Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BRIBERY

I am totally not opposed to BRIBING my children to get their school work done.

Today was one of those days!


And yes, it worked for all but one child . . .
he is still working on his school papers and it is almost 3:00 p.m.

Can you guess which one?

Well, if you guessed . . .

Cody

You would be right!

Pick at his pencil, watch the other kids, chew on his eraser, mess in his desk . . . you name it. 

He is gradually getting finished . . .
hope he gets done before dark!

We really DID have a very busy day!!!
Take a look at my desk . . .


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Learning about Nasty Germs

On Thursday, Mrs. M came all geared up to teach the kids about

GERMS!

The kids had a blast . . .they became little scientists once again.

Geared up with Q-tips, potato slice and ziplock baggie the kids went to work gathering "germ" samples.

You won't believe the samples they came up with . . .

light switches, garbage can, garbage dumpster, closet,
under the chair 1/2, under EJ's desk, the potty mat for Beckett,
the corner of the room, the door knob, the urinal, the computer shelf, EJ's mouth, EJ's ear, the bathroom sink, corner of the desk,
Beckett's hiney and more,  I am sure I have forgotten some.

They had a BLAST!










They are also growing mold . . .
they love checking on it every day.



Monday, January 21, 2013

It Has Been a While

It has been a while since I have written here. Life and school has kept our lives busy.

The kids all dove right back into school work as soon as we returned from Christmas break. However, since that time we have struggled to get them to focus on their studies. We continue to reinforce the importance of getting our school work complete . . . regardless of how long it takes. 

We have instituted Sticker Charts to encourage the kids to complete each days assignments. Some days it works wonders . . . other days not so much.  My boys are learning . . . work must be completed each day or we have a LONG day. Today was one of those kind of days!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Boys and Homeschool

School and boys tend to not go together . . . most boys are too consumed by "boy" things rather than Reading, Writing and Arithmetic anything that requires sit down and quietness.

Home Schooling boys is not any different.
We must consistently encourage and direct my boys to do their daily work . . . complete the homework, listen to each lesson and do it in a timely manner. It is extremely easy for the boys to get distracted, so we are always guiding them throughout the day.

My boys are studying online through Abeka Academy.
Each have a classroom, other students and teacher online.
They log in each morning and begin listening.
Mrs. P and I keep track of them, assist them with each subject as necessary and keep them on task.
Mrs. P grades all papers, tests, etc.
I escape that!

I keep computers running . . .
take care of problems and updates.
I also check online to verify lessons have been listened to.

Some days are just hard!

Some days the focus is OFF.
We push through.

Some days we simply review . . .
those days when nothing seems to click.
That is one of the beautiful things about home schooling.

Monday, January 7, 2013

1ST DAY BACK AFTER CHRISTMAS

Today was our first day back to Home School since we let out for Christmas vacation. Our vacation seemed to go on forever and a day . . . so we are excited to be back in the groove of things.

Last Friday Mrs. P rearranged our classroom . . . she had an idea that if we separated the kids maybe we wouldn't have as much chit chat between them. So far so good . . . the kids did pretty well today, other than the computers decided they needed updated. I also was made aware that the parental control seemed to have gone bye bye with the update . . . made aware in a very ~ahem~ oh my goodness kind of way. Needless to I took care of that immediately. 

Mrs. P also instituted a new sticker reward system. The kids seem a bit excited about that! She has four up and running and only two to go!

Tomorrow comes all too quickly . . . g'night.