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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Week One

Week one of school has come and gone. And I'm beginning to have thoughts of homeschooling. Again.
Not because I want to, really but with all the time and energy I'm spending on homework, I might as well be homeschooling.
It's mind boggling painful when you think that they get it one minute and then the next minute, they don't.
And it's only week one.

We're trying to get the 9 year old to do extra maths everyday outside of the stuff she does at school... and that is almost like trying to raise a mummy from the dead. Or pulling teeth... or squeezing blood out of stone. Take your pick... whichever is more excruciating.

I'm pretty sure I'm no Tiger Mum but I remember with harrowing clarity how I battled with algebra, quadratic equations and other scary stuff. If there's anything I learnt from those days it's that if the foundations aren't formed properly from the get-go, problems will abound later on.

So we recite the 9 times table in car. Then we recite the 7 times table while we walk to school. So the 9 year old says, "Why are we doing this?"
I'm tempted to say, "Because I say so." out of some primeval need to exert one's parental authority. But reason overrules and I settle for a squishy, "Because you need it... because you still don't know it that well."
She mumbles some thing under her breath and then obediently chants "9x1=9, 9x2=18, 9x3=27..."

She prattles them off with some confidence until she hears a noise and squeak or something. That's the end of her concentration.
Then there's the application aspect. She knows the times tables but then when that's turned into division, that's another nightmare.

I'm surprised I haven't seen any white hairs lately.

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