Wednesday, September 7, 2011

School Stuff

We are on week 6 of school and have been a lot more consistent this year. There have been a few days lately that we've opted to play outside or go to the zoo instead of do school. Not like school takes a great deal of time, but sometimes no one wants to stop what they're doing or take the time to do any formal learning.

Maeve has been very motivated to read! This makes me happy. She has a renewed interest in her Progressive Phonics reading packets and can read a couple sentences in a row with ease. As soon as extra funds are available, I plan to order a book called Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind. It covers grammar and will be another reading opportunity for Maeve.

Math is going better this year too, although it's not Maeve's favorite subject. She can only handle one lesson at a time and barely has enough focus to finish the workbook pages that go with the lessons. She understands the concepts, but is easily frustrated when she doesn't know the answer right away. She's even more frustrated when Finn accidentally blurts out the answer.

Speaking of Finn and math, he is almost finished with Singapore 1A. He blew through his first Explode the Code book and is more than half way through his second book. Finn loves workbooks and is an easy student when he's in the mood to work.

We've been studying the symbols of the United States, have learned the Pledge of Allegiance, made mirrors, have learned about magnets and light and have almost completed a chicken lapbook. I have two chapters left to read in Stuart Little and then the kids will watch the movie. We've also been playing a lot of the game Life and the kids have been doing a great job taking turns and following the rules of the game.

7 comments:

Unknown said...

I wrote a comment the other day here but I don't know where it went. I wanted to recommend The Life of Fred books for math. We really like them so far and they are different. I think Maeve might like them. Here's the link http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html
I love reading your blog.

Unknown said...

Heather-that comment was from me. I don't know why I am so comment impaired -April

Heather said...

April, I was wondering who would leave a comment as Unknown. Weird. I never got the other comment.

I looked into Life of Fred, but the stories seemed odd. Fred is an orphan who lives at a university? I definitely think Maeve would like this way of doing math, but I need more convincing about the content.

Heather said...

Also, what book did you start Luke on? Apples?

Unknown said...

I bought Apples and Bananas. We aren't officially starting school until Monday but we did the first chapter one day just to check it out. I'll let you know better what I think as we get further. April

Unknown said...

Butterflies, not bananas. We have all had the stomach flu. I'm losing it. A

Unknown said...

Oh, also the story is definitely weird. Fred is actually a professor there and has been since he was 9 months. Apparently it is more fully explained in the calculus book. I think the quirkiness and silliness makes it engaging. I have logged in with my google account yet I still show up as unknown and I can't figure out how to change it.