Back to School Prep

This week, I’ve been trying to get The Older back into the grove of going to bed at 7:30 pm and doing ‘work.’ In the beginning of summer, I was really good at making sure he read for at least 30 minutes a day and works on second grade worksheets, but when the move came, I slacked. A lot. Badly. So, getting back into the rhythm has been hard, but he’s whining less, so I think we’re in the homestretch.

On of my favorite things to do with him are the Brain Quest books.

It’s easy to use, and the learning activities are fun for him. For instance, today we worked on reading (reading a poem, locating the rhyming words, and then thinking up his own), math (figuring out how many coins equal a particular sum and such), and phonics (using consonant clusters to finish words).

While The Older and I work on his book, The Younger uses the time to sit at her desk/easel to color and use a sticker book.

I like that they both feel involved with what we’re doing, and I can divide my attention equally. I’m hoping that once school starts and The Older starts bringing homework to be done, we can make it a real “family time” so no one feels like they’re missing out on anything.

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