AO Year 4, Term 1, Week 1

This week was Peanut’s first week of school, while Moose was off at acting camp. Last school year we spent 2 terms transitioning back into Charlotte Mason philosophy with Peanut, so it was exciting to start this year fully prepared for it. 🙂

Peanut is able to read most of her books, although I still read a couple (Shakespeare, Plutarch, Bullfinch, and Defoe). I gave her the assignments for the day, she would read and then come to me and narrate, or draw a narration for me. Her narrations are superb, and next week I will start introducing written narrations for her.

She is quite thrilled with the books this year, although some of them she initially wasn’t impressed with (looking at you, Mr. Defoe). Whether or not that changes remains to be seen.

We still have the same problems we had last school year, mainly the concept of “elastic time”. I need to make sure I am on top of the lesson time limits and enforce them. Next week, with both kids doing school; it’s even more important that I ensure Peanut isn’t taking all day to do one thing. I also need to find a balance for everyone – Nugget is dropping his morning nap (no! no! no!), the two little girls need something to do or else they’ll climb the walls, Moose needs me intensely (as well as quiet) and Peanut needs a quiet place where I can still keep an eye on her so she doesn’t end up too off task. While the weather is awesome we may head outside, but I’m not totally sure on that.

Halfway through the week she remarked how well everything is running. Hallelujah! It’s the schedule! Amazingness can be had when (once again) I put up hard stops and actually enforce them.

Peanut finished all her work for the day early, so it’s time to knock off and relax. Have a good weekend!

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