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I have to change some things, which I have been in the process of doing anyway.  But I came home a little late today from work and DH was really on edge.  He finally let it out that he was really annoyed with the kids playing video games too much, and he feels they aren't learning enough (they only sit and do school work for about 2-3 hours a day).

Here's the thing, I totally agree with him...but twice a week I leave at 11am and he sleeps until 3pm (he works nights, so he sleeps about 8:30am-3pm).  The other days I leave around 2:15 and he sleeps until 3.  The kids definitely take advantage of this and get a lot of screen time.  Then DH kind of takes it easy in the afternoons and the kids continue to play video games.  They are 10 and 11 so don't quite get the moderation thing, once they are in it they just lose track of time and could play all day.  (DH could also remind them to turn it off once he is up...so this is not just on me or the kids).

So we set a new rule, one hour a day of video games.  They can have other TV time if it's educational.  We haven't had strict screen time rules.  They know how to use a timer on their ipods, so they will need to set the timer and follow it.  They are really good kids and will follow this rule even without a parent watching (this is why I have felt we didn't need to be too strict here, since they really do follow the rules and the video games or a movie helps keep them entertained so DH can sleep).

We also have been stuck in history and DH is annoyed by that, he thinks that's one of the more important subjects...I am LOST in history.  So I sat down with him and the SOTW table of contents and we picked out what he feels is important in ancient history.  So I will try to get through these few things over the next few weeks, and then have him go through medieval history with me.  He thinks we have only been learning about Egypt since September and was annoyed the kids didn't know who Cleopatra was...so we are hitting Cleopatra tomorrow and then moving on to Ancient Greece.  Hopefully they remember something we learn so it doesn't seem like I am teaching them nothing :(  I am also thinking documentaries or something for when I am not home. 

Sorry this is so long, I don't want to send them back to PS.  I need them to take an interest in learning (this was another point from DH as well and I just had this conversation with them yesterday) and I need to find more to keep them learning even without a parent right there.  If anyone has any encouraging words or advice, please share :)


by on Nov. 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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hwblyf
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

It's amazing how many are in the series.  I just ordered the one about Sumerian slaves, but I couldn't find the one on Assyrian soldiers.  :(


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

That's awful about the trip! That could have been such an amazing experience, I'm sorry they ruined it for you! I have never been anywhere amazing like that...I went to the Canadian side of Niagra Falls when I was 13, lol.

We are doing Cleopatra today, I am hoping at least DD will be interested. We did read one You Wouldn't Want to Be, I should definitely check the library for more, they did enjoy that one.


Quoting hwblyf:


Trebuchets and catapults are fun!

Also, have you guys looked at the You Wouldn't Want to Be series?  Those are fun.  I remember when I was a kid just devouring Cleopatra and Julius Caesar....oh my.....  When I went to Italy for a high school study trip, we had to study what was important to our chaperones.  We had an art teacher and a teacher whose heritage was Italian.  So I was doing it all "wrong" because I didn't like art, I'd rather spend my time looking at aqueducts or the Colliseum or whatnot than go to the frickin' art museums (I'm bitter...can you tell?), and I wanted to eat pasta and pizza.  So what could have been an amazing trip, was tainted because my teachers were not happy with me and forced me to spend my "free" time doing what they deemed appropriate.  :(


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I want them to do more of that entertain yourselves and it turn into a project!  Our problem lately is that when they do something like that, they get stuck.  We built catapults a few weeks ago and in our research we came across a book and that is all DS talks about now.  He wants the book and just keeps asking for it.  And he just keeps working on building mini "weapons" and DD copies whatever he does, so if he works on that she does too.  It's not a bad thing sometimes, but he won't come up with any other ideas at all, he is just stuck on the mini weapons.  I wish they would work on something different, but this happens any time we get into something they are interested in, they just get stuck.



Quoting Precious333:

We do story of the world as well. I agree, finding additional things to read on it. Sotw also has activity books and tests.



Also, i dont let my kids play any games or watch tv until threy are done with their work, but like you, we only do 2 or so hours of school daily. So, somedays I will tell them to entertain themselves, which is what i told them today, and my son decided to make a rocketship out of cardboard boxes :)










TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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Great idea!  I heard about them but forgot.  I am going to add to my netflix list!


Quoting debramommyof4:

Oh I forgot yesterday have you seen horrible histories on Netflix? I think a 10 and 11 year old would like it. I know my 7 almost 8 year old loves it.



kmath
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Just looked into this series and they look awesome!  I did find the Assyrian one (since that is where we are right now), but the cheapest is $20.


Quoting hwblyf:

It's amazing how many are in the series.  I just ordered the one about Sumerian slaves, but I couldn't find the one on Assyrian soldiers.  :(


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

That's awful about the trip! That could have been such an amazing experience, I'm sorry they ruined it for you! I have never been anywhere amazing like that...I went to the Canadian side of Niagra Falls when I was 13, lol.

We are doing Cleopatra today, I am hoping at least DD will be interested. We did read one You Wouldn't Want to Be, I should definitely check the library for more, they did enjoy that one.


Quoting hwblyf:


Trebuchets and catapults are fun!

Also, have you guys looked at the You Wouldn't Want to Be series?  Those are fun.  I remember when I was a kid just devouring Cleopatra and Julius Caesar....oh my.....  When I went to Italy for a high school study trip, we had to study what was important to our chaperones.  We had an art teacher and a teacher whose heritage was Italian.  So I was doing it all "wrong" because I didn't like art, I'd rather spend my time looking at aqueducts or the Colliseum or whatnot than go to the frickin' art museums (I'm bitter...can you tell?), and I wanted to eat pasta and pizza.  So what could have been an amazing trip, was tainted because my teachers were not happy with me and forced me to spend my "free" time doing what they deemed appropriate.  :(


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I want them to do more of that entertain yourselves and it turn into a project!  Our problem lately is that when they do something like that, they get stuck.  We built catapults a few weeks ago and in our research we came across a book and that is all DS talks about now.  He wants the book and just keeps asking for it.  And he just keeps working on building mini "weapons" and DD copies whatever he does, so if he works on that she does too.  It's not a bad thing sometimes, but he won't come up with any other ideas at all, he is just stuck on the mini weapons.  I wish they would work on something different, but this happens any time we get into something they are interested in, they just get stuck.



Quoting Precious333:

We do story of the world as well. I agree, finding additional things to read on it. Sotw also has activity books and tests.



Also, i dont let my kids play any games or watch tv until threy are done with their work, but like you, we only do 2 or so hours of school daily. So, somedays I will tell them to entertain themselves, which is what i told them today, and my son decided to make a rocketship out of cardboard boxes :)












hwblyf
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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Yeah, I went through Amazon last night, and I can't remember which one, but there's one where the price is like $150.  What the what????????

Quoting kmath:

Just looked into this series and they look awesome!  I did find the Assyrian one (since that is where we are right now), but the cheapest is $20.


Quoting hwblyf:

It's amazing how many are in the series.  I just ordered the one about Sumerian slaves, but I couldn't find the one on Assyrian soldiers.  :(


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

That's awful about the trip! That could have been such an amazing experience, I'm sorry they ruined it for you! I have never been anywhere amazing like that...I went to the Canadian side of Niagra Falls when I was 13, lol.

We are doing Cleopatra today, I am hoping at least DD will be interested. We did read one You Wouldn't Want to Be, I should definitely check the library for more, they did enjoy that one.


Quoting hwblyf:


Trebuchets and catapults are fun!

Also, have you guys looked at the You Wouldn't Want to Be series?  Those are fun.  I remember when I was a kid just devouring Cleopatra and Julius Caesar....oh my.....  When I went to Italy for a high school study trip, we had to study what was important to our chaperones.  We had an art teacher and a teacher whose heritage was Italian.  So I was doing it all "wrong" because I didn't like art, I'd rather spend my time looking at aqueducts or the Colliseum or whatnot than go to the frickin' art museums (I'm bitter...can you tell?), and I wanted to eat pasta and pizza.  So what could have been an amazing trip, was tainted because my teachers were not happy with me and forced me to spend my "free" time doing what they deemed appropriate.  :(


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I want them to do more of that entertain yourselves and it turn into a project!  Our problem lately is that when they do something like that, they get stuck.  We built catapults a few weeks ago and in our research we came across a book and that is all DS talks about now.  He wants the book and just keeps asking for it.  And he just keeps working on building mini "weapons" and DD copies whatever he does, so if he works on that she does too.  It's not a bad thing sometimes, but he won't come up with any other ideas at all, he is just stuck on the mini weapons.  I wish they would work on something different, but this happens any time we get into something they are interested in, they just get stuck.



Quoting Precious333:

We do story of the world as well. I agree, finding additional things to read on it. Sotw also has activity books and tests.



Also, i dont let my kids play any games or watch tv until threy are done with their work, but like you, we only do 2 or so hours of school daily. So, somedays I will tell them to entertain themselves, which is what i told them today, and my son decided to make a rocketship out of cardboard boxes :)














kmath
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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I figure the bindings on some of these must be made from gold!  LOL!


Quoting hwblyf:


Yeah, I went through Amazon last night, and I can't remember which one, but there's one where the price is like $150.  What the what????????

Quoting kmath:

Just looked into this series and they look awesome!  I did find the Assyrian one (since that is where we are right now), but the cheapest is $20.


Quoting hwblyf:

It's amazing how many are in the series.  I just ordered the one about Sumerian slaves, but I couldn't find the one on Assyrian soldiers.  :(


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

That's awful about the trip! That could have been such an amazing experience, I'm sorry they ruined it for you! I have never been anywhere amazing like that...I went to the Canadian side of Niagra Falls when I was 13, lol.

We are doing Cleopatra today, I am hoping at least DD will be interested. We did read one You Wouldn't Want to Be, I should definitely check the library for more, they did enjoy that one.


Quoting hwblyf:


Trebuchets and catapults are fun!

Also, have you guys looked at the You Wouldn't Want to Be series?  Those are fun.  I remember when I was a kid just devouring Cleopatra and Julius Caesar....oh my.....  When I went to Italy for a high school study trip, we had to study what was important to our chaperones.  We had an art teacher and a teacher whose heritage was Italian.  So I was doing it all "wrong" because I didn't like art, I'd rather spend my time looking at aqueducts or the Colliseum or whatnot than go to the frickin' art museums (I'm bitter...can you tell?), and I wanted to eat pasta and pizza.  So what could have been an amazing trip, was tainted because my teachers were not happy with me and forced me to spend my "free" time doing what they deemed appropriate.  :(


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I want them to do more of that entertain yourselves and it turn into a project!  Our problem lately is that when they do something like that, they get stuck.  We built catapults a few weeks ago and in our research we came across a book and that is all DS talks about now.  He wants the book and just keeps asking for it.  And he just keeps working on building mini "weapons" and DD copies whatever he does, so if he works on that she does too.  It's not a bad thing sometimes, but he won't come up with any other ideas at all, he is just stuck on the mini weapons.  I wish they would work on something different, but this happens any time we get into something they are interested in, they just get stuck.



Quoting Precious333:

We do story of the world as well. I agree, finding additional things to read on it. Sotw also has activity books and tests.



Also, i dont let my kids play any games or watch tv until threy are done with their work, but like you, we only do 2 or so hours of school daily. So, somedays I will tell them to entertain themselves, which is what i told them today, and my son decided to make a rocketship out of cardboard boxes :)
















kajira
by Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

You know, I'm a big fan of assigning reading assignments on different subjects, then having a front and back page writing essay to sum up what he learns.

Not only does it practice writing, grammar, and spelling - it helps with hand writing, and he can do it on ANY topic. Which helps with retention and showing he learned something.

My kids 9 and he writes an essay every single day on at least one topic. Usually science because that's his favorite subject.... but I would have your kids use the internet to research and learn about different subjects, or in this case, cleopatra, then write a front and back page essay about what they learned, and how they learned it.

This may mollify your husband about HSing. :P

kirbymom
by Sonja on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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How about writing a short play on a historical figure for when you go to work? Then maybe do a re~enactment of the play. You could combine science in that you can have them write down the mechanics of how everything works in order for the tools, resources, and apparel to work.
You could even keep the lesson sheets they complete from week to week and that way you can show the progress you and the kids are making.

  

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mommy_2_be_2010
by on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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Field trip take them to a museum let them learn hands on not just in books
paganbaby
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I think this is a great idea.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Are you doing the literature suggestions with SOTW? They could work from their respective levels in their corresponding literature while you're gone.

In other words, give homework while you're gone.

"Today in history we read about cleopatra, while Mom is at work, you need to: read chapters 1 and 2 from your corresponding literature assignment and write a one paragraph summary about what you read. In science today we covered famous chemists, while I'm gone, you need to: look up one of the chemists we discussed and put together a brochure about his life. In math today we worked with dividing decimals, here is a sheet to work on - nothing is new, just to review what we learned today. Today in english we learned about adverbs; I want you to underline all adverbs in your history summary. If there's something you get stuck on and need help with, put it to the side and I'll help you when I get home. When you are finished, you may have one hour of free screen time!"




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hwblyf
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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I was going through them with my husband last night and told him that it must be a supply/demand thing, but the demand just isn't that high in my house.  :)

Quoting kmath:

I figure the bindings on some of these must be made from gold!  LOL!


Quoting hwblyf:


Yeah, I went through Amazon last night, and I can't remember which one, but there's one where the price is like $150.  What the what????????

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