Halcyon Posted November 11, 2012 Share Posted November 11, 2012 I wanted to know how everyone is doing now that we have hit about midway through the semester. Any changes? How's your attitude? How are your students doing? We are doing fine here. I have eased up on my students in the sense that I am less concerned with "getting stuff done". I am trying to focus on the pleasures of homeschooling, while at the same time making sure that the work they DO complete is done well. So that means that instead of getting through X amount of Henle by Thanksgiving, I am giving my student fewer questions but telling him they must be done very well (we had run into an issue where I was having him do many more questions, but he was making errors on half of them, and it just wasnt working). So we aren't getting as much done (which gives me a little agita, to be sure :lol:) but what he is completing is getting done well, and he is retaining more. With science, we are doing a lot more living books and tying them into CPO Life Science. Again with the agita because I am a "by the book" kinda gal but I am trying to relax. Older seems to be happy with the arrangement. With younger, I am also allowing more flexibility in HOW he achieves certain goals. He is my student who loves variety, so I am bringing in lots of different resources for each subject. For math, he is using BA 3B, MM, CWP and some printables from Scholastic. Oh, and Labyrinth. For science, he is using Creek Edge Task Cards, living books, Sassafras Science (not a fan), the Stuff of Life, and I just ordered Evan Moor Daily Science Grade 3 (thanks Hunter for reminding me about this!) For grammar, he is using KISS, Comic Strip Grammar and some online resources. For Latin, he is using Lively Latin and Minimus but also making games up. Our big change is that Fridays are now almost completely devoted to projects of their own initiative. This week, older wanted to bake muffins so he found his favorite three muffins online, got one from Grandma for blueberry muffins, and spent most of the day baking. Younger is building something in Minecraft and he convinced me that it was educational :glare: Last week, younger made beaded necklaces for friends and read a lot. I am also trying to take more time for myself to exercise and cook. In a weird way, I feel like if I overthink what I am doing I might get all stressed out that we are not "doing enough" LOL so I will stop there. :bigear: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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