Wake up 6.30, read books, tidy rooms, get dressed by 7.30, eat breakfast and be ready for working at 8.30.
Nothing rushed, which is a nice change and most days we are finished by 12.30.
H and J start learning together, H loves it and gets straight to work, some days so fast I have to find extra work for him. J on the other hand loves certain subjects or parts of subjects. Loves Science and Social Studies, and Reading the novels but is not too keen on doing the things he thinks he knows already, or those things not presented in an interesting way. He changes with the weather! Some days he will get 10 pages of maths done in 10 mins and other days he decides he would rather be doing science.
That is the good thing about Home Education, you can just go with what is interesting for the child at that particular moment and do the other bits later.
J made a comment at the end of yesterday "I learned something today. It is better just to get in and do it!" Finally he got it for himself.
We have spent the last two weeks talking about how there are some tasks that may be hard or boring but need to be done, like washing dishes! "What would happen if I just decided not to do the dishes because I didn't like the job?" I said. "The reward comes when you complete the job and see a nice clean bench. We clean the playroom so we can have a space to play and find our things in the right place.There will always be tough jobs or things you don't like doing, but you need to find a way to get them done and try and make those jobs pleasant. Completing these jobs well can be more rewarding than tasks you find easy or enjoyable!"
The message is getting through slowly.
I use stickers everyday, I have a folder full of different ones they can choose from.
On special days when they have tried extra hard they get to watch a DVD if they ask for it.
I have said they can choose a special reward when they each collect 10 stars for their great efforts at completing the tests at the end of each book. They both decided on Dreamworld, which they have asked to do for a few years now. So far we are half way, next time I will make it 20 stars I think!
One big positive we have experienced from Home Educating is that the boys are enjoying each others company a lot more, probably because J is not tired from the long day at and travelling to and from school. Really nice to see...