In our homeschool this week... I finally visited the teacher store in town, and I love it. I found a Parts of Speech board game that will hopefully help me teach this to Haydn without the frustration he has been experiencing. We learned, from Beakman, that vacuums do not suck and if you take the great Wall of China apart and use the bricks to build a 30 foot high wall, that wall would stretch around the entire planet. We started Sea of Monsters, 2nd of the Percy Jackson books, and Haydn loves it. Tyson the Cyclops is a neat addition.
Places we're going and people we're seeing... CoOp has been a wonderful thing for us. This week, I had one girl in my poetry class, but that was perfect. She and I sat outside for twenty minutes, writing Haiku and breathing in the fresh air. Haydn also had his first baseball practice this week. After years of being too full of anxiety to play on a team, my little slugger had a blast on the diamond. I was worried he would be behind all of the other boys who have been playing on teams since they were four (tee ball). Haydn, however, held his own. He has quite an arm, and Corey has taught him well.
My favorite thing this week was... picking papers for my sister's wedding invitations. She and I seldom have the same taste, so I was nervous, but she likes the papers I picked, and I cannot wait to work on the lettering.
What's working for us... The boys now get a sticker for each day they shower without complaint. If they earn their stickers Sunday-Thursday, they get to stay up 30 minutes past bedtime on Friday. It has been nice not to hear David's whining when I ask him to clean himself. What is it kids hate so much about bathing?
What's not working for us... the free typing lessons I was using online. Haydn just skips what he doesn't want to do. I will probably buy a program soon. If he can learn to type well, it will alleviate a lot of frustration from his daily lessons.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have... Haydn's therapist thinks he will do best with a computer-based curriculum. So I am looking them over. I'd like to, perhaps, do a computer based curriculum for writing and science (supplementing with our home science kits). I am thinking of trying Math U See for math. I'd like to do a Charlotte Mason style history/social studies. And, of course, we will keep reading together and he will continue to read on his own each day. I can handle art without a structured curriculum, and he plays baseball and rides his bike a lot for PE. Currently, I select his vocabulary words from the book we are reading together. That way, I am certain he will hear the words used. Anyone have any experience with computer based curriculum, such as Switched on Schoolhouse? We have used Time4Learning and I will post more about that next week (stay tuned for a chance to get a free month of T4L).
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