Tuesday went well. We never did any reading lessons but Cecilia got through 11 pages in her math workbook and then 2 chapters in her science book. She was really into it. After an hour (and an antsy Elizabeth and Felicity) I finally had to suggest we go outside for a bit. Fortunately she was happy to go.
I have a hard time getting much "religion" in her "school" time. So I tried squeezing just 1 Bible story in during our afternoon reading hour. It went well for the first half but let's just say, by the 5th day, Cecilia didn't care much what God was creating anymore. I'm not sure if it is just the creation story that bores her or if it is just because it doesn't have Jesus in it or just a bit over her head. Does anyone else's 4 year old like reading Bible stories?
Cecilia has learned some of the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. She counts the beads (although she does get ahead sometimes) and loves the idea of following along with her fingers on the beads. Felicity still just likes to play with the box and Elizabeth took to sitting in my lap. I'm really impressed how attentive Cecilia has been to saying the Chaplet. She doesn't get distracted, doesn't get up, etc. and for her that is significant.
Wednesday Cecilia was still into math so she did 6 more pages in her math workbook practicing numbers up through 31. Then we did some reading. She is definitely improving in her reading. She still sometimes try to guess what the word might be, but she is getting them more often and faster than she used to with less struggle.
Since it was very wet outside from an earlier rain and a 90% chance of thunderstorms going outside was not an option. But the upstairs bathroom were taking on a Halloween look all their own. So we all went upstairs and the girls "helped" me clean both upstairs bathrooms: showers, the tub, toilets inside and out, countertops, sinks, mirrors, scales, floors and now clean towels. It did put me a little behind on lunch, but since I usually have a little extra time between cleaning up from lunch and getting Elizabeth asleep, I managed to catch up.
When I came downstairs from getting Elizabeth asleep, Cecilia and Felicity were playing together and didn't want me to read any books to them. So I rested figuring maybe they'd want me to read to them later. By 1:40, Cecilia came in asking if she could do more schoolwork. I really couldn't object. She wanted to do more math. She said it is her favorite book and she loved it. She would ask what she was supposed to do on a page, I'd tell her and then she would tell me not to look until she was done and she could say "ta da" and show me her work. It seems she is not shy with numbers and may very well turn out to really enjoy math. Yesterday waiting for dinner to be ready she sat at the kitchen table asking for addition equations she could write down. Is that normal 4 year old behavior? Of course, who am I to complain. By the time she gets to Calculus I doubt she will be as excited over math but in the meantime, it is great! In the afternoon she got done 3 more pages while I read The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks to Felicity.
By the time I announced, "Four more minutes to prayer time," Cecilia responded with an, "Alright! Yeah!" Basically Cecilia and I said the chaplet while Elizabeth and Felicity ran in circles around us occasionally falling on top of one of us. Per Cecilia's request, afterwards we played 1 level of Mario Galaxy 2 (she plays my gold star sidekick). Afterwards, as it was "Elizabeth's pick" for the DVD of the day, I put on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which is her favorite movie. I don't quite understand it, but I enjoy seeing it each week. After Cecilia and Felicity had finished cleaning up the playroom, Cecilia asked, yep, again, to do more math. She started her math book yesterday morning and has completed 23 pages of it. I may have to look into what the next book up should be. I didn't really think I'd need to worry about that until next year, but as the book is only 32 pages long, I think I should order her next book.
In addition to my Morning Prayer and the Chaplet with the girls, I've also added an Angelus while I get Elizabeth asleep for her nap, and, thanks to the app. on my Iphone, evening prayer while I get Elizabeth asleep for the night.
All in all, the schedule has been working better than I had even dared to hope. Thursday I expect to go about the same but, if it dries enough, with outside time instead of cleaning as the weather is supposed to be very nice instead of cleaning. If we can't get outside, thanks to my baby brain, the sheets on our bed are still on sideways and, when Elizabeth wakes from her nap she makes designs in the dust on my night stand. I think we can find something to do. :)