Are We There Yet?

26 May

We’ve been having a lot of 4-day weeks recently, and for some reason it seems to be working now.  And then I had one of those light-bulb moments. I was doing it again…putting unnecessary restrictions on our schedule . Why do I do that to myself? Why can’t we just do what works…a 4-day week here, a 5-day week there…why do we need to be locked in to one way or another…after all, this isn’t a school for goodness’ sake…

Funny how often I do that. Fortunately, I’ve come to my senses (regarding this at least.)

We’ve sort of gone back to Singapore. Since it’s a mastery curriculum, we can skip around a bit. We covered the unit on telling time to the hour and half hour, we’re going to a unit on place value, then we’ll do the unit on fractions. We’re peppering this with math stories, games, and activities.  I’m not sure when we’ll go back to addition and subtraction, not to mention multiplication and division, but we will get to it when he’s ready. In the meantime, we’re enjoying math again.

I think we’re experiencing end-of-year blahs. We’re eager to finish up our first grade materials and have a little break before diving into second grade. Esa’s quite excited about SOTW volume 2; he keeps asking me if Japan, Britain, and many other countries will be covered in the next level. We’ve also got it on CD and he’s eager to get that out.

Our reading lessons leave me smiling. He’s nearing the end of phonics instruction and he’s needing help with fewer and fewer words; he’s nearly an independent reader now. His comprehension is excellent and his reading often leads to discussion.

I’ve been a little at a loss as to what to write about. Things are flowing, we’re busy with everyday things that just aren’t noteworthy. I’m also less interested in researching curriculum and more interested in just getting on with things. I’m not buying as many supplementary materials and our studies haven’t suffered in the least. We’re making do with what we have and what the library can provide and we’re happy with that (and saving money).

We’ve also become much more relaxed. We’re not so academically driven these days. And since lightening up, Esa’s having more of a chance to indulge his academic interests. He actually asked to do handwriting the other day. I raised an eyebrow and casually swept my hand across his forehead whilst mumbling something about him not feeling well.

We’re gardening, playing, reading, watching, talking, painting, going, doing, laughing, listening…

We’re living life as fully as we can.


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5 responses to “Are We There Yet?

  1. Neo

    May 26, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Funny how similar things are in our household too! Maybe it’s the sunny weather… we’re outdoors more and hence not exactly doing as much as planned ‘academically’. Like you, I’m more relaxed about it now since learning takes place in many different forms.

    Have fun!

    • whimsyway

      May 27, 2010 at 5:48 am

      Thanks, Neo. 🙂

  2. Suji

    May 27, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Lovely to hear that you do that forehead check trick too LOL 🙂 Sometimes I think I hear things! Like wanting to do more English workbooks…hmmm…a touch of too much sun? 🙂

    But also lovely to hear how relaxed you sound 🙂 Soak up the sunshine!

    • whimsyway

      May 28, 2010 at 6:16 am

      Thanks Claire. 🙂

      >But also lovely to hear how relaxed you sound. Soak up the sunshine!

      Thanks, Suji. You, too! 🙂

  3. talesfromleyton

    May 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    It’s good to read a post from you again! I think you might be suprised what people might think is ‘noteworthy’. With home education being so far from the norm, and not being especially close to other home ed families at the moment, I love reading about all the small and seemingly insignificant things about people’s everyday lives, as well as the ‘important’ stuff. Although (as I commented today to another blogger who is winding up her blog) I know there’s a fine line between living life and blogging about it!

    Glad everythings going so well – hope you are keeping well too yourself 🙂


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