Kindergarten: What a fantastic week for Luke. Not only did my middle baby turn SIX this week, I am loving using All About Spelling for our phonics program. It is meshing with Explode the Code online perfectly. Luke knows the basic 26 phonograms; he knows what vowels and consonants are; he is able to segment up to a three- phoneme (sound) word and isolate initial and final sounds. He is able to listen to a word "pen" and change it to "pan" when the word is dictated to him. Oh, and he can write the letters (still working on correct formation) when given the phonogram's sounds. All that in two weeks, and his scores on Explode the Code have gone up dramatically. I even noticed that he is reading the little sentences with greater ease this week. If you are curious about All About Spelling, click the label on the right sidebar (I do get commissions on any orders placed through that link).
Ben: A little rough on the attitude/ effort this week. But, Daddy and Ben went out for dinner on Thursday, and Daddy's straight talk with him about school really helped us on Friday.
- Math: we're working on adding/subtracting pounds and ounces. Also, he is continuing with Flashmaster, a great hand-held computer to practice math facts. After a couple week lull in the multiplication and division practice, Ben had a breakthrough this week. After asking around on The Well Trained Mind boards, I'm going to give Ben a times table to fill out for practice on Monday. Then, if he needs it this week, he can use it to help himself. Each week I'll have him do a times table. I'm also going to give him a 100 problem simple addition drill. Since Monday is the beginning of our 2nd quarter, I thought I'd do it periodically to show progress in his skills. He is using the Flashmaster to review addition/subtraction facts twice weekly.
- Language Arts: working on nouns this week in GWG. Spelling is going well with AAS level 3; we're on step 21 of 28 steps. We were lax on WWE this week. I'm having doubts on whether to continue to use this in January when we switch to Tapestry of Grace.
- Science: We finally finished Chapter 1 of RS4K Physics. We talked about what physics is and how to use observation to discover Newton's First Law of Motion.
- History: We're in the middle of SL week 31, reading a missionary story about Adoniram and Ann Judson who went to Burma (Myanmar). We love missionary stories. There is nothing better than having my son's chant "read more, read more" especially about a missionary. We skipped Calico Bush, but Ben is reading Naya Nuki (week 30). We're basically 1-2 weeks ahead of where I planned for us to be. I think we'll start "The Journeyman" next week, too.
- Bible: Ben is reading 2 chapters a day from his Bible and is now in Joshua! He's also continuing on in his study about prayer.
- Latin: Latin was light this week but we are finishing up Chapter 4.
- Piano: Ben had a challenging song this week, which soured his attitude for at least a day. However, he is now playing it beautifully! He still puzzles me: for the last two days he's been playing a song he "wrote" willingly and joyfully upon request. This from a kid who "hates" piano.
- We are watching a Leonard Bernstein DVD from Netflix about music appreciation. I turned it on briefly on Friday before gym class and the kids LOVED it. We'll finish this up on Monday.