Saturday, February 23, 2013

February 17 - 23, 2013

I have that "spring is approaching" curriculum fever again, although it's about a week earlier this year than last.  Why am I spending the morning researching microscopes for fifth-grade biology?  Must. Stop. Now.

What we did this week:

  • Saxon Math 1: Lessons 99-102 (writing the number 90, counting nickels; written assessment #19, oral assessment #10; writing the number 91, counting nickels and pennies; writing the number 92, identifying the geometric solids - cones and spheres)
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 149-152 (the silent D before GE; the silent letter B, sight word: gone; the silent letter H; the silent letter U after G)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 74-77 (Ff; review C, E, F)
Henry's reading has definitely leveled up.  I plugged some excerpts into and determined that he's easily reading independently at second grade level and reading with some prompting at fourth grade level.  Thank you, OPGTR!  His daily practice time has increased since we linked his game time to his reading time.  Right now, his ratio is 1:1.  If he keeps reading for an hour and a half to two hours at a time, though, that may go to 1:2.  I want to keep the video games to no more than an hour a day.  Very unfair of me, I know.

How about some pics?
Math is best done in pajamas, I always say.


Oliver's homework did not start off well.  The first time I sat him down for a table session, his face just crumpled and he started sobbing.  I don't think he liked me turning into a therapist.  So, I had to back off and approach it in a more natural way.  We wound up just playing with his cars, with me asking for the car he was holding, then making him mand for it to get it back.  That worked out a lot better.

His therapist is starting echoic shaping using the mand training foundation that they've already established.  We've been seeing glimpses of this at home already, with Oliver sometimes saying "cah" while he mands for a cracker.  I'm very hopeful that he'll pick this up quickly and we can start turning all of the different sounds he makes into meaningful requests.


Lots of Starfall.


Lots of fussing.  Please, teeth, just come out already.

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