Sunday, July 1, 2012

Distance ... teaching

It's been a while since I've last posted anything here, but it doesn't mean that nothing has been happening. In my opinion - too much has happened ...
A month ago I decided to go back to Poland to take care of my Mom who has just undergone a serious operation. Timing was not perfect, to say the least - with the book promotion tour in full spin it ment that my husband, Tim, would need to take over all the presentations, TV and radio interviews and book signing events. To tell you the truth, I was kind of pleased with that... All those public events are not something that I enjoy.
To make things easier on Tim, I took one child, Zosia, with me to Poland. Why the older one and not the younger one? Simply because I knew I wouldn't be able to look after Jas, think of activites for him and keep him happy and not bored. Zosia, on the other hand, can take care of herself, move around the city by herself and do her lessons without me sitting next to her.
Before I left, I had to prepare all the lessons for Jas. Of course the choice of lessons was limited as I knew that Tim wouldn't have time to sit with him for longer than just about half an hour a day. For the month that I am away Jas had to do English, Chinese, math (in English and Chinese), and biology (in English). I used Homeschool Tracker to plan lessons for each day. This way it is easy for Jas to look up what lessons he needs to do on a particular day.
For Zosia time in Poland is half vacation - half school. For a few days she went with my friend's family to the Polish lake district, Mazury. She's also been going to a Polish school - I want her to share her experience herself. At home she is still doing some math and physics and of course reading.
Next week we'll be going back home for ... vacation.

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