Monday, September 10, 2007

Homeschooling 101


In case you don't know, we decided to homeschool this year. We are in our 4th week now. Somedays I think "I am so stupid. I could be free right now!" But all in all I have enjoyed it thus far. It's funny though the plans we make. I decided this week to change up my lesson plans and make things more "hands on and fun". Today I planned this great #s scavenger hunt. I was so proud thinking that this was really going to get Logan motivated at Math. We are learning about counting forwards and backwards with odd and even #s. So I sent him out into the yard to find only even #s. (I had laid numbered cards all over the yard) Frustatingly enough, this seemed to take up half of our school day. I didn't even get to some of our other stuff. He was making it so dadgum hard, that he missed out on the fun of it and the fun that the rest of the day could have been. I guess we're all like that though. God has this great day planned out for us and throws us all of these tidbits, waiting for us to pick them up and run with them. But for some reason, I get hung up on one miniscual thing and miss out on the rest of the lesson. Logan is very analytical, so just picking up "even #s" isn't enough for him. He has to analyize why I put the numbers on the card that way, shouldn't it have been this way. Why didn't you do it like this? Things that don't matter. I really can't blame the kid. I do it everyday...God says "Here you go Missy, here is my lesson for you today." And I say, why is it packaged like that. I can't work with that. Thats not how I would do it.
All I wanted Logan to learn today is how to count in odds and evens. I guess we'll try again tomorrow.
I know I missed out on some lessons today as well. Thanks be to God that I'm a work in progress and he's got lesson's planned for tomorrow too!

11 comments:

Kim said...

Them's the breaks kid. He's gonna learn to count. You got it. Ideas for craft on Friday?

michelle said...

It'll all "even" out. hee hee.

Christine said...

Congrats on starting to educate at home!

The one guarantee in homeschooling is that you will ALWAYS have days like that! ha!

Missy said...

Kim...what are you smoking? I have no idea what you just said!
But suddenly I was just struck with a strange memory of Jeff Funk sending us a joint letter one time, telling us that he sensed evil when he got our letter.
I am starting to think that is the same thing with this blogging!

Marsha said...

Go to my blog for an idea on helping Logan with his math. It's a link called Math 911.

Missy said...

Mom...that his hilarious.

Everyone...click on my moms blog and then click on the math 911. That is so funny!

Marsha said...

You might also want to check out Go Granny! She's my heroine! I want to be just like her when I'm old(er).

Abbey said...

I've got an analizer too. But he has a wonderful teacher this year at school that gets to enjoy that part of him!! ;)
I have no advice for you on homeschooling. I've never done it beyond the preschool years, but I know it must be hard. I hear that alot!

Abbey said...

Not that you asked for any. Advice, that is. I just realized I responded to your post as if you were asking for my advice. Sorry about that. Guess I'm a bit full of myself this morning!!

Missy said...

Today was a more triumphant day with the Math thing. I guess it evened out!

Marsha said...

See, my website recommendation must have worked!