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    So, I've been trying (that is, desperately struggling) to find something that would help make schooling/learning/teaching easier. Not necessarily less work (that would be hard, since "work" happens so rarely here), but definitely more...pleasant. My Boy is a whirlwind, who mostly wants to do his own thing, and hates being interrupted to "do school." My Girl wants me to get (and use) an old-fashioned school bell, to say the pledge every morning, and to have very distinct classes, in an orderly, structured way. I am a completely scattered curriculum junkie who can't stay foc - LOOK! SQUIRREL! You get the picture.

    I decided I'd try the workbox system - more structure for the Girl, a definite end for the Boy, probably more work for me. Ok, it's only been a day. I should not let my excitement run away with me. Maybe it's the novelty. Whatever, they sat down at 8:35, did their work (and well), enjoyed the "fun" boxes, and we were done by 11 am. (We skipped history, though, because I couldn't find the book we are reading - so add a 1/2 hour). What? I keep thinking, "what did we forget?" One load of laundry's done, the ducks have been fed, and my breakfast and lunch dishes are done (!) and the kids are out sledding.

    I don't know if it will continue so pleasantly, but now I have one mundane yet fabulous day that I can remember and say, "Ahhh, yes, it is possible!"
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    Sounds great!
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    Workboxes seem to work well here, too, although we don't do them 'properly'.

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    Awesome. What a great feeling! So....what in the heck was in those workboxes? Sending good vibes for your next day...

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    Fingers crossed that that is a sign of more excellant mundane days in your future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdpele View Post
    So....what in the heck was in those workboxes?
    Crack lollipops.

    No, actually, yesterday, Girl did German, math (Beast Academy), science, journal writing, grammar, some assigned reading, and copywork. Today she did Math, German, science, more writing (I asked for 4 sentences, she wrote 11), history, vocabulary (Vocab from Classical Roots) and a 3-D map of the transcontinental railroad.

    Yesterday, Boy did a math worksheet (one of those riddle-type things where you find the answer and put the letter in the right place to get the answer - only the "riddle" is the name of a superhero) WITH NO COMPLAINT, grammar worksheet, grammar matching activity, spelling, journal writing (2 sentences - what I asked for - plus a title and illustration), played with Magnetix, and a tiny bit of assigned reading (the book was "too wordy." sigh. It was non-fiction.) I also had a box with a superhero onomatopeia (?) word search for him to do, but he wasn't interested. As that was one of the "fun" boxes, I didn't require it.

    Today he did more superhero math (and wrote an "I heart math" post-it note!!!!), copywork, a find-the-nouns activity, history (listen and narrate), his own 3-D map of the trans. railroad (with added pictures of all the possible dangers and disasters), and worked on a Geography Through Art project ("stained glass" picture of...a T. rex. Of course.) We ran out of steam before finishing today, but it's still more completed work than usual, and Boy and I will be doing the science we didn't get to while Girl's at TaeKwon-do.

    We went from 8:35 to about noon today. (Ducks fed, one more load of laundry and some ironing done, breakfast and lunch dishes still in the sink. Oh no!!!)
    Melissa

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    Mmmm...maybe I should give those bins a try. Might make things easier for DH when I am at work, too.

    What German curriculum/program is Girl using, BakedAK? DS is doing German, but just what I have pieced together using my old high school German 1 text. I'm looking to get something more concrete for next year and haven't quite found what I have pictured in my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikslobotetak View Post

    What German curriculum/program is Girl using, BakedAK?
    We started the year with PowerGlide German for high school, which was a goof on my part - the used curriculum I got was labeled high school, but I somehow missed it. We gave it a shot, since I had German in hs/college and thought I could help her over the deeper stuff. Doh. After 3 months of very intermittent study, I realized that wasn't working. (a little slow on the uptake) So we switched to the elementary version this semester (PowerGlide Jr.). She's motivated to learn, but she's annoyed by the voices on the tapes (they are geared to very young language learners.

    Have you checked out DuoLinguo? It's web-based and free, and there are no annoying voices saying, "Did you point to the bear? Great!" I was trying to refresh my German a bit, and got out one of my old hs German books. I am old. Lots of info about the 4 countries where German is spoken: Austria, Switzerland, the BRD and the DDR. Can you hear my joints creaking as I type?
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    btw, checklists have worked great here. My younger loved physical, printed lists for a while, but now he just KNOWS what subjects he has to do, and does them (i mean, eventually lol). My older one i still make an online checklist for him every day. He did his own checklist for his coursera courses, which is what I am hoping he'll do come fall, in college.
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