Saturday, June 20, 2009

Back to school


We let the boys have three weeks of free time, but this week was back to the routine. Dh started summer homeschool on Monday. They worked on math, science, reading, and social studies. Dh and I bought a series of 3rd grade workbooks, so he makes copies from that (that way we don't have to buy two of each, and we can use them again for Bitty when he gets older). While Cuddlebug and Bearhug did their schoolwork, dh worked on different activities with Bitty. His teacher sent home a bunch of worksheets and flash cards for him to work on over the summer, so they started with those. He also read books with Bitty, although Bitty whined about it but he didn't protest too much. Sigh.

It was rough going at first while the boys got back into the routine of doing school work. Cuddlebug apparently wasn't actually reading the instructions and wouldn't listen when dh tried to explain what he was supposed to do. Needless to say, dh was quite frustrated.

On Wednesday, I called dh at lunch to see how the schoolwork was going. He said he and Cuddlebug had another blowout, but then they talked about it more calmly afterward. He, Cuddlebug and Bearhug made a contract that they wouldn't yell at each other anymore. I thought that was pretty cool. I had to laugh though, when he said, "yeah, it's on the fridge." LOL, I thought he meant a verbal agreement, but the three of them actually wrote it out and signed it. And it's hanging up on the fridge as a reminder :). Bitty's name isn't on it, I suppose he's a little young to be entering into contracts, lol.

Things went more smoothly for the rest of the week. Once they finish their schoolwork each day, they can play or do whatever they want. It's been too hot to really play outside much during the day so Bearhug and Cuddlebug have been playing video games and studying their Pokemon book.






Bitty found some reading games on Noggin so he's been playing those - it's hard to tell how much he's actually reading versus recognizing the first letter, but either way it's pretty cool to watch him.








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3 comments:

Julie on June 21, 2009 at 7:25 PM said...

LOVE the contract! How cool. And that it's on the fridge (funny!) but a great concrete way for them to be reminded! Awesome! Great pictures of your boys, too! =)

Elizabeth Channel on June 22, 2009 at 2:49 PM said...

Sue was looking at all the pictures and said she was ready to go play with the boys!

Online Printing on June 23, 2009 at 1:52 AM said...

You guys let Little Bitty play with the computer? Lucky you. It's good that he can use the computer without him wrestle it, because my very destructive nephews, for some reason, can destroy a computer without even touching it. And they are older than Bitty. LOL. They're so hyper.

 

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