Monday, August 10, 2009

Homeschooling, day 1

If today was any indication of how homeschooling is going to go, it will be interesting!

I've been telling the boy the entire summer that homeschooling was not going to be a walk in the park. His only response has been "I get to go to school in my pajamas!" He's sort of missing the point. All he sees is he can get up late and not get dressed. And by late, I mean 30 minutes later than he woke up for school last year, compared to if he were going to public school this year, it would mean leaving at the same time as Dad.

Things went pretty well until we hit math. We're doing pre-algebra and our first lesson was on the ever important order of operations (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally). Alex quickly proclaimed with an eye roll that he already knew how to do that. His attitude lasted til example 5. "Nooo! You can only have one step in the parentheses! Noooo! STOP! You're making me work!"

He was further unimpressed with having to do story problems today, too.

The good news is that once he stopped acting all offended at having to learn and work, he figured out on his own that you followed the same order of operations procedures within the parenthesis. He's a smart kid if he can just focus. I wonder if I should mess with him a bit and introduce brackets tomorrow instead of exponents...

1 comment:

  1. so wrong! That is great though and it sounds like you had a good day overall.

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Thanks and have a great day!