Monday, July 26, 2010

Our days

So far this summer the girls have had summer school, and then last week they had Karate camp. So, this week starts the first time all summer that our days are free and unscheduled. 

Karate camp was a blast!!! I was so impressed, the very first day they came home and had learned a lot. They weren't great of course, but I could recognize what moves they were trying to accomplish. There was a lot of yelling hi-YA and trying to balance on one foot. Teena would say "Mama, Mama, be a perpetrator Mama, pretend you are a perpetrator". I eventually figured out she meant I should  try to grab her by the arms, which I did, and she promptly kicked me in the shin. It worked! I let go!

Now begins the official summer drag. Endless days, open season on tantrums and fits. I realized something recently- I home school! Yes I do! It was a surprise to me as well! I know that Genea needs all the help she can get academically. If I can keep her up with the material, then she will be more able to focus on new information when school starts in the fall. When she moved in with us, I don't think she could sing the alphabet so we started there and I tried to get her as much of a running start as I could for kindergarten and I have made a point of working on academics all summer going on three years now. I found out from reading Watching the Waters (who actually does home school and knows what she is talking about!) that this is home schooling! Well daaaaaaaaaaaaang! I guess it is! So now I know- I would officially slit my own throat if I had to do this all year round! One of those things you don't know until you try it I think. Anyhow, Teena works on writing her name and such and so far this summers home school is going great. You know, since we started today. Awesome!

13 comments:

  1. LOL! You know you wanna be one of us...you're just doing it on the sly. ~giggle~

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  2. hi-YA! I could picture her saying all that and then kicking you in the shin, funny! I hope the rest of the summer goes as well as today! Good stuff!

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  3. I tried home schooling the boy for one year when i worked from home. After he gnawed thru the computer wires and noise canceling headphones like a demon possessed hamster i put him back in school.

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  4. You sent your kids to KARATE CAMP? You mean, where they learn more effective ways to kick and hit? You are so brave. I'm only sending mine to soccer camp, you know- where they run. On a field.

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  5. Well, I for one will be glad when your kids go back to school, so you can get back to your regular blogging. You make me laugh on a regular basis.

    I'm the opposite of you though. Easy to say, since I work 3-4 days a week and don't have to listen to the inevitable bickering and complaints of boredom, but...I LOVE the carefree, unscheduled days of summer and dread the back to school grind.

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  6. Fun playing the perp, until you get kicked in the shins!! So cute to imagine them doing their little karate yells.

    Those unstructured summer days CAN drag when they are young....I hear ya! And I would be right beside you on the homeschooling thing, I would NOT be able to hack it full time!

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  7. Essie,

    I wanted to find him some green or red chuck taylors and then match the tie and cumberbun, but my mom saw these skater shoes and he loved them.

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  8. I hear you on the only in the summer part... we do the same sorts of things, ya know, this is an educational TV show and that comic book is historical fiction... all learning all the time. lol. may you survive the coming weeks.

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  9. Like Rachael, I love the less stressful summer.

    Summer is fun....as long as A. has the structure of her morning tennis lesson, even she copes pretty well.

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  10. i think of summer as homeschooling months too.

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  11. ROFLMAO! Now you know why I take the happy pills.

    FWIW, you just don't know what a great teacher you are. Read the kids a book (reading). Karate camp (swimming, bike riding, jumping on a trampoline, running around the backyard, jumproping, etc): phys. ed. Singing: music. "I'm gonna count to 10 and this room better be cleaned up! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9 1/2, 9 3/4, 9 7/8...": Math. Go color Mommy a picture: Art.

    It's all about creativity, my friend. ;-)

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  12. I homeschool too. I consider the 8 hours they spend at school to be my "prep" period.

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