Monday, January 7, 2008

Maintenance Monday

Are we all back from our Holiday Cheer and Celebrations?

Today's Maintenance Monday is a soft pitch. I'm washing all the throw rugs. I know it's something that should be done more often than most home maintenance projects, but I don't do it as often as I should so I'm counting it. *grins*

Also today:

-The first day back to school after Christmas break. Everyone has completely forgotten everything they have ever learned in the last 11 years, so I'm blogging in order to not go crazy and start yelling and throwing things.

-The timing of the Zoo Keeper's arithmetic is awful. Apparently, we stopped for Christmas right before the page where she learns basic algebra. She has Holiday Brain, and now has to try to grasp the concept of the unknown number. It would help if she hadn't forgotten everything she ever learned in the last 6 years of school. What does a 5th grader need with algebra anyway?! I never did algebra in 5th grade! I didn't start algebra until grade EIGHT!!!

Okay, I'm better now.

-The Horse Whisperer starts a new 4-H club obedience and agility. The weather is very windy, so they might now actually begin today. I won't know until 3:30 whether or not we are going to this class. I hate not knowing. Better go throw something in the crock pot, just in case.

-IF I go to town for the dog thing, I have to go to one specialty shop to pick up patches for the Guitar Picker's new CAP BDUs since he outgrew the old ones and needs all new flags and name tapes etc. for the new ones. Then I have to pick up the Cowboy's BDUs from the dry cleaners, then I have to drop the whole caboodle off at ANOTHER shop to get it all put together properly because I would rather stick a fork in my eye than try to sew all those patches on in exactly the right places and make it look professional. All this without getting them all covered in dog hair since I will be taking dogs in my mom van to the dog thing.

-I have to get all the thank-you notes the kids wrote for Christmas presents in the mail. It's late, but better late than never, right?

I think that's all I have to do today. Better get to it!


Charity Grace said...

I too have noticed curricula pushing advanced concepts at earlier and earlier ages, and I wonder why. Fractions in kindergarten, cursive in first grade, and it just goes on up. I even have friends who can't get together during the week because their toddlers' schedules are so full with preschool. I mean 1-year-olds! It seems that even a few years ago when we were in school, rigorous learning started in first grade and followed a more traditional timetable. I wonder what the reasoning is?

Just curious, what math curriculum do you use?

Arizona Mama said...

We do aBeka arithmetic through 7th grade. I know the other kids did this too, I just have forgotten. Well, maybe not forgotten, it's just different kids grasp things easier than others.

I see NO reason to do a structured pre-school at all. There will be time enough for structured school after kindergarten. I promise.

Randall said...

Thanks for helping out with my stinky kitty problem!