Friday, April 26, 2013

April 21 - 27, 2013

  • Math Made Easy 1: numbers, numbers and pictures, counting, counting out loud, missing numbers, making 10, count by 10s, count by 2s, patterns, adding machines, reading numbers, finding 10s, tens and ones, one more or one less?)
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 184-188 (the ING ending; practice with two-syllable words; OU as short-u; OR as /är/, S as /sh/)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 116- (Review V, Y, W; write an invitation; Xx; Kk; )
  • Getting Started With Latin: vocabulary: sum, nauta, ego, agricola, et; grammar: word order
  • Architecture - It's Elementary!: geometric shapes; streetscapes;  neighborhood walks
Math Fun Friday has so far consisted of:
Obviously, we're not limiting Math Fun to just Fridays.  Today, we added in some Origami Math.

"Is this math, Mommy?"  "Yes."  "Wow.  Math is fun!"


Oliver has mastered more levels this week.  I'm looking forward to getting his monthly progress report.  Next week, he begins intensive potty training.  I'm really hoping that this won't be too much of a struggle, either at the center or at home.


Jane is working on tracing right now.  Nothing crazy; just a Kumon workbook.


He is so much happier now that those teeth are through.  He started army crawling this week, too!

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 14 - 20, 2013

Saxon Math 1 is done!

  • Saxon Math 1: Lessons 126-130 (writing the number 114, identifying and counting hundreds, tens, and ones; writing the number 115, representing numbers to 500 using pictures; writing the number 116, subtraction facts - the leftover facts; writing the number 117; written assessment 25, oral assessment 13)
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 180-183 (compound words; the schwa; the LE ending; the ER ending)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 111-115 (Vv, Yy, Ww)
Okay.  So now what?

Math - As I wrote about before, Henry is going to work his way through the first grade workbook of Math Made Easy.  This is going to be review, so I think he will get through it fairly quickly.  He already did the first five pages yesterday.  Granted, they were extremely simple concepts, but I don't think he'll take more than two or three months to complete the entire book, putting completion somewhere around the end of June.

Reading - We have 48 lessons left in OPGTR. At our current rate of 4 lessons per week, that would take us 12 weeks to complete, putting us at mid-July.  From this point on, the length of the lessons increases quite a bit.  I think I will keep our current one lesson per day schedule, but we are going to start doing school Monday through Friday beginning next week.  Five lessons per week has us completing the book before the end of June.

Handwriting - There are 24 pages left and Henry is completing one per day.  With a five-day week, he'll be finished by the end of May.

Based on all of that, it looks like first grade is going to begin in July.  July 1st is a Monday, so we'll shoot for that as our official start date.

In the meantime, I am going to work on developing Kindergarten Henry into First Grade Henry.  That means, as I wrote above, extending our school week.  I want to begin our Math Fun Fridays now.  We'll do the workbook lessons for four days, then have Friday for math games and books.

I have an eye towards some enrichment activities, too.  We've done the first few lessons from Getting Started with Latin and Henry (and Jane!) really like them.  We'll keep that up.  I also just came across an interesting (and free!) elementary architecture course created for kindergarten through fifth grade.  Henry has expressed an interest in learning how to design buildings, so I think he'll enjoy this gentle introduction. 

(And he lost his first tooth last week!)


Oliver continues to progress.  Both Matt and I have noticed a definite upswing in his ability to listen and follow directions.  He continues to match and sort easily.  He remains highly interested in the letter portions of Starfall.  He is picking up new signs easily.  Overall, he's doing great.


Oh, Jane.  Jane wants to read, but she doesn't want to be read to.  Jane wants to count, but she doesn't want help counting.  Jane wants to write, but she doesn't want anyone to watch her write.  Jane is a cute little walking contradiction.  I get a touch of the vapors thinking about what she's going to be like in a couple of years.


Finally.  The glorious day has arrived.  Two bottom teeth have broken free.  It has been a long, hard slog.  Peter is also getting up on his hands and knees and rocking back and forth, so I think he'll be crawling soon.  He's also (finally) sitting up.  I guess it takes a lot of muscle control to keep that huge noggin steady.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 7 - 13, 2013

Quickly, before the kids notice I'm trying to accomplish something...

  • Saxon Math 1: Lessons 122-125 (writing the number 110, subtraction facts - differences of one; writing the number 111, drawing polygons; writing the number 112, identifying and counting quarters; writing the number 113, subtraction facts - subtracting using the doubles plus one addition facts,  written assessment 24 )
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 176-179 ( r-changed vowels review; compound words)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 107-110 (review, keys to legibility, Vv)
Barring catastrophe, we will finish Saxon Math 1 next week.  I can't believe we're already done and it's only April.  We'll have plenty of time to meander through the Math Made Easy workbook and review concepts.  Once Henry finishes OPGTR, we're going to go ahead and begin first grade. Yikes!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

March 24 - April 6, 2013

Two weeks at once because of Easter (Happy Easter!) and out-of-town guests.  I'm glad we worked ahead a bit because we are slacking off this week.

  • Saxon Math 1: Lessons 116-121 (writing the number 105, addition facts - the last eight facts; writing the number 106, measuring line segments using centimeters; writing the number 107, identifying geometric solids (cylinders and cubes); writing the number 108, subtracting ten from a number;  written assessment 23, oral assessment 12; writing the number 109, adding three single-digit numbers)
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 168-175 ( r-changed vowels: ER as /ûr/; IR as /ûr/; UR as /ûr/; WOR as /wûr/; EAR as /ûr/; sight words: where, there, were; sight words: their, here; r-changed vowels: slightly-changed vowel sounds)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 96-106 (review Uu, Ss, Bb, Pp; Rr; Nn; Mm; Hh; review)
I'm adding Latin and logic to first grade.  Nothing crazy, just Getting Started with Latin and a Mind Benders book.  It's maybe another five minutes to our day.  I think he can handle it.


Oliver is doing great with matching.  His therapist gave him a letters matching game for his birthday and he can match each letter very quickly.  He's scanning the whole board each time, which is great.  We're also working on sorting by color.  I'm using our shapes and colors beanbags to set up an array and he's doing well.  We'll keep at it.


We're continuing with letters and numbers.  She's trying to count with one-to-one correspondence, but it's iffy (as expected).  She enjoys it though, and I want it to stay that way.


One tooth has finally broken free!  The other will emerge soon, I'm sure.