Friday, November 6, 2009

Howdy!

I am so behind on posting. Little man was sick last week with pink eye and an ear infection. So we sent Sassy away to both her grandparents houses for three nights. So we really didn't do school. Then this week, we're still in Brazil and trying to do the geography game every day, even if we don't do anything else. They really enjoy that game.

Sassy is three weeks away from her new math. I told her that when she finishes Alpha she won't start Beta til after Christmas. So she'll just do online drills and the occasional workbook page. She was very excited for that. Little man is struggling with the multiple digit addition problems still. His answers almost always have alteast one number wrong. I feel so bad for him when that happens. He takes it personally and thinks he's stupid. I keep trying to tell him that Sassy's math is easier, and that's why she is done so fast, so he doesn't need to be speedy and mess up. But he doesn't like that his takes forever. But he needs to learn that he can't have an attitude about it. That's why he lost his bionicles for the day today. Daddy was home and didn't like the tone in his voice or the attitude towards me. The principal is in the house. :)

All in all we are liking ECC. It is very light, so on days we are busy or sick, we can just do math and our readers and then stack it to another day.

I hope everyone else's week is going better than mine. :)

11 comments:

Christi said...

It is so hard when they compare themselves to one another and feel like they are falling short. We try so hard to emphasize that everyone has their own skill level and their own strengths. Math here, reading there, art: well maybe none of us are artists! Anyway, I hope everyone is feeling better and y'all have a blessed weekend.

H-Mama said...

So sorry your baby boy has been under the weather. Hope all is 'normal' again soon!

Looks like we are using the same math. Gracie has been working on her Beta and will start Gamma after Christmas. The goal is to get her started in Teaching Textbooks next year.

Rhonda said...

Sorry your little guy is having problems with math right now. Funny how things will suddenly click and it gets so much better-I'm sure it will for him too. :0)

SmallWorld at Home said...

Oh, math! Such a sore spot!

Jennifer said...

Math can be so difficult. I had such a hard time sometimes I think I over-sympathize with my kiddos.

Giggly Girls said...

Awww, bless Little Man's heart. Praying that his body and his spirit are feeling better for next week. I'm sure it will click soon for him.

We just started Gamma but we haven't hit the double digit's yet.

Leah C said...

Sorry you've had a hard week. Math can be tough! I hope next week looks brighter. :-)

Samantha said...

We spent nearly two weeks on multiple digit addition before I felt comfortable moving my son on, but it was worth slogging through. Hopefully, next week will be a little easier on him.

Loving Our Homeschool said...

We spent an extra 6-9 months on single digit addition, so I feel your pain even though it's with a different math concept. We got through that and Gamma is in our near future! Now if we could only get through spelling without tears.....
Heather

{ jamie } said...

Hang in there! We have math battles around here sometimes, too!

Calina said...

Oh math, a necessary evil. LOL! Yes, we have been there done that. Actually, still are doing it. It seems my little darling can't find the room in her head for the basics 2+2. Despite regular practice and lots of hands-on learning, it still isn't clicking.

Can you slow down your son's math program? My daughter is in 2nd grade, but we are struggling through abeka 1 math. We are splitting the lessons in half because she gets so frustrated. (One lesson was taking an hour a day) The rest of math time is games like dice, addition war, dominoes. Maybe your two children could play the games together?