This (upcoming) week is just awful. Work is crazy… I have a deadline for a massive presentation that I am not confident I can put together.
Life is crazy, but what’s really bugging me lately?
Today, a school conference this afternoon with D’s teacher. I have to admit, I am stunned that Kindergarten is so… hard. David is struggling a little with his work, and I think I need to take a little of that blame since I didn’t realize the serious time commitment over and above regular homework reinforcing the concepts. His weakest areas… sight words and the sounds that letters make (he knows his letters, but consistently stumbles on sounds which affects “sounding out” sight words).
When I was a kid, my reinforcement came in the form of Schoolhouse Rock on Saturday morning TV. Those days, ummmm yeah. GONE.
I have flashcards I made for the letters, numbers, colors, ordinal numbers, sight words, and letter sounds. I printed off exercises I found on the web to help him with his writing but I admit, I spend more time searching for stuff and I can’t seem to find what I am looking for which frustrates me to no end.
David has “official” homework 3 nights a week (it’s supposed to be a 10-15 minute exercise), but clearly they are delusional because it takes much longer. Hell, sometimes I don’t understand the assignment (NOT KIDDING).
I found that the key with David is repetition and repetition. The weeknights he doesn’t have assigned homework I review with him, and we do extra work. Maybe 20-25 minutes or so. Sometimes less when he’s particularly in a bad mood. And on the weekends, I try to fit in a little review here and there when we find the time. Emphasis on FINDING THE TIME.
But now I am coming to the conclusion that it’s not enough. This is a problem. Now I completely understand why some families choose to home school. Because if I have to teach full-time after I am done my regular day-job, that presents a serious dilemma. Let’s face it, I need the day job for the money, but my son’s education is way more important. Well, except for the “house over the head” thing. Kinda need that.
(Note to self: buy lottery tickets pronto!)
I love teaching David. I love to teach, and if I wasn’t doing technology consulting for Big Corporation, this would be a job I would love to do. I just wish there was more time to do it. David needs more of me, and I feel guilty because he shouldn’t be struggling because Mommy and Daddy have a crazy schedule.
For the parents out there that do it well (or hell, better than my sorry ass)…. any suggestions? Perhaps a favorite book with activities? Home school website? Suggestions how to make the time more valuable? Any hints/tricks?
I feel so scattered at the moment. I really need a new plan.