Why Lemony?
(the “About Me” page)

July 23, 2005

how it's going

I've noticed that I have almost no time for one-on-one instruction with Georgia, and if we're going to homeschool, I've got to figure out how to deal with that. Especially for reading. I'm sure this will always be a need because when you get to the edge of what you know and start looking at unfamiliar things, I think you need a guide, especially when you're five...but also when you're thirty-two. I could certainly use a mentor for all this. Not a pushy one, just a good listener that's knowledgeable about homeschooling. Anyways, we've taken advantage of well-timed Teresa naps for reading lessons, but those don't come often enough for me. I have been feeling like she needs more time. I want to keep up the momentum with it and let her know she is supported. So one idea we're trying this week is to use weekend mornings for focused work on reading (and phonics for Maya) since mornings are good fresh times for the kids and Billy can be there for Teresa. Like all new ideas, it is taking some getting used to to feel our way through the weekend differently than normal, but I think it may be a good habit for us so that Billy can stay connected to what the kids are doing during the week. This first year of homeschooling, and I'm sure parts of others, will be dedicated to figuring out how to tailor a workable schooling experience for our family and each child's needs.

Back to the mentor idea, I'va always just wanted a person to show me how to do things, instead of sitting in a class and hoping that the parts that I want to know get covered. This desire has grown over the years to the point where I find normal school settings almost intolerable places to learn things. I remember wanting a mentor in graduate school, and luckily I found one in Dr. Wayne Dickerson, an academic leader in pronunciation research and a really wonderful teacher and person. I loved all the immediacy and real life applications of sounds in language and ended up teaching pronunciation for him. He showed us exactly how to teach the material and we got to practise right away in our classes. That really worked for me because even though we didn't have much creative input in lesson planning, I really got to understand his system very deeply and then I could decide later whether I would want to teach that way or not in the future. I just wish I had gotten such great hands-on experience in the other areas of language learning.

Posted by Bahiyyih at July 23, 2005 02:18 PM

Hi there. I have quite a few computer programs for kids (from my Discovery Toy days). I don't remember if they're dually compatible with Macs and pcs. You have (at least) one of each, don't you? There are ones I like as well as Khalil ever did: Spelling Jungle, math games. Next time you come around, let's take a look.

In researching for an issue on health at B*, we've all been doing a bunch of reading and research. A book Amy recommended is something like Bad Things Are Good for You. One of the points the author makes is that video games have sharpened analytical skills in kids. You know, taking into account the old moderation thing. Khalil did a lot of computer reading and comprehension games at school when he started going, and he loved every minute. If you think Georgia would like to learn recorder someday, that's a good starter instrument---easy to learn, easy to play. Duets are quite delicious as well. The Baker Family Tooters.



Posted by: Nana at August 1, 2005 11:43 PM