with extra chores and distractions.  We're not often all ready to work at the same time.

Time to change things up a bit.

As soon as they got up this morning, before they could hit the computers or tv,  I redirected them to get their school books out.  I was still having my morning tea and computer time.  Easier to give up than when I'm trying to bake, or cook, or headed to the feed store.  They were eager to get down to business too, so they could play before chores. 

#3 plopped himself in front of a stool.  Home made desk. 

#4 landed on the couch.  Notice the window?  It's still dark outside.

It took them less than an hour, and now they have the whole day to enjoy.

Right now #3 is working on Math Basics 5 (Walmart), Cars reading comprehension (Dollarama), and Learning Horizons Third Grade Language (Dollarama- but I haven't seen them there for a few years).  #4 is working on Singapore math, primary 1A (ordered online) and just finishing up Learning Horizons Kindergarten Language (Dollarama). 

#3 is reading  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.  He's been doing well with novels and reading in his spare time since early summer.  He also has an annoying habit of reading over my shoulder.  

#4 and I are working through Dick and Jane.  Again.  He's still having a hard time.  I think the issue is more with him NOT looking at the words than his abilities.  I sound them out and he says them, but he's often looking at the pictures, or what the dogs are doing, or his belly button.  And then he can't read on his own.  It might have a bit to do with him being the baby too.  "But I can't read!" has served him well over the years.  Without the Bigs at home, he gets more individual attention from mom, but he doesn't have so many people close by to just tell him what he wants to know RIGHT NOW.  We're working on it.


  1. your kids are so cute and such good little students! i don't know how you do it all Wendy but you sure are an inspiration! keep up the good work, madame!

    your friend,