Well, our first week of homeschooling was a huge success! The workboxes worked like a dream, and the kids LOVED them! They loved the fact that they could work at their own pace, and that they had the small goals to attain.
Zander complained a few times about what I was having him do, but I would distract him by offering markers instead of pencils, or encouraging him with a book. It’s interesting when he picks up a book, his first thought is that he can’t read it himself. Well, surprise surprise, there wasn’t a book we read this week that he didn’t manage almost entirely himself. The boy could read a chapter book if he wanted too, he simply needs that confidence.
Abigail mostly enjoyed her week too. We had one day where I gave her too many math pages, and she got tired of working those fractions, but then I let her skip one of her boxes, and we did it the next day instead. She clearly loved the independence and the fact that I just let her do her work with minimal guidance from mom.
I also found that they liked when the workboxes flowed together. One of Abigail’s pages in her multiplication book had sharks and whales on it, so in another of her boxes I gave her a Magic School Bus book on sharks, and asked her to read the book and write a paragraph about sharks. She also drew a picture of a shark, and then I had her put together a puzzle of Ocean Life. She loved that, and that puts the idea in my mind that Unit Studies may be a good fit for us as well. Of course, I should have known that by the bunny trails we took with The Indian In The Cupboard.
As for me, I appreciated the short week I chose for our first week. It really gave me time to think, but I am completely amazed at how much of my day our homeschooling took up- and we were just doing summer school! It’s kind of eye-opening to realize just how much time schooling is going to take up with the kids come the official start of the school year. It’s definitely going to be an adjustment.
So on to the next week! This week we’ll school Mon, Wed and Thurs. Tuesday we have dance in the morning, so we don’t really have time for it, and then next week we’ll be camping. I’m hoping to pull together a little astronomy unit for the kids for while we’re camping- there’s nothing like the deep dark woods to show off those stars beautifully. I ordered our Astronomy book from Apologia this week, so it should be here in time. Astronomy is one of the focuses for Abigail this year for Science- she so loves studying the planets and outer space, so I want to encourage her to continue with that. I’m also looking for something really simple and basic on leaves or trees or something. I haven’t found yet what I’m looking for, I may order some simple nature readers and we’ll just put together notebooks of different leaves glued to the pages. We’ll see.
I’m greatly encouraged by this first short week. The kids loved their introduction to homeschooling, and I hope we can continue this success in the weeks to come.