Friday, November 13, 2020

Tutoring Is an Education - Especially for This Tutor


Just time for a quick note this afternoon to let everyone know I'm still alive - but pretty tired. I've been tied up working with construction people and other really smart people to fix a couple of problems that have popped up around the house all of a sudden...an electrical problem, a small roofing problem, and a gutter problem that led directly to the problem with the roof.

Add to that that I already spend several hours a day working with my high-school-senior grandson on his online schooling (100% online), and you can see my problem. I have, though, purchased a few books this week, including my first Folio Society book that I want to talk about in the next couple of days. In the meantime, as my grandson's tutor I have to stay one step ahead of him on these subjects:

  • Environmental Science
  • Aquatic Science
  • English 4
  • Pre-Cal
  • Government/Civics
  • Art History
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
 Needless to say, I'm getting quite an education myself these days, but I'm really pleased that the resources he's studying play everything straight down the line - no politics or brainwashing at all, even the government and environmental science classes. There are five weeks left in this first semester, and we are trying to get at least 60% of the year's work done in the first half so that he (we) can coast a little bit in the second semester. I'm doing a lot of reading right now that doesn't show up on Book Chase.

My reading/reviewing/commenting is suffering...but it's all for a good cause. Oh, and I'm in the middle of selling my father's house, and that's eating up way more time than I ever believed it would even though we are fast approaching the formal closing on the sale right now (just got back from the bank to have even more papers notarized).

As Arnold says..."I'll be back." Very soon.

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  1. WOW, you are busy to say the least. So happy you are able to work with your grandson and good luck with all the house repairs.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. We just finished for the day. Even on Saturdays we need to put in at least five hours together if he's to keep up. He's severely dyslexic and learns just fine with verbal instruction but very slowly if he has to rely on the written word. I've been doing this with him since mid-way through his fourth grade year.

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  2. You're busier than a one-armed paperhanger with the hives, as we say back where I grew up. Good luck with everything!

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  3. You are busy! At least some of it is rewarding in terms of your physical home and your connections with your grandson.

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    1. It's good to check a few things off the list slowly but surely. Of course, the construction guys couldn't get a crew here today because of all the work they are still doing down in Lake Charles...maybe next week.

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  4. Wow, you have been busy! That's quite the list of classes your grandson is taking. Good luck with everything. :)

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    1. His dyslexia caused him to get so far behind in 9th grade when I couldn't devote as much time to him that we are still catching him up. He's taking more classes than anyone else in his entire class...thank goodness next week is Thanksgiving breaak.

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  5. That's a lot to have on your shoulders. May it all go well.

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    1. Thanks, Jeane. It's pretty much just one foot in front of the other right now...still can't see the final destination, but I know we're getting closer.

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  6. Well of course house problems never come in ones. You take care of yourself, Sam, that's a busy schedule. But good luck with the tutoring!

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    1. I'm sort of enjoying the English class, Cath, because it is a survey on all the different genres of the written word, and is kind of a world survey of literature. Not so much the current unit, though, because it is on essays and essay writers.

      We've been doing this together since he was a fourth grade student and barely 10 years old. He just turned 18 in July, and this is the most intensive year we've had together working on his classes.

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