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My 7th Grader's Day

 
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Dolly-VA
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:56 pm    Post subject: My 7th Grader's Day Reply with quote

I thought I'd put together what my 7th grader generally does on an average day. (I'll do my 3rd grader another time.)

9:00 thump down the stairs complaining of being too tired

9:10 manage to pour himself a bowl of cereal or toast a couple waffles, usually with excessive "tiredness" (he wouldn't want me to forget he's VERY tired still Rolling Eyes )

9:30 the computer is on and he's sitting at it doing algebra (www.Time4Learning.com)

9:45 still doing algebra but now chattering away either to his sister (who's not listening) or his bird (who is as much a jabberbox as he is)

10:15 still doing algebra and still talking away (if he's really working on something his mouth just goes. We've all learned to tune him and his bird out or we'd be crazy. I can see that this would not be a good learning style for a class of 20+ kids, but it's amazing how well he works through problems when seemingly babbling about nothing)

10:30 or 11:00 finished with algebra and beginning grammar (was Analytical Grammar, but he hated that and is now www.EnglishGrammar101.com which he likes...or at least doesn't hate so far)

11:15 playing with the puppy and trying to avoid looking like he's not doing anything productive

11:30 Rosetta Stone Spanish II (he speaks, reads and understands Spanish but can't write it to save his life which makes him very unhappy to do this program because it requires writing to pass a lesson. I probably need to find a new program for him, one that is your basic Spanish "grammar" and not "learn Spanish" program. Any suggestions?)

12:00 bother his little sister or playing with the puppy and wondering if it's lunch time yet (which immediately grabs his up to then productive sister's attention Confused )

12:10 Typing lessons (Type To Learn 3)...a necessary evil

12:30 Reading Detective B1 (he actually enjoys doing this...Yea!)

1:00 (Lunch) we all three (and sometimes 4 if his older brother is around) watch a Discovery, Learning or History channel program we've TiVo'd. This is a great, stress free, fun, munchy time for all.

2:00 Writing (IEW's Student Writing Intensive-B) A great program and one that has turned him from a VERY reluctant writer to a rather motivated one. He works very hard at this now and WITHOUT discussion (arguement.)

3:00 drum practice

3:30 ALL DONE!


He used to get up at 7 or 7:30 and begin working, but he's begun doing his history/science reading at night and often stays up till 11:00 or even past 12:00. I have gotten him quite a few "Horrible History" books and he is totally enjoying them. He insists these aren't "history" because history is BORING. I've read most of these myself (accidentally, I just happen to pick one up and the next thing I know... Laughing) Anyway, I would recommend these books for reluctant history readers (the science ones are fun too!) He's also been reading other history books like: "Al Capone Does My Shirts" (fiction) and "Children Who Survived WWII" (non-fiction) so he's getting a lot of variety.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. The day seems long...but sadly mine is longer. Crying or Very sad lol. ITs the topic "My long long long day as an 8th grader" lol. Where did you get the type to learn program? When I was in public school, we had that program in a computer class, but they only made us use it if we got bored. Shocked Did you get it off ebay???
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Hannah,

Actually, the public school my kids were at made the Type To Learn 3 program available to parents for only $8 or $10, I believe. Both kids wanted it so I bought it. It seems pretty fun for them, though my dyslexic daughter hates the timed part.

I guess it does seem long, but it's only 6 hours with an hour lunch (though we do watch something educational while eating, but they consider that a treat rather than added work) and quite a few 10-15 minute breaks (I'd guess another 30-60 minutes in breaks.) So, 4 to 4-1/2 hours productive work on a good day. It doesn't seem so bad looked at like that, imo.

My 12 yo didn't even start working today till 11:00. The time change was a shocker. (And working till 3:00+ is going to be an even worse shocker for him! Shocked )
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, your day sounds good you have everything well planned. Today is actually my first day homeschooling I checked out my son this morning I took the letter of intent and filed the affidavit yesterday afternoon. So I am starting today whith whatever I can think of for now. My son is in 7th grade too so it is a big help reading what you do thru the day with your 7th grader also, it is a big help for me, maybe you can tell me where to get those history books. Thanks. Right now I have my son writing about how he feels about leaving his old school and moving to this new school at home. I think we will take it one step at a time until we get more experience at this. Very Happy
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