The Walking Mermaid & Homeschooling Thoughts.

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  1. Kelly says:

    I bet your MIL is loving seeing Rosie dance! I just had some suggestions of things to try with Rosie, it sounds like you all are doing a great job though! My teachers in elementary school always had story time to calm us down after recess time, aka running around like maniacs outside for a while or doing the same thing inside if it was storming outside. I bet Rosie would like some of the free storybooks you can download on the ipad that read to you. You can click the words you want or it’ll just read the story to you. Do you remember the Amelia Bedelia books? They might be too far ahead for Rosie, but I loved listening to them at her age, and it’s an easy way to sneak in some language and life lessons.

    We loved jumpstart as a family when we were little, but I think the ipad does the same things nowadays. You might also want to find her some typewriting games for the big computer, because I know of some many people who take forever to write their papers because they never learned how to type!! We learned in early elementary school from this mario typing game, and then from some jumpstart ones as we went along. My mom also showed us the basics, and was always there when we got confused or frustrated, but we were pretty independent and wanted to do it all ourselves! It’s also so neat when you have a little 6 or 7 year old sitting there and able to easily type out a few pages while the 7th grader is finger picking out every single letter!! (I think typing is an essential life skill for kids these days, and many parents neglect it. Teaching them typing opens the entire world of the internet to them easily and allows for life long learning. If typing is just frustrating they won’t spend the time it takes to learn.)

  2. Rachael says:

    This story is amazing!! I’m studying to be a teacher (in Canada) and I’m working with a Kindergarten class (the kids are just turning 5). We only just started introducing the idea of writing three page stories with them. I love that Rosie is so involved and loves to write so much that she’s written stories this long! She’s showing creative thinking with her spelling, and those illustrations are incredible! Keep up the great work, it looks like you’re doing a fabulous job teaching :)

  3. Julia says:

    having worked in a public school with K-5, i believe you should have no worries about rosie with the reading/writing/creativity abilities shown in her stories! as far as math, have you looked into waldorf based math activities? my husband is a waldorf teacher and while some aspects don’t fit our plans for homeschooling in the future, i LOVE the way they approach math and their students are known for excellent math skills, usually well above public school levels. they do things like teaching multiplication/division by drawing groups of flowers, for 12 students draw 4 groups of 3 flowers, 3 groups of 4 flowers, 6 groups of 2 flowers, 2 groups of 6, etc. i’m no expert but i’d look into it, since rosie loves drawing maybe it would be a good fit!

  4. Sarah says:

    I worry a lot too. Are we doing enough, too much? Then I just say we’re unschooling and feel much better :)
    If Noah had a choice he’d play video games and watch videos all day.
    We haven’t set up a television so the computer is where he gets this stuff, but often I’m frustrated by how much “screen time” he’s getting so I cut it off. But then I worry that we’re not giving him enough freedom. I don’t know.
    I found (when our life was not so transitional as it is now) that having a “routine” for every day was good. I wrote it out in big brightly colored words on 11×17 paper and hung it.
    Whenever the kids would ask to do something contrary to what I thought they should be doing (they wanted to eat ice cream all day, for example) I would point to the schedule and say: “oh, we just had lunch so now it’s rest time” or whatever. That worked for them.
    The routine was the same every day: breakfast, activity (baking day, playgroup, project, etc depending on the day), lunch, rest, park, dinner, bed. It worked really well while we used it.
    When we’re settled it would be great to go back to that … or maybe I should start it sooner ..

  5. Susannah says:

    Your post reminded me so much of myself when I first started homeschooling. Looking back, I wished I had just RELAXED! My DD also loves to write, (and now read) but math was a little slower in coming. I also feel your pain on having your husband work an off shift. Mine does as well. It’s just different than our natural human rhythms, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to it.

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