I've started Phoebe on Delightful Reading this week. She was wanting to do more "grown-up" work and was very excited to start on her own box of Delightful Reading. (I used this program for Jonathan, but used my shabby first-draft stuff since we started before the kit was published.)
Since it was a new kit, all the tiles needed to be cut out. Now I know some do not enjoy the cutting out part, but one of my favorite parts of homeschooling is all the preparation and lesson planning, so it is right up my alley. Nevertheless, my mind couldn't help constructing a top ten list of ways to aid the tile-cutting process.
1. Pay your kids to do it.
2. Watch your favorite movie while cutting.
3. Use a cutting board to cut the long lines; then snip, snip along the short ones.
4. Eat chocolate. It makes anything fun!
5. Play upbeat music. Maybe even jig a little.
6. Reward yourself with cheesecake. Or chocolate.
7. Skype or conference call your BFF. Better yet, have a croppin' party with her!
8. Think up your own Top Ten List.
9. Start thinking of how your kids will grow up and leave you and how sad and empty the house will seem, and start bawling over those precious alphabet letters.
10. Definitely grab a bowl of ice cream and top it with chocolate.