Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Ellen at Fun Learning has started a new meme: Homeschool Hi-Lights. Each Monday we are invited to write about something great from the past week. She has a Mr. Linky to make participating easy.
I was having a hard time thinking of something. Then it hit me. On Monday I have a class from 2-5 pm, and I always leave my kids (ages 9 and 10 1/2) a list of work to do - reading, math, other workbook-type stuff they can do on their own. We don't do a lot of workbook work - most of our time is spent reading and talking - but it's a great thing to keep skills up and provide opportunities for independent work.
Last week I came home from my class to find they had done all the work I had given them, and more! My boy had even done some writing I had not expected him to do. He is not a writer, so that is a big deal. Usually he needs me to sit next to him and help him with spelling and just general encouragement. There's just something about writing implements that makes his brain shut down.
Since one of my goals is to get my kids working independently, this was definitely a highlight for my week.