A Little Update

So busy lately — very little time for the blog.
Our most exciting activity right now is, for me, our professional organizer. (Thanks Mom!) We have had one meeting, and our dining room secretary is being transformed into the household management center, while the big armoire in the dining room is finally getting organized as an accessible kid-craft area (in addition to holding regular dining room stuff like tablecloths, etc.).
There is hope for us yet!
We are just sailing along with fractions. I’m thinking we have effectively skipped 4th grade math and moved on to 5th, as we have not been back to the 4th grade book in some time. And next up in the 5th grade book is area of a triangle and angles, which we did last fall.
I am delighted that we have found more math that Violet finds fairly easy. Today we started division of fractions by a whole number, and after 2 minutes she was asking (and figuring out) — “Well how do you divide by a fraction? How do you divide a mixed number?” Wheee! It is days like this when I am so glad to be homeschooling — I know that her comparatively harder time with long division and memorizing multiplication facts (she’s getting much better as we work with fractions, but there is still some counting even by 4s or 6s on the fingers) would have kept her stuck and prevented her from doing the higher-order thinking math that will keep her interested in the subject.
Victoria went back to preschool today. She was so excited that it made me a little sad. It was really nice having her home. I am so torn about how to proceed next year and in the future. And then I read this today:

Every year spent in such [daycare] centers for at least 10 hours per week was associated with a 1 percent higher score on a standardized assessment of problem behaviors completed by teachers, said Dr. Margaret Burchinal, a co-author of the study and a psychologist at the University of North Carolina. [snip] The study was not designed to explain why time in day care could lead to more disruptive behavior later on. The authors and other experts argue that preschool peer groups probably influence children in different ways from one-on-one attention. In large groups of youngsters, disruption can be as contagious as silliness, studies have found, while children can be calmed by just the sight of their own mother.

Well, more to think about, as always.

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