School days, school days
Dear old golden rule days
Readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hickory stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate
“I love you, so”
Will D. Cobb, 1907
Two years ago, those words pierced my heart. I have very fond memories of school, learning, and the various schools I attended. Would my children have the same fond memories? Was I building great memories of learning or was school going to be just another part of life that they didn’t necessarily dislike but just wasn’t all that memorable.
I decided to make it memorable. I instituted me reading aloud their history and science. This is huge. HUGE. I do not like to read aloud and I do think that reading it yourself is extra beneficial. There is something about your eyes seeing those letters that seems to burn the information into your brain just a little clearer.
Oh, I know, that means I’m a “visual learner.” Actually, I’m not. I’m an auditory learner if anything.
In addition to that, I do not like to read aloud. I’m actually a very good reader when I put my mind to it but it it torture for my brain to keep my eyes on the sentence that I’m reading when it is dying to skip along much faster than my tongue or my children’s ears can follow.
It was a success. My children loved it. Shame on me. There is no reason I shoudln’t have done it years earlier. Now they’re clamoring for History, Science, Geography, and projects, assignment sheets, and more accountability than ever.
This year, I’m adding them all. In addition, I’m adding quite a few new things to the mixture. It’ll mean new responsibilities for me and a change in schedules around here but it’ll work I think and work well.
What are you doing to make school run smoother and more interesting for everyone involved?