Mt. Pleasant Classical Academy

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not…..� Thomas Henry Huxley

First week of the new year

Filed under: Family Stuff — January 9, 2011 @ 12:06 am

I made a change to our school day with the start of the new year.

Things hadn’t been working very well. A new homeschooler was really happy to hear that this past week. Not because she wished us ill but because she was feeling a bit frustrated that after hs’ing 5 months not everything was going smoothly. So, yes, Virginia, folks who have been hs’ing for years and years still run into days/months and even years when things don’t work smoothly.

I can’t define why we were having this problem but just that work was not getting done. And I was the one pushing the rope, oh, I mean student, to get moving on his work, and to look in his Day Planner to see what work he had to do.

We started our day at 8am, which was a nice change from the 10:30am we had slipped into. I opened the year-plan book, the one where I had recorded that in Science we would be starting chapter 13 on Jan 3, and chapter 14 on Jan 10…. My student was told to get his weekly planner.

“But mom, where is my planner?”
With the planner finally in hand, DS recorded what he was to do in Science, Geography, English, Math, French and Logic. He busily worked on his subjects and declared at 1:25pm that he was done.
“WHAT! HOW COULD THAT BE?”

This student never finished early in his entire life. I checked over the planner, rattled off the subjects trying to figure out if I had missed recording one, but they were all there.

With a huge smile on his face the student went outside and returned to declare that he was going skating. He came back later after skating 15 miles and happily sat and played his guitar for a few more hours.

Now that was a great start to the New Year! The rest of the week went on in a similar manner which gives me hope that maybe, just maybe I will finally have our school day working well. It only has taken 12 years.

It is a new year.

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