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Cool Spring Seems Over, Seeds are Planted Everyday

Today, a gorgeous day, the temp finally climbed up much higher than it has been this spring.  We’ve been waiting for pool weather, and gone even though it was barely in the 70’s.  The other day, I shivered while my granddaughter stayed in the heated pool almost alone, as there wasn’t another child there at all.

We do our schooling in the morning and since she’s reading much faster, and writing and doing math much faster, we are frequently finished except for the 1/2 hour of reading together that I enforce.  We’ve read such good books!  It’s the best part of the day for me, as I love this, and listening to improvement is also so good.

We will do lots of pool time, as it’s the way she gets to play with other children.  She is improving at that, and it’s good to see.


Lovely day, May 15!

Today, we finished all our schoolwork by 9:40!  That’s unprecedented!  For some reason, ever since testing, my ADHD difficult student has been most cooperative, and when that happens, she has extra time to play on Scratch, or practice what she wants to play on piano.  I cannot complain.

Both girls sat through testing a bit over a week ago, and were timed as usual.  (I always follow directions.) They both sat studiously at the table and did their full battery without incident, without fidgeting, and finished within the time limit each time.  I was so pleased!

It could be they are becoming more mature.  That would be a blessing.  I can hardly wait for the test results now.

I did snap pics of the math portion for the 4th grader, and her test answer sheet, so I could see myself how she did.  It’s the only reason to test, as far as I can tell.  If I know what she fell short on, we can review, and work more at that.  I know she did fine on the other subjects, but she’s been struggling with math.  After all, she’s only 9, finishing 4th grade.  I was in 3rd at age 9.

So, after they went home, I did the test myself! Compared my answers to hers, and lo and behold! She did fabulous!  I’m so proud of her!  We did struggle with fractions, converting fractions to whole numbers, and back the other way.  Struggled with converting decimals to fractions, and vice versa.  I think we’ve learned that the struggle is how we learn!

And the entire experience has helped her to gain confidence!  I suspect music lessons help with math, too, but not sure how.