Our little Mister Five year old has suddenly picked up reading. We're all excited to listen!
I decided our Mister Seven year old/first grader was ready to delve into Rod & Staff's English 2 this year instead of next year as I'd planned. So far the book is great for him. He's working on sentence writing. As the reviews for R&S English usually point out, the book calls for way more writing than is necessary (for us anyway). We do most of it orally; I often have him read it to me. I pick and choose the parts of it to have him write. He also does copywork from his other subjects (but not on the same days).
Since I've read that most children, boys especially, pick up handwriting skills much later than reading skills, I don't push the handwriting nearly as much or as early as reading practice. That seems to work best for my boys.
This was today. I don't give Mister Three year old much "official" preschool work, and never for Littlest Farmgirl of course, but they always join us anyway! Look how cute the Little Miss is there, copying her big brothers with a pencil and scrap of paper she'd found.
When not busy copying her fun big brothers, she can be found sitting in blue tubs with her dolly, looking at books...
...and standing around in big pots.
Recently we had some product shipped to us in the mail that came wrapped in a ridiculously long piece of brown paper. But a perfect piece of paper for crafting on!
This weekend I traced each boy and then he painted and colored "himself". They had a lot of fun with it. After all the paint dried we cut each one out.
You can see the resemblance, right? ;)
As soon as we finished up our schoolwork today, Mister Seven year old packed up his backpack with snacks and announced he was going on a hike up the hill behind our house. My teen son and Mister Five year old decided to join in. They had a fine time hiking up through the woods. Although the snow is nearly melted at our house, apparently it is still knee deep in the forest! (he did come back in and put a snow coat on before venturing all the way up the hill)
Our schooling is going very well this year. The biggest challenges I'm facing these days are #1. interruptions, and #2. finding time to go over and correct all of my teen's schoolwork. This morning alone, during school time, I had to make phone calls for my husband- one for setting up a time to pick up hay, another to pick up grain, then a naughty rabbit escaped from his cage and I had to go figure out exactly which cage that was, then there was a dirty diaper and the mug of soup spilled on the floor. As for correcting/reviewing all my oldest son's work- that has been an ongoing problem for years! Sigh. I don't know why I battle with that so much. I just can't seem to find a perfect spot on my schedule for that. Phases come where I am getting to most of his work, and other phases where it's barely any for weeks on end. We discuss all his subjects, and he comes to me with questions of course, but as for getting a grade written at the top of each page, well that's another story. I wonder if any of you have encountered this challenge?
Because I am a planner, or perhaps because I like to worry over things that are happening way off in the future, I have already mapped out what grades my children will be in the years to come (including the child still in my belly, LOL). Take 2019 for instance. Our teen will have joined his big sister in graduating from homeschool, but I will still have one each in 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grades. HOW will I accomplish such a thing?! But I realize, that just like each new baby comes slowly but surely and we have plenty of time to adjust to the new routine, so will schooling be. I won't suddenly have children in all those grades, it will be a gradual thing, thank goodness!
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