Friday, July 15, 2011

It's Not A School Day

I usually do school all year round. It’s never been a problem for us because my son did not know when it was a school day and when it wasn’t. Now he has two friends in the neighborhood. Now he knows when his friends are not in school. Usually by 11:00 in the morning one or both of them are at the door wanting to play. It makes it hard to get him to sit down and work on school work when his friends are at the door. Some days I can get him awake and ready to do a little work before his friends show up. But most days they are at the door before he even wakes up. I’m not sure how we are going to change our way of doing school work. I’m not willing to do school Monday to Friday, 9 to 3.

We do a lot of extra work on rainy days when the boys can’t play outside. We also do some school work late at night. I have found that my son loves to read to me after Dad goes to bed at night. He really enjoys the private time with me. We have had many many long talks after 11:00 at night. I may try to add some more work online during those late night hours as well.

I think another thing that I may do is to just invite the other boys in to help with some of our work. I’m sure they would enjoy some of the craft projects or the messy science projects. Oh yeah, messy science and three 8 year olds. I wonder if the other boys have seen what happens when you drop mentos into diet coke.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Gods And Goddesses

The other day my son came out of his bedroom and asked me if Zeus and Posiden were brothers. I told him that I didn’t know but we could check it out. So of course I went online to check these things out. I found a really cool lapbook on Ancient Greece. So I printed everything out for it. I also went to and ordered a handful of books on Greek Mythology and Norse Mythology. The next day we sat down to look at the lapbook that I found. Well, my son has absolutely no interest in Ancient Greece. He has no interest in the lapbook. He wants to learn about the gods and goddesses. So okay, we need to change directions here a bit.

I got out one of the new books that I bought and we started reading about Cronus. Cronus was the lord of the universe. My son was all ears and wanted to hear more and more. Then I came to the part where Cronus ate his children. My son was so distressed. He couldn’t believe that anyone would eat his own children. He was done with the gods and goddesses.

The next day he decided that he still wanted to learn more about them so we went back to reading the book again. We read about how Rhea tricked Cronus into swallowing a stone instead of her last baby. My son was so happy when Metis gave Cronus the magic herbs that caused Cronus to spit out not only the rock that Rhea had given him but all five of the children as well. We’re still working on learning more about the gods and goddesses. But we’re taking it very slowly.

Oh and in case you’re interested, Zeus and Posideon are brothers.