What Does It Mean?

Rose is doing preschool worksheets at home sometimes.  On this page, she's supposed to circle the thing that is "last."  Emperor is absolutely perplexed by this.  Why are there piles of leaves floating over the ducks' heads?  And why is the grass white?  And how should I know which one is last?  You can't tell these things.  Yes.  Rose can.  I never taught her this skill; she just knows which one is last.  She can also pass the "which one is different" test.  Poor Emperor cannot.  He will vociferously argue how all the things pictured could be grouped together, or separately, or it really isn't right to say that the smaller triangle doesn't belong because it certainly appears congruent to the others and ... the world is a genuinely confusing place for him sometimes.  :/

Patrick looked at this page and started laughing his head off at one of the pictures.  "It looks like these people are (disgusting activity)!"  Oh my.  It's a preschool book.  But now that he mentions it, it sure looks like (activity) is going on every time I look at the page.  Don't you hate when that happens?

1. Could you perhaps explain it like Mama duck is leading so the last duckling in line is "Last"?
Rose is doing very well. Finding which is last isn't something that usually needs to be taught. Most kids just pick it up, the one on the end=easy.

1. Ah, I have explained that since they are going THIS way, here is the last duck. Perhaps I should explain the leading/following aspect then.

2. I know you need to teach Emperor so that he can function well in so called "society" but I do love how he sees some things, like why is the grass white?
and those 3 bushes appear to be resting on the poor duck's heads

when I was a child I was seen as "different" and "troubled" becasue of "behavior issues" stemming from "an unstable home"
all the quotes are NYC teachers
I hated it and wanted nothing more than to be "normal" and "mainstream"
when I look back at how I killed myself to fit in and how in the end all of my quotables were what made me wonderful

hugs to all
we're prepping for a hurricane round here
OY!

1. And you are STILL wonderful! :)

In Florida we prepared for hurricanes ALL THE TIME. I promise you that hurricanes never bring snow there, so hopefully they won't there either and everyone is just overly cautious...

3. Rose is a clever wee girl, and Emperor is one SUPER CLEVER BOY for looking outside the box.
'Activity' ... yikes!

4. Great job, Rose!

Sometimes thinking differently is what opens everyone else's eyes to the world. I am applying this to what Emperor said...not Patrick!!! lol ;)

Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK.

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series.

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap!

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D!

My gallery of homeschool appreciation pics:

Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…