Wow – the first day of college was never THIS draining! I am happy to report that we completed the first day of school, and there are no scars! Imagine that!
I am tired, though – I don’t know that I ever have been “on” for this length of time with both my girls at the same time… evah!
We got up late (ala late night for mommy) but once we got moving, the day progressed well. First thing up was Math for Kaitlyn, Science for Amanda. I quickly realized that Amanda is a little lacking in the ability to read independently department, so anything that requires her to read needs to have me right there. Kaitlyn’s math been by in a breeze, which I expected because it is review. They then switched places, and Katilyn once again flew threw her work as did Amanda.
The spelling program for Kaitlyn is way too basic. So, I’m going to switch gears, and just give her tests until she reaches a “stopping” point in the program, then start from there and go on ahead.
The history and geography program – it is a lot of reading, which I expected, and some map work, and discussion, and that is about all. I want to possibly tweak the program a bit to give them more worky-work (not a word, but you know what I mean.) But, before I do any big changes, I’m going to see how this week progresses.
Another contentious point was the handwriting program for Kaitlyn. She, uh, isn’t so thrilled with the style, so I will put these books away for when Amanda gets to cursive, and then get Kaitlyn a program that is a little closer to the style of writing she is used to.
Mr. Day, superintendent, offered many a words of encouragement and “atta-girls”, in addition to putting on the lunch lady hat, and interim listener when Kaitlyn had her read aloud times. He also quizzed her, so he definitely was “into it”.
Brief interview of the girls after school was out – Amanda was thumbs up on everything, Kaitlyn was “meh” on everything. I knew her attitude toward “school” would not instantly change, but she was engaged fairly well throughout the process.
I purchased a teacher’s record book, and am using that to not only note what we are working on, but also ideas on what worked, what didn’t.