I guess that would be called a monthly report.
I am a bad blogger. I really wanted to stay on top of weekly reports – you know, keep my family informed, hold my self accountable, blah, blah, blah… I don’t know if I am ever going to get around to doing that for the past few weeks. Acutally, yeah, I feel guilted into to it. That is the main reason I started this blog. I will do it now.
Bible is moving steadily along. We are on Lesson 50ish and I think we will be able to finish Unit 1 before we move. I am happy about that. We added Hymn Study since Madison keeps asking me to “tell me all the words” at church when we are singing, so I would really like her to know the words because I like to sing 🙂 Scripture memory is also going good, although we have not made a lot of progress because we are out of town more than we are home (and it looks like that trend will continue for April and May and probably June. Ok, probably until we leave for Japan…)
We are making decent progress with reading. Madison is more than halfway through Headsprout, but still just reads ok. I think I had this great expectation that she would be reading easily and fluently when she finished the program, and now I am starting to see that that was not realistic. One problem I notice is she is not carrying what she learns in the program anywhere else. She will read the Headsprout books or other readers I get from the library, but she is not motivated to sound out words anywhere else. She stills asks me what stuff says, even when I know she has the tools to figure it out herself. My solution to that is more practice reading. Her first books are now really easy for her, which I guess I should take as a sign to chill out and it will come to her, but that is not really in my nature.
We finished ETC books A, B, and C about a month ago and are now working on ETC Book 1. Madison does not love it, but is so good at it! She is now reading and spelling almost all CVC words – she is really great with spelling (so far). The only words she has trouble with are words with short e, and that is because we haven’t really learned to use that sound yet. In Headsprout, they teach the long ee sound first, and I didn’t want to confuse her (until I had too).
We are moving along in math too, but I am afraid she is not retaining as much information as I would like her too. Sometime in the next few weeks, I am planning to order Singapore 1A/B and add some of those pages in as 1) reinforcement and 2) a way to slow us down a little. I really don’t want to move too far ahead of grade level in math, which is something I didn’t consider when I started schooling her. But, I don’t want to stop and have her forget what we have already learned, so we will slow down. (Also, anyone using Horizons math – we are in the 50’s and are already working on adding with 20’s. At some point, it will come back to adding one digit numbers and doing drill? Or is that something you add in yourself later?)
Of course, with all our traveling, you know we haven’t been doing science or art or violin or Japanese. I am hoping to get back on with that this week (we did good yesterday). We are going to start the Green Hour Challenge tomorrow, so we will be way behind, but that’s ok with me. It looks like a great, fun science activity and I am looking forward to it. Although I am still not sure where we will walk to since we live in downtown OKC. Also, we have been sorta doing Sketch Tuesday. Last week, Madison’s something blue was a car. She draws pretty good cars.
side note: as I am sitting here blogging, which I should not be doing right now – I should be getting Madison ready for the day, taking my dog for a walk, getting dressed,doing the dishes I left in the sink last night so I could read, I could go on and on – Madison is standing here talking to me, and it occurs to me that she is so big! Long legs and a skinny body, she looks just like her dad. Sometimes I wish she would stay this age forever – and sometimes I can’t wait for her to grow up 🙂
So that is pretty much our month. Among other activites we did, we went to Virginia (I posted about that earlier), my brother got married, we went to Storytime when we were in town, went to the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita (which, by the way, that place is pretty awesome, especially for homeschoolers. If we were going to be in OKC semi permanently – and by that, I mean for more than 6 months – I would buy a season pass. There is so much cool stuff there about everything. Although it is organized a little… well, lets just say it is not very well organized. I’m sure we did other stuff, I just can’t think of it right now.
And I have so much more to blog about! I have been thinking about stuff I want to write down for the past month, and I never seem to be near a computer. Now that the weight of this weekly report is off my shoulders, maybe I can get back to doing some regular blogging.