Yesterday was our first day back to school, only our school requires no shoes.
Or bus commute.
Or brown-bag lunches
(though do children even HAVE those anymore??)
Nope-ours require only a walk to the family room and a tush plop onto floor or couch or chair tucked into the table. And wouldn't even require "day clothes" if I weren't such a mean Mama.
But it does require day clothes (though sometimes, the combed hair IS neglected.)
I had grand plans to work on Corynn throughout the summer in a more casual way to help retain all the information I burned into her little brain last fall.
But then the garden was made.
Our first family vacation was had.
Then the garden produced.
Then I got distracted.
Then I got distracted again.
Needless to say: not much was accomplished in true book form and unfortunately for me, I realized yesterday, it was too our own detriment.
Yeah yeah, I read LOTS of library books this summer. We experienced LOTS of things and had many "teachable moments" throughout our time off but as I am even more convinced of now: just living life doesn't give you all that you need to succeed.
After two months of doggy-paddling, we have got some serious serious waves to make. (wow, that was lame)
I am also reminded about how accomodating home-educating is to introspection. If you want to see how badly you stink at things, just homeschool.
I realized on DAY ONE that the hideous, four-eyed monster named Impatience is actually my first cousin and wants to hang out with me all the time. Oddly enough, I don't like the guy but I can't get away from him either. Weird.
Maybe it comes from having to RETEACH things that we had mastered a while ago.
Nevertheless, I need help. That is MY goal this year, while Corynn is practicing new concepts and Andrew is practicing his letters, my daily lesson is going to have to be patience and long-suffering. (huh. long suffering has an interesting name, wouldn't ya say?)
One of the things that Corynn began to re-struggle with is the different sounds TH, CH, SH, and WH make.
After my eyes rolled back in my head and my teeth hurt from grating them so hard, I took a few deep breathes and decided something PRODUCTIVE needed to be done to help reinforce the sounds.
These are what I came up with:
I folded a strip of paper into thirds and made a casing out of blue construction paper with tape. I cut a piece of white paper to fit inside the tube and to be just a smidge longer on either end.
Each of the four sounds is on an end of one of the "bookmark" things next to a "window" I cut from the blue. I made sure to alternate the sides for the window to get two invisible "columns" so I could fit two sounds on one bookmark.
On the white sheet is all sorts of different "endings" that will make great practice words for the sounds. As you pull up on the paper you get another and another.
I hope it helps~ I know Corynn is excited about them. That is important.
But even more important, is that she know that I am here to HELP her succeed this year, not be frustrated when she fails.
Here's to a new year!