In what should only take an hour a day, we have been working through Writing With Ease Level 2 (both older kids), Growing with Grammar 3 (Child #1), Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Child #2), A Beka Arithmetic 1 (Child #2), and reviewing math facts using games/flashcards/etc (Child #1).
Unfortunately, it has not been going well lately. The whining and complaining start even before we sit down to “do school.” Anything that has to do with a pencil causes complaints with Child #1, so WWE & GWG are both resented. Even the small amount of writing that each calls for is lamented loudly before, during, and after the lesson. We are on Week 5 of WWE and Child #1 just finished Chapter 1 (of 5) in GWG 3.
Swimming at the pool usually follows the completion of our lessons for the day, but only if they have them done at a decent time. Getting up late or fooling around rather than completing chores causes the schedule to be moved back – and back – and back. It doesn’t look like there will be any pool-time today because they both have refused to take their schoolwork seriously today (breaking a pencil lead out on purpose and sulking on the other child’s part). ‘Tis sad because they really have had a great time at the pool this summer and made marvelous strides in their swimming abilities.
The cloud cover has been on and off all day, so perhaps that is contributing to their (and my) gloomy moods. I hope for a more upbeat blog post another time.