Thursday, May 04, 2006

Day 10 of Homeschooling - Not a Good One

Son #3 turned 4 in February. He's been begging for homework for months now since he sees his older brothers doing homework. I couldn't really find an affordable preschool program where they actually teach something. Most were academic but very expensive, or inexpensive but essentially playtime. We already have a playgroup.

Anyway, I signed him up for the Seton Home School kindergarten program, figuring that I can spread it out over two years. We usually work 4 days a week. The lessons are pretty short so it doesn't take a lot of time, but he really enjoys it. Except for today. For some reason, he decided it was "too hard" to draw the circles that he's been practicing for a couple of days now.

I know it's a just a momentary fit of stubborness - in fact, I've been really amazed at how cooperative he's been with this. I had just decided to call it a day (maybe a week) and check email, surf the web, etc.

So as I'm typing this, here comes Son #3 asking whether he can do math instead of circles (handwriting). Sure, I say. We manage to do math, phonics and religion. I was picking up his books when he said, "I'm ready to do my circles now."

Just goes to show you how much *I'm* learning in homeschool. I ran into an obstacle (Son #3) and I was ready to pack it in for the day. All he really wanted was to shake up the order in which we do things. Well, duh... why didn't I think of that? (Next time, I will!)


Juliabohemian said...

he's BEGGING for homework. My 3 year old is begging to go to the dentist. Our kids are freaks.

You are an amazing person to take on homeschooling. I could never do it.

~d said...

I think it takes a Southern native to know just how redneck a sprok can be !!

Elle*Bee said...

'Amazing' isn't the right word, juliabohemian, but thank you anyway. ;-) 'Cheap' is more like it. (I'm just not ready to give up the stay-home mom life in order to take a job which I'd need in order to pay tuition for a preschool program). Or maybe 'insane' would be more appropriate.

We're actually settling into a groove where it's kind of fun. But we've only been at it for a few weeks. I'll let you know if I feel the same way in a month. (I'll slow down the pace in the summer, though, when my older two are out of school.)