I had plans to do ALL sorts of homeschooling today... but I had a lad who just couldn't cope.
Every request was met with tears. Mom.. do I have to? Mom.. I can't it's too hard. Mom.....
I don't do whiney, weepy children well. I just don't.
I do one of two things...I either get exasperated (which leads to more frustration/tears/exasperation) OR I get overly patient (which drives the fellows in my house batty for some reason). NEITHER response goes over well so I keep trying to find a better way but it's a struggle.
So after working through IXL to see if I wanted to do them for a review (I actually managed to sell this to the lad as .. let's just play with it. no challenge, just see what it is). He didn't like the math, he liked the english so cool. we'll work with the English.
Also found a site today (totally by accident) when I let the boy off to do his bug stuff (he captures them and keeps them means he HAS TO feed them). So off he is feeding critters and I find this punctuation site. Check it out...
This lady makes programs and stuff for children. Her site is called Living Books. It's a rather neat little site (though I must admit I mostly just browsed it, but I really liked the punctuation one and it got the lad looking over my shoulder as I went through it). MOM! I know that one! (exclamation!) Made me grin...
Later on we went to the library to pick up books on Ontario. I tried to get the lad to get some picture books, but all he wanted to do was get out of the library, walk home to see if he could catch a dragonfly (he did).
BUT I did manage to get him to play a game of chess with me. I won once, and he won once. It was good. :) I didn't even intend to lose but I made an error and he capitalized on it very nicely. hmmm.. should I be pleased that my eight year old novice player son beat me????
It was a touchy day all day... but we did manage to do good. We for the most part remembered to be kind to each other. We got in some math, some language arts, some reading practice (yeah) and continued with our regular reading. T'is good that. :)