School this week went really well. The kids continued (from Sonlight Core B) to read from Leading Little Ones to God, Missionary Stories with the Millers, The Beginner's Bible, Favorite Poems of Childhood and Mother Goose. We finally finished Charlotte's Web...and we added in two new books Usborne Book of World History and A Child's History of the World.
Gator and Peanut are really enjoying Leading Little Ones to God. The book is a really easy read and each lesson is broken up into only a five minute segment. I have not looked ahead but I think this book could quite possibly last us all year as we are only doing two lessons a week.
The new books we started are in place of Usborne Book of People's of the World. I haven't had but two days each with the new books so I can't give an accurate review but so far so good.
The girls were elated to finally finish reading Charlotte's Web. We really enjoyed the book but with 22 Chapters (and reading just one a day) we were feeling a bit done with it! We celebrated by watching the movie Charlotte's Web. About midway through the movie Peanut looks to Gator and says, "I think I like the book better"! We also finished up our Charlotte's Web lapbook!
Gator continued doing Language Arts with her reading, Explode the Code, Spelling and Wordly Wise. She's doing great reading when we sit together but I do wish she would read more independently. My friend, Erika, just wrote a blog about inspiring your kids to love reading. I loved when she wrote about her 100 book challenge. That's just what we need! I go to thinking though...what would her reward be? (Suggestions open)
I finally finished up my Math Mammoth review. Phew! I felt really bad not loving it like I had hoped. I then took a few days to look around at other things and realized what my friends had told me is true...if it isn't broken don't fix it! (Thanks, Gina!) Horizon Math works for us...and it works well. We plan to stick with it! Gator is really enjoying it. Peanut on the other hand is struggling a little with Math...but that's my own fault. I realized this week I need to pull out some extra hands-on activities (I even looked at Math-U-See but really I have the materials to make Horizon more Hands On so I'm going to do that instead).
The funny Peanut story of the week involved me sitting down with her doing math. I tried to explain to her that she needed to read the math problem 2+2= __. Now, you see the first number 2 so let's color 2 blocks (ok, she does that)..what's the next number? "2" great...let's color 2 more blocks. Done! Fantastic - how many blocks did you color? Insert EVERY.SINGLE.NUMBER from 0-10 except 4. I finally
Kudos to Peanut this week she finished up the Get Ready for the Code A book! We still have two more additional books in this set and it looks like there may be some actual Sonlight worksheets in the upcoming weeks, too! I've also been using A Reason for Handwriting. I'm still not loving it but we have it. She's more than halfway done with the book so I'm looking for something else to supplement. I keep looking at Hand Writing Without Tears. Thoughts?
Achoo even sat down this week and did some actual school. Tracing letters and shapes!!! We also played with play-doh quite a bit and he had great fun doing that! I
I have been working really hard at getting more active on my blog. And, I think it is working! I have found time during naptime and at night when the kids are sleeping to get most of it done. Except yesterday
So, for the most part I'm ahead of the game in school. I need to do yesterday's spelling test but aside from that one small thing we will be working on next weeks work today. Yesterday it rained and rained and then rained some more.
This weekend will be full of fun and amazing things, too! I'm already looking forward to next week as we have a field trip planned! I need to organize my materials a bit this weekend, deal with the blog hosting dilemma, shop for Peanut's birthday present -- she's almost 5!!! Gator already took her money and went out and bought Peanut a gift! It was quite possibly the SWEETEST thing ever! But, I'm at a loss for what to get her. She really wants to go to the amusement park here for birthday and we most likely will (since we did promise that to her weeks ago)...I just feel a little bad about spending THAT much extra money with the whole government shut-down so I'm hoping things resolve themselves quickly.
Vegas' birthday is also coming up. He said he didn't want anything so I may just buy him something I want or need (even though my birthday is two days after his). I'm thinking he needs a rice cooker or maybe an icecream maker? I
Happy Weekend Folks!
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