Since I’ve spent this entire school year pregnant, and then with a newborn it’s had it’s challenges.
Especially since this is Audrey’s first year doing school with us.
And unfortunately she’s gotten the short end of the stick.
Preschool hasn’t gotten done.
And not because she isn’t cooperative. Unfortunately it’s just the opposite, she’s been begging to do school.
The cute assignments have gotten done. Eventually.
Reading took a back burner and we just worked on flash cards.
The stories I was suppose to read to her just didn’t happen.
And our coconut tree? Yeah, it’s got the letters A and B on it.
In short, I was failing Audrey.
First step? Realizing it.
Second step? Make a plan.
Luckily I’m great at making a plan.
So one Sunday night I opened up that weeks folder for school, grabbed the four books for the week. I made four piles, one for each day of the school week. I stacked them on top of each other (the books being the divider) and I left it on the table. With our All About Reading book on top.
I also realized that piano practice had slipped through the cracks. So when it’s time to do school I sit down with Audrey first, while Sydney plays the piano. When it’s time to switch Audrey to reading out loud I have Sydney start her math worksheet.
Audrey and I work through her pile of things to do, finishing with a book being read her to. Often I do this while I’m feeding Ruby, but the point is that we do not leave the table. We stay right there, because if we get up it won’t get finished. After I read her book to her, she reads to me from All About Reading.
We are going back over the first book and making sure she can read each of the stories fluidly with little time spent sounding out each. and. every. word. We are going slowly to make sure the concepts are reinforced.
After a few months of using this method I can say that our school work goes a lot smoother, Audrey is happier and her reading has improved drastically!
So what do you do when you’re failing your child? Stop. Fix it. Make a plan. Start again. Make it work.