Monday, December 17, 2012

School Days

The weather has been cold enough to wear my new hoody scarf at recess that my sweet neighbor knitted for me.

It is very warm!

Here is another cute hat that the other recess guard wore today.

I've had a fun time helping at lunch duty and recess at Amelia Earhart. It's great having a job just three blocks from our home. During the morning time I get to tutor 1st and 2nd graders for a couple of hours and that has been very rewarding. Tomorrow is my last day as an aide for  the afternoon kindergarten class. I have been working with this particular class for the last six weeks since their original aide needed to take some time off. After the Christmas break I start back at teaching younger grades math on computers, and reading with older grades.

Since school has started it feels like I have been reliving my childhood again.  My oldest daughter even signed me up with Kahn Academy Math program that is free on line.  The teacher is very good and easy to follow.  Who knows I might try college again someday if I can review and understand the basics that are taught in every day school classes. I have forgotten a lot.

Being a stay at home mom for the last twenty years has given me many experiences with regards to raising a family.  My kids have been pretty good at getting their homework done by themselves throughout the years.  I feel it's my turn to start focusing on improving my academic skills again now that everyone in our household is becoming more independent. I have spent so much time focusing on them that I'm ready for a little change.

If there is one thing I think I did right when GW and I started having a family is that I'm glad we started our kids at a young age reading.  GW and I watched a program on KBYU many years ago where they talked about a book that can help your kids be better readers.  The book is called,"How to Teach Your Children to Read", by Von Grant Harrison.  He lives in Pleasant Grove and I used his book with all four of our kids right before they started Kindergarten.  I think I finished using the book around each child's eighth birthday. He even tells you what to say to your child while you are tutoring them.  That part really helped me since I didn't have a clue to what I was doing.

Some days I still feel like life can be over whelming but being surrounded with children at my new job has been very uplifting and wonderful!