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Old 04-04-2020, 06:29 PM
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Since I’ve been “homeschooling” my son, I have quickly learned that kindergarten is not for me. I will take my high schoolers any day instead.

Yesterday, he got so frustrated that he couldn’t get the cursive B (private school) just right, that he tossed his packet and said he wanted to set it on fire. (He is very.. expressive)

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Old 04-04-2020, 06:37 PM
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Ha ha - I'm the opposite. I'm missing my kindergartners tremendously and struggling with my high schoolers.
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Old 04-04-2020, 06:45 PM
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Old 04-04-2020, 06:53 PM
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Let’s trade, sbgankas5!

I know it’s not actually homeschooling, mhugs. That’s why I put it in quotes, and it was the best word to describe it really. I know it’s very difficult for him to deal with this new normal, and I am giving him some grace. We have developed a routine and it’s helping some.
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Old 04-04-2020, 06:54 PM
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Well I'd be ticked if I was in Kindergarten and expected to write in cursive. Not sure it's developmentally appropriate.

If my kids are still little and in school I'm sure I'd be in jail by now. Excellent teacher here and excellent students, bit not together?


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Old 04-04-2020, 07:11 PM
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Some of my coworkers have children, and they're expressing similar sentiments. I think there's something challenging about teaching ones own children regardless of grade level.
Best wishes to you and to him!
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:29 PM
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My neighbors have three teenage girls (6th grade, 7th grade, and 18), and the mom works in healthcare. I don’t even want to know the drama in that house.

Another neighbor posted pictures of her kids (5th and 8th grades) out in the yard . . . a lot.

One person has her college sons, high school daughter, and middle school son at home right now. She says that the house gets smaller every day and they are always eating.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:15 PM
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third gr. teacher, I'd set it on fire too! Kinder kids usually don't have the necessary small muscle control for cursive.
I'd work on listening to stories and poems. finding shapes indoors and outdoors, large muscle play on jungle gyms and swings. Make some homemade play dough and maybe bake something together. Squeeze some lemons for lemonade. Practice measuring sand and flour. Listen to music and sing.

Roast hot dogs over that packet!
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Old 04-04-2020, 11:22 PM
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Nature walks in your neighborhood. Tv that is appropriate. A nice movie in the afternoon. Reading, drawing, race cars, LEGO’s. Oh forts in the living room. They’ll do that until they are 12 by the way.
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Old 04-05-2020, 03:50 AM
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I'm a K teacher. Toss that cursive packet in the fire pit and enjoy roasting marshmallows together.


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Old 04-05-2020, 06:33 AM
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We do about 2 hours of work in the morning so we can free up the rest of the day. The private schools here do cursive before print. He actually learned last year in pre-k. His cursive is beautiful, but his print needs some work. The claim is that cursive could be easier for them because of the way it flows. It’s crazy and amazing that he can write better than many of my 10th graders.

I have to take pictures weekly of his packet and submit it to his teacher for grading, so we’re doing the best we can to complete it.

We do a daily walk and play outside every day either football/basketball or the swing set. We’ve also been doing some crafts. It’s just a frustrating time for everyone.

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Old 04-05-2020, 07:11 AM
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It sounds like your son has a great sense of humor Good luck to both of you!
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Old 04-05-2020, 10:42 AM
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Miss English,
It sounds like you are doing a great job.

Your son’s cursive writing is awesome, kudos to him!

His cursive is better than many adults.
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Old 04-05-2020, 11:15 AM
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I think you are doing a great job.

I have heard numerous times about the cursive first idea. One of the ideas was that it is easier for them to learn but that it also has shown to help their reading skills because in cursive b, p, q, and d are more distinctive and that even though they are reading print and not cursive most of the time, the brain somehow transfers that knowledge. I think that is a pretty interesting idea.

It sounds like you are spending your time really well with all of the other fun learning you are doing.
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Old 04-05-2020, 05:12 PM
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Thank you Dr. A and HappyGirl. I am doing my best.

Anna, he does have a sense of humor but is often a smart@ss too ��.
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