The Homeschool Mother’s Journal – First Week of Lent

The Homeschool Mother's Journal
In my life this week…
was average. We had a pretty normal week this week. We finished up a round of colds and began our celebration of Lent. We attended Mass and received our ashes. We have been working with the kids on the penitential nature  of Lent. They are learning about sacrifices and doing without. We had friends over one day, something I always enjoy. The kids get to play and I have adult conversation.
In our homeschool this week…
we have worked on reading. Karol has made leaps and bounds with reading. It is one thing to be able to read sentences but it another thing to understand what he is reading. This week I started asking him the meaning of what he had just read and he has been able to tell me the meaning, without using words in the sentence.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
This week will be pretty laid back, not much going on as of this point, we shall see if anything comes up. I may call a friend to see about getting together to play.
My favorite thing this week was…
the beginning of Lent. Without Lent, we cannot have the Resurrection. Penance, sacrifice and hard word are good for the soul.

What’s working/not working for us…
Continuing to work slowly and without distraction of the two year old variety has helped productivity. I look forward to the conference I am attending in a few weeks, one of the talks will be about homeschooling different ages at different times so I hope to pick up tips from there.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…
Two questions today: 1. If you have an ants in the pants child, who always wiggles in his seat and stands up, sits down, stands up sit down, how do you handle it? 2. When Karol works on math problems, he will often times come up with the answer, but tell me before he writes it down, to see if it is a correct answer. I am thinking of just having him write down the answer,  without my input, to learn to deal with incorrect answers, but I wondered what other mothers did in the situation.
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1 Comment

  1. Beth, no ants in the pants variety here, but as far as the math question goes….at this age: praise, praise, praise! Yes! to verbal answers, Yes! to written answers, and YAHOO! for both. As he grows in confidence (and a good sense of humor watching his mother act silly when he gets the right answer), he will eventually trust his own judgement. Another thing is to be sure to let him do the figuring if he’s wrong or not sure. For example: “Is this right Mommy?” What do you think? “Yesss????” Why do you think that? Show him that his own reasoning is usually going to be spot on. What a blessedly fun age!!!


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