school’s out for… the summer!

And I am as excited about it as E is! :P
Actually, we’ve been done since the week before Memorial Day. Turns out I timed it perfectly and our school year extended from August 31 to May 21. Sounds short when you compare it to public, and probably even private schools, but the state allows us to do whatever dates we want as long as we get in enough hours. Technically, since E’s not yet 7, the hours for this year didn’t even matter, but we kept good hours anyway. Plus, when you’re working with just one kid (even a very uncooperative one), it’s easier to get through the work. Especially when said child doesn’t struggle with it. His biggest issue is he doesn’t want to do it, but he is ever so completely capable of it, no problem at all. I know he gets it and I suspect that a lot of it is easy for him.

You know, about three years ago now, someone online was mad at me and tried to engage me in a war, I guess, I don’t know, really, what her problem was – but she actually posted in laughter at me that my kid was unable to read. I didn’t engage her, though other people alerted me to her “activities,” and while that hurt, it was just so off the wall crazy. He was 3 years old! Of course he couldn’t read!

But now, he can… when he wants to. In fact, sometimes I wish he couldn’t read LOL because sometimes he leans over and reads my computer screen or text messages!

Honestly, I’m trying not to be the parent that thinks their kid is just so awesome, so great, etc., when they’re not, but I really believe that E is smart, very intelligent. He’s just so active, so he bounces off the walls all the time, but this kid can retain information like you wouldn’t believe. I am trying to make sure that I keep his mind active through the summer. We’re doing a reading program with Barnes & Noble that a friend told me about. It’s very simple, just picking 8 books of our own for him to read, marking them down, then we take in his sheet and he gets a free book. He doesn’t really want to, but he seems to be coming around to it. The other day we read Puff the Magic Dragon together which is pretty simple because it repeats the same phrases several times – he was actually getting annoyed with it by the end of the book and he yelled at it, “WE KNOW THAT ALREADY!!” Tonight he started reading a Doctor Seuss book to me by himself, though I still have to help with some of the words (of course), and he got about a third of the way through it before I think he got bored. So we put it down to start again tomorrow.

In Math, we really pushed it this year. I started with a small book from Walmart or Walgreens or something, first grade math. He flew through it and was finished somewhere around late October. So I ordered the first grade book from Abeka and through the rest of the year, we managed to get within 30 pages of the end (it’s really a huge book). However, I don’t ever remember actually finishing a math book in school… ever. So I’m not worried about not finishing. I went through and it was all things he already knew anyway, at that point, except for Roman numerals and from what I gather, that’s about a third grade plus skill anyway. (Right?) I don’t remember doing them myself until maybe 6th grade?? I’m keeping those pages to start for next year, review and such, unless the second grade book goes back even further.

But he has no problem adding and can easily add numbers with two or three places. I know he could do more, but the book didn’t give him more than that! Three and four numbers to a column, too. He’s learned carrying ones, he knows all about money, telling time, shapes, patterns, temperature (in Fahrenheit), oh, subtraction, of course, and even measurements such as gallons, pints, quarts, cups or inches and centimeters, etc. His biggest thing is just that he doesn’t want to do it, so he’ll act like he doesn’t know it. I guess it’s an attempt to get me to say “well forget it then”? So he might take a really long time on a problem but that’s only because he’s just sitting there mad about having to do it. When he puts his mind to it, he can really shell them out.

So I’m happy with where we ended up with for first grade. Not that we ONLY did math and reading in first grade, of course, but those are the two biggest things. Right? I think so. :P