Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Random Shots....
Ok the boys have been building like crazy with the fort supplies. The top picture is of one that the created themselves. It is a barn with a swimming pool attached. I love the look on Sammy's face, he is pretending to swim in the pool. The bottom one is one that they followed the directions on and built a ship. They did such a great job on these. I am so proud of my little guys. They did add something to the boat that was not supposed to be there originally. The purple sheet in the middle is a trampoline. Unfortunetly for stuffed animals only, no mommys allowed :(.. LOL
This is a picture of my new best friend for schooling. I know you are all saying she is so crazy, That is just a timer. Well your right I am crazy but this has changed our lives around here. Well Let me start from the begining. During our school year last year Sammy had a really hard time completing his work. He would start after he finished his breakfast and go straight through till bed time, with breaks for meals. He just would not focus to get it done on time. Well our school year started out really well this year that we thought that was all behind us. We were wrong. Hey it happens. This past week was really rough on trying to get him to accomplish things. So not wanting to fall into last years pattern again, His dad and I started thinking. We went and wrote out the order he was supposed to do his work in. This was because he would do all of the things that looked fun to him first. Then he would fight doing the rest. So on the list we mixed it up and added things that were fun at certian times. Then we also choose a time limit for each activity and wrote that down. We would set the timer for him at the begining of each section and it helped him focus. He knew exactley what was expected of him. And boy did it work. He became so eager to get things done he was beating the timer. he cut his work from almost 12 hours down to 3 to 4 hours. He has improved his focus so much with it. That is the story of why this timer is my new best friend.


Kate in NJ said...

I love the way you and your DH work together to find ways to make the homeschooling a success!
Cute timer too. :-)

Heather said...

Thanks Kate. It definetly helps with him there. As for the timer you should see it now...Sam decorated it.