Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

A Beautiful Tuesday Here! And a CM Question

Ah, it is such a beautiful day in MN!    This week in school we are learning the letter O and about Octopuses.  You know, I always thought the plural was octopi, but everything I've looked up says octopuses.  Hmm…
Anyway, Vincent is loving school more and more, and he absolutely LOVES math!  We use Math Sense Blocks, which are kind of like Cuisenaire rods.  He just asked me (long after the school days over) if he could do some more math!  LOL.  I said “Okay!” and printed another worksheet for him from here.
After supper today, I loaded up Andrew in the stroller and the three of us took a walk around our neighborhood, ending at the playground right across the street from our house.  I have been guilty of not getting the boys out enough (for leisure time, anyway) and I am resolved to do this way more often.  We all had a great time, and Andrew didn't even fuss once! 
Right now, I'm reading For the Children's Sake, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.  Has anyone else read this?  There are some points that I disagree with (as I'm not 100% CM), but I am getting a lot of really good ideas from the book already.  It reads pretty easy, too.  I also have The Joyful Homeschooler, by Mary Hood, but haven't really started it yet.  Has anyone read this?  What is your opinion?
Yikes, I also have a question for those of you who have been following the CM method…did any of you have a hard time getting your child to narrate back to you what you read to them at first?  It seems like Vincent is paying attention, but when I ask him to tell me what happened, he usually says “I don't know,” after hesitating and/or thinking about it.  I'm just reading small chunks at a time (about 5-10 min for now) before asking him to narrate and am wondering how to help him along.  I'm not sure if he's just “shy” to tell it again, although he's not usually shy in nature.

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