Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 19

I am cautiously optimistic that we reached a breakthrough! Two big things changed for Ibis between yesterday and today; the first was the decision that her daddy will be spending some special time with her in the evenings as much as possible. She has very few interests in life and has no real activity or toy that really captures her attention. Ibis loves to do three things : help with cooking, play ball, and swim. So, they will try to do one of these things every evening as long as her schoolwork is completed. Second, I let her choose the order in which we go through her subjects each day. Traditionally we were starting with math, followed by language, and finished with (depending on the day) science, social studies, or art. Her planner is written out so she can see the day's activities and now she is old enough to decide what she wants to tackle first. This morning we did social studies, and then math, and then the dreaded grammar, and finished with spelling. She had an amazing attitude and there were no fights or refusals. I am *really* hoping I continue to see this nice, engaged little girl I know she can be.

Alexei, Grade 4
math p 110 & 112 : Ch. 3 test
writing : edit and revise final copy of vivid description
read for 15 minutes
social studies p 58-65 and homework book p 16-17 :  the economy and types of business

Ibis, Grade 2
math p 53-56 : comparing tens and ones
spelling p 12-14 : words with ee and ea
grammar p 13-16 : naming and telling parts of sentences
social studies p 74-83 :  read about North America, label and color map of North America

Coral, pre-K
color and glue a donkey craft
color patterns (in workbook)
paint a paper traffic light
read together Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester

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