Last week, I invited you to ask me questions to help jump-start my blog with some good topics. Only two of you have done so, but boy did those two ask questions! (Anyone else who has a question is welcome to ask it in the comments here or in the previous post.)
Question #5, from the Gal over at One Gal’s Musings:
School! How are the kids doing?
Well, Book Girl is not currently going to preschool (see previous entries about my unemployment) but she adores doing school at home. We do not play school at our house, we have school, and I am Miss Mom, the teacher. Some days school consists of hour or more (during the baby’s nap) doing sheets from her workbooks, tracing letters, etc. Some days school is just things like counting and grouping items as we go through the day, reading a few books as we have time, and identifying the first letters of words. I really just follow her lead as to what she’s interested in doing.
She is set to start kindergarten in the fall and she’ll be one of the youngest – she’ll turn 5 in early November, and the deadline is December 1 – so I’ve been a little worried about some aspects of her readiness. For instance, she really does not like to write (just like her brother), and until a few weeks ago wouldn’t even draw a face. Now she’s writing letters all the time when she draws, and today she even drew a whole person.
Book Boy is in third grade and loves it. I met with his teacher for conferences a few weeks ago. She just couldn’t say enough good things about him! I know he’s a good student, but it always makes me feel so proud to talk to teachers about him. (He’s always been a “grown-up’s kid,” and teachers just love him.) Mrs. H actually mentioned that he could skip to fifth grade academically next year – then we breathed and agreed that socially, he’s right where he belongs.
He’s doing well in reading/language arts, of course, but I was kind of surprised when she said that math is where he really excels! Mrs. H has him doing a lot of fourth grade math right now, and said that she is going to work with the middle school math teacher to find additional math work that is appropriate for him. She said he loves math challenges right now “and I don’t want to lose that.”
On the other hand, he complains about his homework every night, has terrible handwriting (Mrs. H said not to worry about that), and loves to read. I really hate the silly “reading log” he has to do every week (he has to read an average of 20 minutes per day? really? he reads an average of two hours a day!) and it’s the bane of his existence some days. But he muddles through it and apparently does well enough.