|This is the work of my number two son. His big sister has been playing school again!|
I've noticed something through the years. When it comes to math, the earlier in the morning it's scheduled, the better. Have you also found this to be true?
Our number one son, now 12 and finishing up Algebra II, is very good at math. In the early grades his school consisted of math and reading, about an hour and a half of each per day. Last week I wanted us to start easing back into our school schedule after 3 weeks off. In other words, I wanted the kids to be busy, but I didn't want to have to get up at 6! For three days last week, my bright son spent most of the day doing math. He also helped his sister on the computer, practiced piano, ate meals, went to swim team, etc. But it seemed like it took him all day to finish his math.
Monday I got him up a few minutes after 6 and he got dressed, ate breakfast, read his Bible, worked on his memory passage, had morning devotions with his family, and finished math during his scheduled time- all before 9 am! How can the same amount of work take 4 hours one day, and less than one hour the next? My husband says it's all about the distractions. That may be a big part of it. (I remember the day when sharpening a pencil seemed to wipe out half the morning for Mr. Monk.) I think there's also something almost magical about being on a schedule. What do you think? Do you schedule math early in the morning, later, or leave your school unscheduled? I will say that this has not seemed quite as important for my girls, although I have resorted to using the kitchen timer to help Measle stay focused during math.
|Student and teacher.|
|I think Measle might have picked something a little beyond Kindergarten level, but her student rose to the occasion!|
My husband had the great idea a while back to make Monk stop doing his math at a particular time (according to our schedule) and any unfinished work would become homework for him to come back to after finishing the rest of his school. Knowing that his free time, aka computer time, would be cut short later in the day has probably served as a powerful motivator for Monk to stay focused during his morning math time.
How have you encouraged your kids to finish their math in a timely manner without lightening the workload? (I'm always looking for new tricks!)