I have not blogged for two weeks. What have I been doing during the time of absence?
Nothing. And a lot of things.
I spent a lot of my time helping PP to get into a new school- and homework routine. He has his moments of joy and despair in the whole scheme of attending school full time five days a week.
His school takes on the STEM curriculum and thus the homework are also challenging to do it by himself. Parents involvement are strongly encouraged but I know for sure it is another way to say, hey parents, you are required to do these stuff with your kids. I don’t mind working with him at all, I really don’t.
It is just …
There were days I had to be the “bad cop” and forced him to get his work done. I hate being the bad cop. I hate having to force him to do things that he was not willing to do. Then there were days he was so willing to enthusiastic that he initiated to do the work himself. I did not need to put up my ugly bad cop face and life was so much about roses and butterflies; at least that was how I felt.
Almost a month in and we are getting a hang of it. Every Sunday morning he and I sit down to work on his book report. It is a weekly assignment that he needs to understand literary theme of the book being read on the previous Friday. Thanks to YouTube that I always find the book to watch with him without running to the local library to look for one.
So far he has worked on three books; I have come to enjoy all of them:
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., and John Archambault.
- My Friends by Taro Gomi
- If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Numeroff.
For math homework I created counting by 2s, by 5s, by 10s charts for him to work on logics and also rote memorization. He needs to know all these charts by the end of October for some benchmark assessment. Is it too demanding for kids this age to know all of these? Or is it just normal? I did not attend elementary school in the America and hence have no basis of comparison. Any experienced parents out there can feel free to chime in.
As for Peanut, my preschooler is in the phase of “Pete the Cat” series since his teacher read the first book on the second day of school. Nowadays I have to live with the repetition of preschooler tunes, I am rocking in my school shoes. That and my buttons, my four groovy buttons, and then my belly button. Now I am so tune-bugged, and so is Mr. O.
Life is all well!