Today was slightly difficult.
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I knew that Mercutio was going to have a rough morning, given how little he slept last night. When he has his sleep troubles, I can usually anticipate a rough day with him, and today was no exception.
First we observed the potato. Which is actually starting to freak me out a little. We noted the changes on our data sheet and Mercutio admitted that he’s no longer entirely convinced that the potato will melt. I explained to him that it was okay, when you learn new information, your opinion might be changed and it was always smart to be open to that. 
Last week he and I covered letter recognition and sounds, again, just to make sure he had it down pat and he did. He does. But today he guessed instead of putting effort and thought into his answers, and we tried that for a little while until I just couldn’t take it anymore. I asked him to be done today, to go up to his room and try to rest. If after that he felt he could try again, I’d be willing, but we both needed to recuperate. 
While we did this, Severus made a puppet out of a paper bag and Caesar made his way through one of his language arts workbooks without much instruction and did a truly phenomenal job. I think he went through eight pages before I finally stopped him and suggested we try something else after a break.
Mercutio rejoined the table and wanted to try again, so I took a deep breath and he did very well for a while, reading words and comprehending word blends, but then all of a sudden his interest waned and he went right back to what he was doing at first. I gave him the day off for both of our benefits.
Caesar and I started to play Stack the States together as a precursor to an activity that we’ve all been dying to get into. Mercutio and Severus joined in {we even got Christian involved} and we had a blast! 
So, if I may digress - a confession: You know when you hand someone a blank map of the US and say “Fill it in with states and stuff.” Yeah. I can’t. {I’m not hopeless, but I can’t fill it in entirely.} Instead, I can draw you the Hawaii state flag from memory, tell you all about the royal lineage if you want to hear it, I can make poi {not that I would eat it}, and describe to you the humuhumunukunukuapua’a in detail!
I never had social studies, history, geography classes in their… formal regard. And by the time I was able to receive that critical education, I was over school as a whole, having to make up these lacking credits by taking two social studies classes and 9th grade geography {in my senior year} was not my idea of EXCITE! So I retained very, very little of it. {I’d like to say something poignant here; like if I’d known I’d be teaching my children I’d have stuck with it, but I’d be lying. Which is why I’m thankful my brain works-ish, because it ain’t too late to learn me something.}
So, anyway. I admitted to Caesar that I was going to need his help to learn and he was thrilled at the task. {It was so cute when he put his arm around me and said “Mommy, we learned this about Alaska, remember?” I had, and actually already knew that Juneau was the capitol long before this game told me, but I melted at how gently he encouraged me along.} 
We all played for a long time together, yelling as the stacks of states fell off to the side of the podium and crushed our whole hearts, and laughing every time someone pronounced “Massachusetts” all wrong. We eventually put the Kindle down to move on to the other part of the lesson.
THE MAP! This map has been in the house since summer of last year, a gift from my MIL who is one of our biggest homeschool supporters, and we’ve been trying to get to it. It’s huge, and it’s to be colored in. I handed everyone a square and they got cracking. And then I couldn’t bear it and asked if I could color with them. I showed Mercutio how to make a rainbow and he smiled so hard I thought his face would break. 
We’ll work on this through the week, when it’s done we’ll hang it up in what’s about to become their reading nook, and we’ll learn what makes each state special or weird whenever we go into the space {hoping that will encourage its use by the more hesitant reader in our midst}.
Knowing we still have reading in the plans tonight and a story to finish writing tomorrow, I decided to let the day end on a high note.
More reading and math on the agenda tomorrow as well, I think I’m going to split them up for reading to give them both better undivided attention. Math is usually no trouble for them to do at the same time, Caesar’s finally going to jump into more multiplication!

Today was slightly difficult.

I knew that Mercutio was going to have a rough morning, given how little he slept last night. When he has his sleep troubles, I can usually anticipate a rough day with him, and today was no exception.

First we observed the potato. Which is actually starting to freak me out a little. We noted the changes on our data sheet and Mercutio admitted that he’s no longer entirely convinced that the potato will melt. I explained to him that it was okay, when you learn new information, your opinion might be changed and it was always smart to be open to that. 

Last week he and I covered letter recognition and sounds, again, just to make sure he had it down pat and he did. He does. But today he guessed instead of putting effort and thought into his answers, and we tried that for a little while until I just couldn’t take it anymore. I asked him to be done today, to go up to his room and try to rest. If after that he felt he could try again, I’d be willing, but we both needed to recuperate. 

While we did this, Severus made a puppet out of a paper bag and Caesar made his way through one of his language arts workbooks without much instruction and did a truly phenomenal job. I think he went through eight pages before I finally stopped him and suggested we try something else after a break.

Mercutio rejoined the table and wanted to try again, so I took a deep breath and he did very well for a while, reading words and comprehending word blends, but then all of a sudden his interest waned and he went right back to what he was doing at first. I gave him the day off for both of our benefits.

Caesar and I started to play Stack the States together as a precursor to an activity that we’ve all been dying to get into. Mercutio and Severus joined in {we even got Christian involved} and we had a blast! 

So, if I may digress - a confession: You know when you hand someone a blank map of the US and say “Fill it in with states and stuff.” Yeah. I can’t. {I’m not hopeless, but I can’t fill it in entirely.} Instead, I can draw you the Hawaii state flag from memory, tell you all about the royal lineage if you want to hear it, I can make poi {not that I would eat it}, and describe to you the humuhumunukunukuapua’a in detail!

I never had social studies, history, geography classes in their… formal regard. And by the time I was able to receive that critical education, I was over school as a whole, having to make up these lacking credits by taking two social studies classes and 9th grade geography {in my senior year} was not my idea of EXCITE! So I retained very, very little of it.
{I’d like to say something poignant here; like if I’d known I’d be teaching my children I’d have stuck with it, but I’d be lying. Which is why I’m thankful my brain works-ish, because it ain’t too late to learn me something.}

So, anyway. I admitted to Caesar that I was going to need his help to learn and he was thrilled at the task. {It was so cute when he put his arm around me and said “Mommy, we learned this about Alaska, remember?” I had, and actually already knew that Juneau was the capitol long before this game told me, but I melted at how gently he encouraged me along.} 

We all played for a long time together, yelling as the stacks of states fell off to the side of the podium and crushed our whole hearts, and laughing every time someone pronounced “Massachusetts” all wrong. We eventually put the Kindle down to move on to the other part of the lesson.

THE MAP! This map has been in the house since summer of last year, a gift from my MIL who is one of our biggest homeschool supporters, and we’ve been trying to get to it. It’s huge, and it’s to be colored in. I handed everyone a square and they got cracking. And then I couldn’t bear it and asked if I could color with them. I showed Mercutio how to make a rainbow and he smiled so hard I thought his face would break. 

We’ll work on this through the week, when it’s done we’ll hang it up in what’s about to become their reading nook, and we’ll learn what makes each state special or weird whenever we go into the space {hoping that will encourage its use by the more hesitant reader in our midst}.

Knowing we still have reading in the plans tonight and a story to finish writing tomorrow, I decided to let the day end on a high note.

More reading and math on the agenda tomorrow as well, I think I’m going to split them up for reading to give them both better undivided attention. Math is usually no trouble for them to do at the same time, Caesar’s finally going to jump into more multiplication!

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