The Start of Week 3

My weeks are all messed up – no surprise since I can hardly remember what happened yesterday or what I’m supposed to do tomorrow.  I have been working really hard to get everything ready for you for school.  I stay up too late, and I’m tired in the morning, but everything is ready so that our day can run as smooth as possible.  It’s a lot of work, and it’s work that I truly look forward to doing!

Batman, you continue to make me so proud.  I wish I learned as easily as you do!  Keep trying your best, and try to be helpful.  When you are diligent, you enjoy what you’re doing, and we have so much fun.  Your little brothers look up to you so much, and I love it when you are a good role model for them.  They will learn so many good things from you.

Enjoy the week!

Week 2 Complete (this post is a couple days behind!)

You continued to progress very quickly through math this week – so quickly that you’ll be taking a test to see if you are ready for the next grade of math instead of finishing first grade math.  This doesn’t surprise me, since last year as a kindergartner you loved math so much and so we spent a lot of time on it.  We should know by the end of the week when and if you’ll move up.  I hope your love of math will continue, because there are a lot of ways that it gets used in your adult life.  Today we had someone measure our yard for a fence, and he talked to you about how he measured (in feet) and how he determined the cost (by multiplying the distance and the cost of the products).  I was glad that you had the opportunity to start seeing how math is used by some people in their jobs as adults.  Daddy and Papa will be able to give you a lot of great examples of this also!  And Grammy and Nana too!  There is a lot of math to be done when you build a house or give someone medicine!

In Language Arts, you love to hear the stories for the literature component of the class, and you do such a good job comprehending the story and remembering a lot of details (some that I don’t even notice as I read the story to you!).  I think that reading to you and with you is one of my favorite things to do.  I really love to hear you read, and I love talking to you about the stories and watching you and Hulk act them out later.  You read easily, and I know that it can frustrate you when Spelling doesn’t come as easily.  I think it will eventually, so try to be patient.  Proper spelling is important, as we’ve been learning during our Vocabulary lessons on homophones.  Spelling a word incorrectly can make it a completely different word!

Science and Social Studies/History take us the longest to complete, which is fine because you really seem to enjoy these subjects.  We don’t do these every day, but you seem happy to do them on the days when we study them.  Reading might not be your favorite subject right now, even though you do so well at it, but in order to continue enjoying Social Studies and History, you’ll want to keep working on your reading, because you do a lot of it in those subjects.  Daddy’s brother can tell you about that!

I love being your teacher, Batman.  I hope that someday you’ll be able to appreciate it.  It is hard work.  Probably the hardest job I’ve ever had.  It makes me get tears in my eyes when I think about how hard it is.  It takes a long time to get your lessons prepared and reading all of the material ahead of time.  I always get excited, and I imagine your reactions and questions to the different activities.  I will be praying for your heart to be happy, that you will complete activities for school or for home without complaining (Philippians 2:14 ), and that you will always try your very best (Colossians 3:23).

 

Do all  things without grumbling or arguing. Philippians 2:14

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.  Colossians 3:23

From Firsts to First Grade (Week 1)

Batman,

It’s hard to believe that you’re six years old.  I like to remember the day you were born, my first born son, and all the firsts that came with having a new baby for the first time – first smile, first laugh, first time rolling and sitting, first words, first full night of sleep…  This year it’s another first, but it’s FIRST grade.  How you have grown!

We have completed your first official week of homeschooling for the year.  It had its ups and downs, but I’m trying to concentrate on the ups. 🙂  Once we get started in your lessons, you are so creative and your vocabulary is so sweet.  I love hearing your responses to questions, and the words you choose to use.  You are very quick with the math lessons we’re working on, and you love playing math games.  You have such an easy time remembering the things you learn in Science and Social Studies.  I wish I still had a memory like that!  Fortunately, you do a good job helping me remember things too.  Your heart can be so big, and I just love it when you show compassion and kindness to your brothers and other people.

My goals this week are to keep your emotions calm and your motivation high, and for me to be more organized so that I can have an easier time staying a step ahead of you.  Thank you for all the hard work you do.  God has blessed me with you as my son, and while you are learning from and with your mama every day, I am going to try to make sure that I use YOU to teach me new things too.

I’m so proud of you and I love you so much!

Love,

Mommy

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