(((HUGS)))lea_lpz wrote:So yesterday we completed our first unit for k Ss Sun and had our first book day. According to posts and tm it's supposed to be the light day. So, now I am wondering where'd we go wrong? Maybe it's because of the new teaching grid(?) but I found it to be our longest day! We started at at 8:30 and didn't finish until 12:30!?! The cuisenaire rod page S took 45 minutes on its own and we only did 1 of 2 pages and the shadow concept for outside took so long for my dd to get. Maybe my own fault? Measuring shadows lead me to have her draw pics of her of her shadow and self to compare the size of shadow to herself which lead to a discussion about 1/2, 1/3, & 1/4. So Ross came out to explain. What do you do if a day in a unit is going over suggested time? Would you skip it, do it the next school day, but this would make the unit longer. The first 4 days we did take only 1 hr to do MFW K (Ss Sun, days 1-3&5) but 4 (I think) and 6 took about 3 hours! What to do? Maybe I need to start thinking about spreading k over 2 years. My girl will just take her sweet time to do anything involving coloring and starts to glaze over easy. We are also doing BFIAR and MFW preschool toys with son (this only takes about 30 min together) and la clase divertida, which also takes about 30 minutes. I want to have K take no more than an 1 1/2, maybe 2 if we are adding fun hands on activities. Chime in if you have ideas please. I'd wait another year for K but my hubby wants her to start k, but is open to it being spread over a year. We were going to have my dd tested for ld's before pulling her out of preschool and have now held off. Maybe we should go ahead to know what we're dealing with if that is the case.
I'm interested to hear about that 45 minutes on the Cuisenaire rod page. Was it 45 minutes of totally not getting it? Tears, fussing, fidgeting, etc? I can't imagine a 5yo spending 45 minutes on one worksheet, unless she was just happily playing with the blocks - building things, making patterns, whatever.
One big thing I have done in early grades with my kids (like K-2 or longer, as needed) is set a timer, and say, "Okay, we're going to work on this (whatever) for 10 minutes (10 minutes is plenty for a 5yo, for almost any lesson, imo), and we're going to really focus and work as hard as we can. When the timer goes off, we'll put this away and have a 10 minute (or whatever) break to play. Then, after the 10 minutes, no matter how much has gotten done, put it away and take a break.
If the eyes have started to glaze over it's time (maybe a few minutes past time) to put it away and do something else.
The thing with the shadows - was this a game you were playing, and one thing naturally led to another, and you were both enjoying it? If so, then no problem. If it went on for a long time because you were trying to find a way for her to understand the fraction bits, then you know for next time that that's not necessary, and you can stop when she seems ready to stop. (Just fyi, I think you'll get a little sampling of fraction lessons when you get to the A-a Apple lesson, with cutting an apple in 1/2 and then in 1/4, etc.)
First-borns are hard to teach! We (the parent/teachers) don't really know what we're doing that well yet, and they (the 1st borns) are often eager learners; the combination makes it easy to go overboard. A good rule of thumb is to stop when they're begging for more, BEFORE they get tired of it, lose interest, energy, etc. That way, the next time you get out that book, lesson whatever, they're eager for it.
It might help to read up on what Charlotte Mason had to say about short lessons for young children - how to do them and why they're effective, etc. I know that's helped me tremendously.
Remember that Kindergarten should most of all be FUN! Yes, you want her to learn and progress, but she will learn more with greater retention if the lessons are short and fun!