So, today was the first day back to school. I suppose it went rather well. Colton's day was so easy compared to last week's that he actually asked me "Mom, why is this so easy?" He goes from major special sounds for reading backt o short vowels. So I gave him some extra drawing and stuff to brighten his day. He enjoyed listening on on Amanda's classes though. He likes it when she reads to us out of her readers.
I have a bell on the table that I ring when they aren't behaving. I use it rather than me raising my voice at them. They know that if I ring the bell and they don't obey me, it is a spanking. I didn't have to ring the bell even once. I ring it two times for them to come to the table from a break. I learned to use the bell from the Christ Centered Curriculum.
I used it when Colton was 4 for a little bit. Now I use all Abeka. It can be overwhelming sometimes all the books and reports but it really produces some excellent kids. I figure if they retain even 1/2 of what Abeka dishes out to them, they are doing very well! LOL
The other thing I implemented this year is that I gave them each a piggy bank and every time they did something good, I gave them a plastic chip in their bank. When we did flash cards, they got a chip for every five cards they got right. Then, I have a box of stuff. One piece of candy costs 25 chips, a cool pen is 100, and some other things will be in there too. When they earn that many chips, they can buy something or they can save until they can buy something "Good". Of course, I have to figure out what they think is "good". I thought maybe some clay...anyway. They only earned about 10 chips each today, but they think it is great and are really striving to earn them. I even will give them if they just shoe good manners or kindness that I think is worthy of praise.
So, there's the summary of the day. I need to go grade today's papers. I think it's important to keep up on grading so that I can go over their mistakes right away tomorrow instead of finding them a week later! (as I did last year!)
The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Subsequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some other symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental Component
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.
The number to call for repair in all areas is:
Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
9. Self control
Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Believers' Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.
WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.
DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.
Thank you for your attention!
Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by "kneemail".