I’m still searching for a good way to write my wrap-up posts, but this week I’m giong to go with a subject-by-subject summary and then hit the high points of the week. Ready?
- This week we’ve been in the New Testament in our Bible story book, and I’ve been having the girls narrate the stories we read. So far, so good.
- We’ve learned verse one of “The Lord Is My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want.” Can I just say that the woman who sings it on the Hymns for a Kid’s Heart cd sings very, very high? Lulu even volunteered to learn to play it on the piano so it would be easier to sing. 😉 We also reviewed a a different hymn each day.
- Psalm 1, KJV. We memorized this way back about three years ago I guess, but then we used the NIV. I’ve decided to go KJV for some of our memory work just because I think there’s something beneficial about early exposure to the language that Shakespeare used. 😉 It’s tough to say scornful when you’re accustomed to saying mockers, though.
- We started working on Bible quiz questions/verses this week. So far the girls have John 1:1 and John 1:3 down pretty well.
- Poetry memorization–Lulu has memorized “The Birthday Child” by Rose Fyleman. Louise is working on “The Months” by Christina Rossetti. These are poems they selected themselves.
- I also read a poem or two each day, which were all randomly chosen from an anthology I checked out of the library.
- I read a fun picture book each day, too: two new to us titles–The Greatest Skating Race and Me. . . Jane–both of which will be featured on an upcoming Read Aloud Thursday; and two old favorites: A Pair of Red Clogs and Storm in the Night.
Okay, this is where I confess that I’ve once again come full-circle and I’m back to Story of the World as our spine and The Well-Trained Mind as our guide on this homeschooling journey. We enjoyed SoTW volume two, chapter two this week, in which the Celts told lots of stories and the Angles and Saxons came across the North Sea and settled in modern-day England. The girls also met Beowulf. 🙂
We’re back where we started here, too. 🙂 In a moment of panic last weekend I pulled out Susan Wise Bauer’s The Complete Writer and turned over to year two since Lulu did year one of Writing With Ease last year. I just felt like I didn’t have a good sense of really what to expect with a CM-style narration. (I’m really a box-checker, as much as I’d rather not be!) Lulu did two narrations from history readings this week in the WTM style. I had a hard time finding reading selections from our history readings that were short enough; in fact, I ended up just having her do guided narration over the whole section once. (I asked questions, she answered, and then I asked for her two-sentence summary of what was most important in the selection.) We also used SoTW for copywork and dictation. This was the first time Lulu has done formal dictation, and I was pleased with what she did. This was a sentence of her narration yesterday, which I then turned around and used for dictation:
(Don’t worry–I wrote Hrothgar on the white board for her to copy!)
We’re still not doing formal spelling or grammar, but I have a feeling that will change next month. 😉
For Lulu’s reading instruction, all we’re doing right now is lots and lots (and lots) of practice. This week I had her read a chapter or two a day in The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic (linked to my review), give a brief oral narration, and practice reading aloud a passage of my choosing (after I read it aloud first). Well, that’s the way it was supposed to go–long about the middle of the week, she decided that she really liked the book and read all the way up to the epilogue. 🙂
Louise is still plugging away at OPGTTR. Since she is my second child to teach how to read, I know that it’s just something that sometimes takes patience, and lots of it. This week we just sort of sat on lesson 77 all week because I decided that she needs more work on simply going from CVC words to long vowel-silent e combinations. We did a lot of whiteboard work and she read a Memoria Press reader that one of my friends gave me.
I have to say that teaching my girls math is delightful, thanks mostly to their excitement about it (and the terrific curriculum we’re using!) Lulu has worked on Venn diagrams this week and completing an addition table using various strategies. She completed lessons 3, 4, 5, & 7 in RightStart C. She also continued to work on clocks and telling time in Math Mammoth. We played at least 3 games of Corners this week, with Lulu keeping score (of course!) Lulu also joined me and Louise for several games of Go to the Dump.
Louise has worked on her hundreds chart this week and counting by tens. We’ve played Go to the Dump and Tens Memory. She completed Right Start A lessons 48 and 49.
We’re not doing science formally right now, but I’m requiring Lulu to read a science book and narrate it at least three times a week. This week she read about the nose, the ears, baby penguins, and owls.
I’m trying this year to make Fridays fun, at least by my standards. 😉 We’re doing artist, composer, and nature studies, fun math, and field trips, not all always in one day. Today we managed the fun math, composer study (Vivaldi), and nature study at a park. We ended the day playing with friends at the same park, and when the DLM had taken all he could (and so had mama!), we headed to Sonic for Happy Hour. 🙂
I’m pretty sure our fun math today deserves its own post, but here’s a teaser:
And here are the obligatory nature study pictures. More on this next week some time.
This week I’ve tried to start school promptly at 9 a.m., and we succeeded in doing that maybe 2 out of 5 days. That’s pretty good, right? We’ve also started waking the girls up at 7 a.m. instead of letting them sleep until they awaken on their own. This helps in starting school on time. 🙂 I’ve also tried to have them do some kind of extra chore (in addition to their making their beds and their kitchen chores) before school time, plus piano practice. Two days we even managed to go for a walk to take advantage of the autumnal mornings we had at the beginning of the week. I think this all counts for learning, but maybe I’m the one who has learned the most about helping our home to run more smoothly.
Lulu has read almost incessantly this week. These are the books she has been carrying around and reading everywhere–at the breakfast table, in the bathroom, in the van:
- D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
- Greek Myths by Heather Amery
- Stories from India by Anna Milbourne
- The Ludmila Zeman Gilgamesh trilogy
- Three Mercy Watson books
It’s been a good week, with lots out-of-the-house days for us: play dates at the park on Monday and Friday, a lunch date with my mom to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday, a doctor’s appointment, etc. All in all I think we rolled pretty well with all the schedule interruptions and got most everything accomplished that we set out to do.