Our school is back in session and it was the best first week we've ever had. Normally the first day of school goes very well and the second day is a disaster. The kids quickly realize that learning activities take away from their free time. This year was different.
Adding more breaks, giving the kids more say during writing time and working with each child's strengths has helped tremendously. My 12 year old thrives on routine and predictability. Each day has a flow which includes the same subjects at the same time of day. For math she uses Math-U-See which works well for. It is predictable in that she will be working on problems in a lesson or watching a lesson DVD.
My daughter researched how to ride a unicycle. She received one for her birthday and has been practicing. She learned the best way to learn to ride is to vary your mistakes (if you fall off backward, try to lean more forwards), practice every day, and don't ride too slow.
We learned how a paddle boat works. The learning never stops!
What did you do for your first week of school?
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