So, rather than “try harder” I “tried smarter”: tie the task that never gets hits to something that does. While we sing our first song, I do their hair. They’re sitting, occupied. I’m getting two things done at once (I love that), and then the rest of Morning Time they look lovely – a nice payoff. The bands and brush are part of the supplies now.
After an Instagram about a particularly nasty Sunday-morning snarl, several people told me I needed a Wet Brush. Kayla – who has been helping me with some blog administrative tasks as a VA – went farther, though, and had one show up on my doorstep! Thanks, Kayla! It really has made brushing a breeze.
I think you said you took a break from curriculum to drill facts. What age was this and how did you drill math facts? I’d like to have math be our focus this quarter and not sure how to do it.
We use and love Math-U-See in our home, but so far every student at one point or another – and usually more than once in his math career – needs to pause the curriculum and just focus on math facts.
Some math facts practice should be done in alongside a math curriculum – we use xtramath.org for additional drill. But when basic arithmetic is getting in the way of more complicated problems like long division or fractions, we’ve stopped to shore up those issues with practice, practice, practice of just the facts, ma’am.
Stopping the curriculum to ensure the foundational basics are solid has, so far, not held any of my kids back long-term. Because they can do the arithmetic fast and accurately, their mind is free to deal with the conceptual problem when they get into higher math. They might be behind for a time, but they will likely catch up. A strong foundation is essential.
Don’t be afraid to pause and reinforce addition facts or times tables!
Feeds for (head)phones
by Purva Brown at Simple Homeschool
I know because I am one. I have three children – one introverted, one extremely extroverted and one… well, we just don’t know yet. It’s too soon to tell. However, I can tell you that even with just the one extrovert, our days can be a little hard to navigate.
Sometimes as those extraverts get older, they don’t need to be put down for a quiet time so mom can recover – mom needs to take the quiet time herself and let the extrovert recharge by playing with others. It’s true.
by Adam Andrews at CiRCE
As a parent, I am sometimes troubled by this prevalence of witchcraft, sorcery, and magic – of dragons, spells and enchantments – of the works of darkness masquerading as deeds of light. After all, I’m not just a reader or a teacher; I’m a father, a guardian of young souls, and a Christian one at that. Some of the stuff I find in these books is scary to me, if not actually forbidden by the teachings of my faith.
If you’ve ever been nervous about fairy tales or fantasy, this is a helpful perspective.
by Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles
Every day, every minute, I have to remind myself that this humble work of loving, nurturing, learning, teaching, home-making, celebrating is my calling.
Honest musings. I’m not alone. You’re not alone.
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- Hans: The Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson
- Jaeger: The Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson
- Ilse: Happy Hollisters and the Secret Fort by Jerry West
- Knox: Stories of Freedom
- Geneva: Hop on Pop