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Monday, July 8, 2013

"Pink pig is in the pig pen."


Taking a break from the Pow Wow, I thought I give you a sample of my days here at Little Cabin in the Woods.

For some unknown reason, maybe because I'm a glutton for punishment, or perhaps because I miss my teaching days, or most likely just because I'm the meanest mom in the whole wide world, I decided to institute a little summer school routine for my kiddos.  Boo is knee deep in an online writing program and doing a lot of "games" that look at whole bunch like 5th grade math, that he's pretty sure they aren't games at all.

The littles are also doing a daily math program, and I take time each day to work on reading and writing skills with them.  Again, I'm not sure what I was thinking.  In the midst of my no-demands, very relaxing summer, I put teach two 5-year-olds how to read on my list of objectives.  It really felt like a great idea back in April.  Not so much now when we're on our 13th 5-minute sentence trying to cypher words like, pet, pig, and pen with excruciating slowness.  Not to mention the 3rd little in the trio needs to be simultaneously entertained so as not to distract the learning process.  My hat's off to you homeschooling mamas!

At least it all happens on the porch with perfect weather while the rest of my neighbors are living on the surface of the sun back down in the desert!
(Never you mind the astro turf!  We call that "eclectic" 'round here!)

ps-Her stink-eye in the beginning is so Tess.  Obviously she has similar feelings about this whole "summer school" thing!  Not to mention the dismount.


ps - No children or animals were harmed during the filming of this video.

19 comments:

  1. I am a homeschool mom, but I outsource kindergarten for precisely this reason. I can always think of a dozen other things I'd rather be doing than listening to a 5 year old sound out half a dozen 3 letter words over the span of seven minutes.

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  2. Love both of your "looks', and think you now need some beach time and time to look at the clouds floating by.

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  3. This is so funny. I, too, have instituted summer school for all my kids and they consider me the "meanest mom in the world." One of ours is repeating Kindergarten next year, so needed some extra preparation, and I decided that the other two just needed to learn more than what they got in school this year. Just wanted you to know that if there's a prize for this meanest mom thing, you have some serious competition from me!

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  4. Way to go, Tess! And you! Yes, it is haaaaaard to listen to! But she really did a good job! I so wish you all could have let her stay home and start K this year. I remember you saying that she had graduated from services offered at preK though! Have you tried Starfall online if you have Internet in the woods? It may be too basic for her, but might soon keep Mimi entertained. My older daughter missed the cutoff for K andit made K so much easier. But still.....the fat caaaaaaat saaaaaat. Oh.my.goodness.

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    1. Gonna go check out Starfall next. Thank you Susie for tell me about it! Tess isn't really into the computer that much, but Jude sure is! It may be just the ticket!
      nancy

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  5. You are so sweet with Tess. Such a soft and patient voice... love the "try again" when she gets it wrong. So encouraging.

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    1. Honestly the "try again" is my way of not just reading the whole stinkin' book to her myself! It would be much faster that way! But wrong.

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  6. LOVE the 'stink eye' - extreeeeemly cool personality!!

    As for "summer school" - yeah - hated that too - but at least I got to read cool stuff like Hardy Boys!

    hugs - aus and co.

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  7. I thought I had the "meanest mom" crown! We're writing essays around here, just to improve English. Today we are doing a re-write of the rough draft of an essay on anger. See, I think I win :^)

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  8. Oh my you are braaaave! I'm afraid my children wouldn't survive me home schooling them. I have no patience for it. I laughed out loud at your reason for the patient voice!!! I have DONE that......just read it to them cause I couldn't take it anymore:) I know.....wrong......but ack. Just watching Tess wiggle and squirm and want to be anywhere else.............oh I just can't do it! Bless you!

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    1. Oh you GET IT! It's not just me! Took Jude a full 2 minutes to figure out the word HE this morning till I finally gave up and just told him!

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    2. You know the funny thing is.....I think I am actually a decent teacher.....I have good ideas that are even creative......ONCE. But I have no patience. I just can't do the same thing over and over and over. If my students were looking at me with eager faces and ready pencil, just hanging on my next word.........maybe I would homeschool........maybe. But when they squirm and wiggle and have to get a drink and drop their pencil 5 times in 2 minutes, and instead of doing the page we are on turn the paper over to see what's on the other side, and look at you blankly with a far away look...........um NO. And since I haven't met any students that don't do this........my homeschooling answer is NO.

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  9. I wish I was a great photographer. So beautiful . ;) I hopping around the blogosphere. How many hops can I hop in a week. Check out my blog post to find out more. You might find some fun blog hops to join.

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  10. Ha! ME TOO!! I homeschool AND decided to have a "little summer routine" for everyone. Including teaching Annika to read. And Casper a Language Arts course. Because he can skip a grade according to test scores, but I don't want him to struggle... And Douglas wants to graduate early... And Freeland can't be the only one not doing school...

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  11. Oh, and the video is adorable! :) Good job, both of you!

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  12. I'd love to hear what online writing program your son is using. I have two soon to be 5th graders who could benefit (though they may argue that point) from some summer writing!
    Trish

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    1. Patricia--I hope you see this. You don't have your settings so that I can email you a reply. But... this is the program his teacher recommended. I like it because there is actually a real teacher (online) that looks at and grades his work!
      http://class.time4writing.com/

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    2. Thanks for the heads up on the settings and thank you for the info! My girls can't wait to check it out ;)

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