It’s been a quiet, uneventful week here – just checking assignments off the list. TJ’s craving more independence but when I’m not supervising she tends to dawdle away her time. So I’m thinking about ways we can let her do more things on her own without her feeling like I’m breathing down her neck…. the fine balance of homeschooling a middle schooler, I guess. Any tips for me?
Our week in pictures…
- Books in our history reading pile – TJ’s reading more about Leonardo da Vinci and she started I, Juan de Pareja this week.
- More reading time – she has a 30 minute ‘quiet reading time’ every afternoon after lunch, reading anything she likes (my only rule is no comic books). I’m trying to extend this time but she groans and complains… she’s not exactly an avid reader.
- Making time for Minecraft – this seems to be the ticket for keeping her on track with her schoolwork. When she starts to dawdle I just mention that she’ll have more time for Minecraft if she can stay focused. This bribe works most of the time… sometimes I think half the work of homeschooling is just keeping kids on task.
Wandering the web….
- Go Ahead and Make a Mistake: Homeschool Without Fear from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
- 7 Reasons Homeschool Learning Through Chores Blesses Our Family from Busy Boys Brigade
- 7 Ways for Homeschool Moms to Put the ‘I’ Back into Priorities from Homeschool Your Boys
- The 4 Stages of Teaching Kids to Clean from Happy Brown House
- 5 Things You Can Do to Beat the Mid Year Slump from The Nitty Gritty Mom
Piles of books…
TJ is reading I, Juan de Pareja, a few books about the Renaissance, and some Horrible Histories books.
Reading Aloud – we are still working our way through The Mysterious Benedict Society.
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