Saturday, April 24, 2010

How Kumon Saved Dinner

My brother-in-law was in town this week to defend his masters thesis. (Yay!!) We went out to eat with him and Kansas Dad's parents. And the kids.

Eating out with our kids isn't a horrible venture, as long as we eat quickly and don't want to sit at the table and talk at all. Of course, that's exactly what we wanted to do this week. So I packed a "special" bag and included a few Kumon workbooks I bought recently but haven't used for anything: Let's Cut Paper! (Kumon First Steps Workbooks) and My Book Of Number Games 1-150 (Kumon Workbooks). I included some scissors (of course) and some 24 ct. Mini Twistables Crayons. I love these crayons because they do not break while in the bag or when rolling around on a table.

The kids finished eating pretty quickly and started asking for their special treats. I pulled out some sheets one at a time and managed to keep them busy and content until all the adults were ready to go. (I could have saved myself some interruptions by giving them the books, but I wanted to make sure they didn't go through all the pages in just a few minutes.)

When I bought these (and a few others), I envisioned using them next year as part of our homeschooling. First Son will be attending the story hour with the girls at our local library, but he really needs something more than practice with letters and numbers up to ten, so I picked some books on counting coins, measurement and telling time we can use for practice once a week. The ones for First Daughter are to keep her occupied while I exercise in the afternoons next year (when she's not in quiet time anymore). I plan to ask First Son to read the instructions for her. If he can't think of anything else fun to do at the same time, he can have some worksheets as well.

I'm very glad I thought to bring them along earlier this week, though, because they made dinner a lot less painful!


  1. I like the Kumon workbooks, too! They have saved me more than once during school. Even Joseph can do the My First Tracing. It has been neat to watch him improve over the year!

    That was a good idea to bring those along. I should think of things like that more. :)

  2. Hi, I don't think I know you, but I stumbled upon your blog on my sis Michelle's blog (Trying to Let Go and Let God). I was just thinking about getting my Gemma (was 2 in January) some Kumon workbooks. Where do you get them? Do they have them at Target and Borders or do you order online?


  3. H of B, I don't usually think to bring things like this along because we don't usually go anywhere. I have to admit, too, that since that night the kids have been begging for more "cutting pages" every day. There are a lot of little pieces of paper around my living room now. But they've been practicing an important skill, right?

    Monica, thanks for stopping by! I bought a few of our Kumon workbooks on Amazon. I think all the ones I bought there were used (some of the used books are even shipped by Amazon, so you can get free shipping if you're spending more than $25). Most of them, however, I bought at Borders using my 30% off educators coupon. For a whole week in the spring and a whole week in the fall, educators (including homeschooling parents) get 30% off everything, even items for personal use. I bought about 10 workbooks, I think, in different areas and for different skill levels. I was hoping it would get us through a whole year, but at the current rate I'll have to resupply this fall! I'm sure you can find them other places online, too, as they're pretty popular.


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