The Classical Cat Corner

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. --Austin Phelps

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Reporting in....

Well, this week was trying out the new went fairly well. Sweet Pea 1 had an attitude one morning so that wasn't pleasant. Then another morning I just let him sleep late while I did all of the lessons that Sweet Pea 2 needed to get done. I REALLY enjoyed that morning. I had forgotten what it was like to be teaching ONE child and to see his handwriting click, and his math clicking and his reading starting to take root in his brain....lots of fun that morning.

I haven't worked out Classical Studies back into our reading time, but I intend on trying that out the week after next. I'm going to take all of next week off. Time to regroup and schedule things our for SP2 since his handwriting is in place and I believe his reading will take off. I'm also streamlining our Spell to Write and Read studies for SP1. We have two field trips (one with an art project) next week so I'm going to focus the other days on getting our schedules working, then we'll be off and flying for another few weeks!

Thanks for checking in with me especially those who commented and were hoping for the best for us.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

I'm burning out.....

I'm tired. I don't like doing school until 2 pm each day (that is with a 45 min lunch). So, I'm going to shift some things and see how that works. The Sweet Peas are still so little and I want them to have time to play and read and just be boys.

We will cover basics in the mornings from 8:30 until 12:30 (with a 15 min break in there); that also covers AWANA memorization time and piano practice. I'm moving our Classical Studies reading until night time before bed or late evening on Mon, Thurs and Fri....once soccer is over, I'll probably do it Mon, Tues and Thurs.

I will be instituting a few days per week "Storyfest". I really miss just sitting and reading something short and fun to the boys. We have our long read alouds but there are some picture books that they are outgrowing and I want to be sure to read those before they won't want to read them. (Taking this idea from Poppins.

I'll let you know how it works out....and if I still feel too burned, then I'll drop all but the basics until January and then I think I can pick up steam again.

I keep forgetting that this is a JOURNEY and not a RACE.


I thought I would post a picture of myself....not the best, but better than the one in my August Archives.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Did that really happen????

Oh, the day we had yesterday....the first time I've had SERIOUS thoughts about putting Sweet Pea 1 in school. It was crazy! I'm just chalking it up to starting back after a break. We haven't had this bad a day in I don't know WHEN! SP1 was being sassy, SP2 was being sassy; SP1 was being whiney about school work, about piano practice, about the dinner I cooked. It just seemed like ALL the training and the rules we've set up were just THROWN out the window. SP1 ended up with "homework" too....more work assigned to him for being disobedient and also the work he didn't finish within our normal time frame.

But today was another day....and it was NOTHING like yesterday. We had a VERY pleasant day and it was a day that I was very glad to say that we homeschool.

PLEASE don't let too many days like Monday come around again.