Early Mornings

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Last week, the kids’ bedtime came and went one evening.  Suddenly they were interested in math.  My 11-year-old decided it was a good time to start pre-algebra and my 6-year-old thought doing some multiplication was a good idea.  I let them work for a awhile before sending them to bed.  I thought this had to be a ploy to stay to up.  They know me well enough to know that I would never say no to learning math, my favorite subject.

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The next morning at 6:30 am I was woken up by a very alert 6-year-old wanting to continue doing math!  Every day last week he woke me up to do math with him.  Surprisingly, he worked for forty-five minutes each morning.  I think he enjoyed the individual attention and the quiet of the early morning. My daughter joined us one morning as well.

 I found our Challenge Math books that I bought at the NAGC National Convention a couple years ago.  All three kids showed interest in the books.  They are simple to work through and provide varying levels of challenge for primary through middle school students. B0F4589A-CD38-4B0A-AE8F-14F0D55EA2B9

This week, my sweet 6-year-old is obsessed with Roald Dahl books.  My husband bought him a collection over the weekend.  This week, my 6:30 am wake up continues, no longer to do math, but to read aloud Roald Dahl books.  IMG_3774 It was tough to wake up this morning, but I couldn’t say no to his smiling face, full of excitement.  I enjoy every single minute of cuddling together in bed while we read.  Tomorrow at 6:30 am, I have an appointment to read the next Roald Dahl book.  Next week, we might be reading about space again, or maybe dinosaurs.  Whatever it may be I will cherish his excitement and delight because I know our early mornings together are temporary.

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Maria Arana

Hi, I am Maria, a mom to three wonderful kiddos. My family and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. We love the beauty of the desert southwest. I am a former primary teacher and elementary mathematics coach. For the last several years, I have focused on encouraging my children to follow their interests and passions. I believe the learning environment plays a key role in our experience in school and at home. It is as important as what and how we teach. We have the ability to create an environment that encourages imagination, creativity, and independence. Guided Learning Studio is a home based studio where I offer tutoring, enrichment classes and help learners follow their interests and passions.

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