Monday, January 10, 2011

AY2011: The First Day back

We had a really good day.  I'm so thankful for the hard work last year getting adjusted to doing lessons without (much) complaining or arguing about who goes first reciting.

Some observations:

  • I have too much planned for Circle Time.  I have 1.5 hours worth of work to do in 1.  Hm.  Spanish might be dropped after all.
  • Although the system I came up with takes 5 crates and a box, it worked really, really well (today, day one.)
  • N-boy and M-girl work really well together.  Even on individual work. Even in another room.
  • N-boy and R-girl, however, need more separation and more direction.  Unfortunately, that's during M-girl's individual time.  I need to come up with a solution; I think having them in the loft with more directed time will be part of the solution.
  • Neither of the children who have penmanship like penmanship despite liking to write on their own.  
  • Everyone likes math.
  • N-boy has a lot more confidence in his reading than he did when we took a break ... and a lot more confidence in his math.
  • Giraffes are the favorite animals of two, while one likes Zebras ... Neither of which are at the Columbus Zoo.
  • Added: small white boards during Circle Time are a great thing.
 Here is our schedule:

MOTH 2011                                                            

Our art project today, to go with our First Day Questionnaire, is to make a self portrait ... can you tell who is who?


  1. Not too surprising that N & R do not work well together yet... it is their ages. Jonathan & Lizzie have a hard time separate from mama. One idea I'd encourage you to do is have them do things together near you so you can work on training them- yep, it will pull from M-girl but it will lay a really good foundation for their relationship. Plus, you can keep this training time short.

    You could also keep one close & send the other off- the one close can work independently & quietly while you work w/ M-girl. Alternate days on who is beside you.

    K- enough said. :)

  2. Sounds like a great first day. I've dropped Spanish too many times! I need to get to a foreign language. I wish I could just hire a Tia to come to my house and talk with my kids a couple of mornings each week.


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