Now that it is May, the horses can smell the barn, so to speak, when it comes to the end of the school year. Monkey has about 10 math lessons left, then she is done for the year.
This year didn’t quite go as I had hoped. We were not able to do as many extra subjects as I had wanted back when we started.
You can read about our experiences with the subjects we tried in my Year End Assessment in part 1, part 2, and part 3.
Since we are so close to finishing, I think we both just want to call it quits now. But here is why we are not:
- 1. Finishing a book completely gives you a sense of accomplishment. You really feel “done” that way.
- 2. There are a few concepts that Monkey still struggles with (Money, skip counting, and carrying numbers). Those last few lessons will give her a chance to go over the concepts. I doubt she will master them completely in 10 lessons, but she will at least have some extra practice.
- 3. We never really finished books when I was growing up. It never felt quite right to me to not complete the book. So, I guess Monkey and Bo will have to suffer from my lack of completion as a child. :-)
When I was a kid, my mom always declared that when we were done with our math books, we were finished with that grade. I think I still feel like that is the right way to do things. Since we have already abandoned formal reading, science, and writing (unless you call endless games of Scribblenauts writing and reading- I do), math is really the only thing we have left.
I am still making Monkey read, and I have big plans for summer reading that I am excited about. I also want to figure out some way to bring the concept of money home to her. Do other first graders know how to use money already? I think I remember having mastered money by third grade, but I don’t remember if I got it sooner than that. It seems kind of difficult for someone who just learned to count past 100 to be able to juggle the concept of adding by 5s, and 25s in her head.
So, that is why we are finishing strong (or at least as strong as we can) in May.
What are you doing in May? Have you called it quits yet, or are you pushing through?