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First Week!

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Ok, we survived our first week of home school!

I think overall it went about as expected. It was a big adjustment for us all

Although Raven continues to insist he will not do or enjoy anything, he continues to, in fact, do and enjoy almost everything. He especailly seems to love the reading game I've made up: First of all, I have three colors of index cards, with the letters you find in the beginning, middle and end of 3-letter words written very large. We change the letters around and he has to try to pronounce it. If it is a real word, once he gets it right, I write it on a white card. Then we play a game with the white cards: if he pronounces the word correctly, I have to stack a block. If he pronounces it incorrectly, he has to stack a block. Whoever's blocks fall first, loses! He also seems excited to put words in the stack which we find in his reading book which he doesnt know. And finding the Elephant and Piggie books at the library today was a total find!

Orion said he likes all of his material, and even his reading book (my freind flicka). I have to force him to read 30 minutes per day (he uses a timer) but despite protesting, he doesnt really mind. I told him that I'm hoping that once Raven adjusts, I wont spend so much time fighting with him, and will have some time to actually work with Orion - right now its just, read this for 30 minutes, work on this for an hour, etc.

Biggest lesson - dont schedule field trip day on the same day as the local 'recess' day. Spending 3 hours outside, running home for lunch and an art lesson, and then playing w freinds at the park proved way too much for me and Raven - Raven was hitting kids half-way through recess, and mom was too exhausted to move from 4 (when we got home) until 5:30 when I had to make dinner.

I also had a park day I organized with a friend - tho only the people from the unschooler list she posted it to came - i think most of the people on the main city list were upset becuase i'd posted previously in defense of the athiest group . .. eh, just as well.

And finally, my ironic thought for the week: In Richmond VA, as most of the south, the number of dogmatically religious homeschoolers is impressive. However, I have managed to avoid them, for the most part. Instead I find myself spending a lot of time with unschooler. Now, I really like unschoolers. They are creative, non-conformist, non-judgemental people . .. . except . .. in some ways I swear they are as bad as the fundies: "I have found THE way! You would be so much happier if you could SEE THE LIGHT!" Surprised
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