Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Homeschool Hi-Light

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.


Mrs. Darling said...

We do almost all workbook work. I'd like to do more booky stuff but Tink needs to know the basics and she has no desire to ferret out the info for herself.

Enjoyed your week highlight.

Ellen said...

This is a wonderful highlight. I have the same goal for my children. The 14 year old does work independently. Woohoo! The 13 year old is almost there. The 11, 8, and 6 year old still require my constant help. It's wonderful to see those signs of independence.

Thanks so much for participating in the first edition of this meme. I'm going to keep it going during the summer, too. Our family doesn't "officially" homeschool during the summer, but there is still a lot of learning going on.

Edward said...

That's awesome. It wasn't until after college that I realized that I'd better bust my hump on my own and come up with own story for success, if I wanted to succeed. Nice to see they're steps ahead of the general public: work done = now I can do nothing. Bravo!