Yesterday, the older kids and I loaded up their school stuff and drove to our local library for a different way (I like different ways) to do school. My younger two stayed home with Gramma Robin.
We spent a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes there.
We worked on reading, math, handwriting, and science.
Emilia finished her 2nd grade Horizons math workbook!
She usually did two lessons each time she did math. At home, however, two lessons could take her FOOORRREEEVVVEERRR to do. Seriously. Forever. I could have vacuumed; dusted; washed all the dishes; washed, dried, folded, and put away 5 loads of laundry; cleaned out the inside of the refrigerator; and scrubbed the tile floor. With a toothbrush - for an hour. And she still would have been working on the first problem. (Okay, maybe that was a slight exaggeration...but only slightly.)
It's amazing what completely focusing on the task at hand can do for a child.
At the library, it was just her and her math book (I took Jonny to the children's section so he could read to me), complete silence (except for the incessant ticking of the clock on the wall), and boring apple pictures on the (super bright yellow - so not good for the skin tone in pictures) wall.
She finished her last two lessons in RECORD time. Not her record, mind you, because that would have been way too easy to beat. But she even beat the record of that kid who does two lessons of math really fast and gets all the right answers. Whoever that kid is. Anyway, he no longer matters. She holds the record now.
She's rockin' the cursive this year using a Handwriting Without Tears Cursive book. She actually enjoys cursive writing, so this takes her a total of two minutes to complete (again with the exaggeration...it's more like five minutes).
Aren't they just so cute?! I love these times we spend together. They and their sweet brothers make being "Mommy" pretty fun. I'm fond of them.
We even made time for a short "recess" at the park located next to the library. This decision may have had something to do with the fact that Jonny was acting like he just drank an entire Monster Energy drink, along with a Mountain Dew. And a pound of sugar. You can see it on his face just a little. He was wired. Maybe it was the neon yellow room. We'll pick a more subdued shade next time.
I'd say it went very well, despite the blinding shade of yellow.
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