Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Today... Research & Worksheets

 I've been thinking it is time for some worksheets to enter my 2nd graders life in order to give him a bit more routine and an answer to the I don't know what to do statement that has arisen from our free flowing home school life.  Here is what I found:

This site looks really helpful for finding great worksheets that we can do aloud together or they can do alone if I am needing a worksheet day/ week/ month.  I'm even thinking about the membership though I've already printed several of the freebies!

Second grade reading comprehension weekly passages:

Art Lessons

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ok.  So the laid back watch the kids for clues idea only semi worked today.  My body really needs a routine although my mind doesn't like having one.  Compromise needs to happen here so that my child and my adult (inside me) can get along well and accomplish good things. 

Where does the compromise happen?  I need a daily routine that can be flexible while scheduling in some non routine time.  Time to just let life happen I guess.  But right now so much seems scattered.  I will take time to sort through it and get back to you on how I plan to tackle this issue. 

A brief update on the rest of today:

Ben worked on figuring circumference and areas of circles.  Allen practiced multiplication facts online.  Charlie worked on his addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts aloud with me.  We all read Little Men together (Ben had to read the last part on his own due to misbehavior).  I read from My Guinea Pig to Charlie.  I read from The Hobbit to Charlie and Allen.  We all read from our Bibles but did not discuss today.  I think I will ask them about it at bedtime.  We also watched the construction across the street from time to time, watched the plumbers go in and out of our house while putting in a new water heater, watched Word Girl and Maya and Miguel, played Wii, encouraged "Tiger" the guinea pig to get comfortable with us by offering celery (She came out and took it from me!)  Now the boys are all off to Tang Soo Do. 


It is 9:06.  Allen and Charlie have logged reading points and discussed friction and heat after watching some workers outside construct a metal building .  Allen has dictated a book review (typed by me).  Ben has practiced washing a shirt by hand and learned how to treat an oil stain on his shirt.  Now he is off to read his Bible, start his Biology Study Guide, and practice some guitar.  Allen and Charlie are making a fort in the large tree branch that daddy cut down this weekend.

I am thinking of using this day as an experiment.  I want to stay relaxed.  I want to love on my children.  I want to enjoy the day the Lord has given me.  Watching my children as they move through their day will be my main objective in deciding what comes next for them in their learning today.  I will be keeping my goals in mind: daily Bible reading (summary and discussion included), read aloud Little Men (discuss vocabulary and narrate), Guinea Pig study (read together from My Guinea Pig and observe the animal), practice math facts (computer maybe).  I also would like to discuss their character goal and how to keep developing it.  I haven't talked with them about this since last month.  I think this needs to be placed on higher priority than math or science.

So, here I go to soak up the day and my family!