Setting Up a Regular Study Schedule

It’s been over two weeks since the kids started school again and that means that we have also been keeping a regular schedule when it comes to doing their assignments. After their classes in the morning, we would have lunch and then we allow them some time to rest. They would then have an hour or two for homework; then after that, they can take a nap since they are usually sleepy by that time since they have been up since 5a.m. They have another hour or two before bedtime for some studying (quizzes and recitations are conducted almost everyday so they want to prepare for that as well). We try to keep a regular schedule even here at home because we know that studying regularly can help them with how well they are able to remember their lessons (retention is important). I try to help them as much as I can especially when I see that they are having difficulties with certain topics. These past few days, its all about college algebra for us. First it was fractions and now are studying scientific notation. At first, we were having difficulties with how to simplify scientific notation with negative exponents. We had to look up some online references as well as some tutorial videos just to make sure that we understand it completely. I am happy to note that my son does not get frustrated easily. I told him that his eagerness to learn as well as his patience will really work to his advantage not just in solving complicated math problems but in college in general. Our youngest is also busy memorizing some terms that they’re studying in science. He said they will be having a quiz about it this Friday. So far, this schedule that we have set up is working well and I hope we’ll be able to sustain this and make each study time as productive as possible until the end of this school year.

Summer Plans

Summer vacation has officially started for the kids and they’re looking forward to the many activities that they can engage in this summer.  We don’t have any definite plans yet as to how they will spend their summer vacation but we’re asking them if they want to enroll in any of the summer courses that their schools are offering. But since their vacation only started today, we’re not pressuring them to decide right away. Also, our eldest will be busy applying for college so it is more likely that he wouldn’t be enrolling in any summer classes.

By the way, it’s another eventful week for our family because our youngest received an award at school and we attended their Recognition Day yesterday. It is also our eldest son’s high school graduation tomorrow and we’re all very excited about it. We’re also visiting their grandparents this weekend to celebrate their academic achievements.

Have a happy weekend !

Plans for the Summer

As another months ends, another one begins. Some of you may already be planning  their next family summer getaway. I hope I can say the same thing about our family, but right now we’re still busy with a number of things such as preparing for the kids’ final exams in school. Our eldest is on his senior year in high school and they actually had their finals this week. They would then be busy preparing for their graduation and of course, applying for college. Our eldest is also busy with taking entrance tests in some of the colleges and universities here in our city. Our youngest though is excited about summer vacation and he’s actually looking forward to spending more time drawing or playing the keyboards.

We still don’t know what we’ll do this summer since we’ll be busy looking for a suitable college for our eldest. We’re all very excited about this new phase in his life and we wanted to make sure that we look into all the alternatives that are available for him. We might be able to visit their grandparents though, it’s something that we all look forward to since we rarely get to see them.

Have a great weekend!

TV, Movies and Family Bonding Time

Whenever we get too busy and too stressed out by the things that we need to attend to during the week, one of the things that we like to do here at home is to watch our favorite shows TV and movies. Somehow, I am the one who’s tasked to find new TV shows and movies that we can watch. I usually look into websites such Get Glue to see the trending and popular shows of different genres. We usually watch crime/detective shows while the kids like movies that have special effects such as the Transformers and Harry Potter movies that we have watch countless of times already. The only reality shows that we watch are The Amazing Race and So You Think You Can Dance. Some of our recent favorites are the Diary of Wimpy Kid movies which are really fun to watch. We are still saving up to buy the books as well. I am currently looking into new TV shows since some of our favorites have ended such as CSI: Miami and Closer. We’re glad though that The Walking Dead has resumed; we usually watch reruns during the show’s three-month mid-season break. If there are shows which I think they would like, I would usually watch a few episodes online first to make sure which of them are suitable for kids and which ones have mature content. (By the way, I am the only one here in our household who likes watching horror movies). I am also looking into the movies that will be released this summer; I’m sure there will be good ones that are suitable for the whole family. We have seen a few trailers online and we are already looking forward to watching some of them .