Ir5S1IDID8ntz3CTfc4LEVhlmt9Wl3 La Vida Buena: Homeschool Week Review (our first yet)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Homeschool Week Review (our first yet)


I could not shout it louder or say it more. THIS is what I want.

Belle is such a start student. I have to admit, not a problem given. She thrives to learn, its in her blood. We are doubling up lessons in CLE math and CLE Language arts since alot of it is review. Although she never learned what a fraction was such as 1/4 or 2/3 that was new to her. Of course she understood the concept so fast and we moved on. She took a spelling quiz and of course got 100%. I decided to give her the CLE test for both math and LA for 201 and she got 100 on both so we are moving ahead to light unit 102.

In geography she is learning more and more about the different maps and keys to a map. She understands direction and which way she has to go to get somewhere.

Her newest learning is cursive. She has been ITCHING to learn and now that she was home with me I figured why not. She LOVES it and practices all day. We don't have anything specific for now to learn on and I have a feeling we wont need anything, she is picking up quick.....

Lorenzo is well, a 5 year old boy. I understand WHY so much "coloring" is done is PS kindy now, ..... the attention span is SHORT! But, he is doing amazing. We are up to lesson 42 in OPGTR and he is decoding beautifully. Its funny how different kids learn to read, Belle would sound out the words out loud where he sounds them out in his head and then says them.
I have started writing the sentences on a white board from OPGTR and that really makes a difference. To see them bigger I think helps alot. He leared about -ck endings and beginning blends.
I'm trying to speed math up for him. We are doing CLE1, and doing 2 lessons a day. He already has these beginning math facts memorized, and writes his numbers so neat. I have a feeling he is going to be a math kinda kid. Doing 2 lessons a day is alot in CLE, there is alot of writing but we are getting done and once new concepts are taught we will drop it down to just 1.
AAS he completed step 5. I love AAS. I really think it helps with the reading too. Its quick and painless and gets done. plus the whiteboard.....the kids love that thing :)
His handwriting isn't horrendous so I only make him do a page from HWOT.  I might drop HWOT once I get the ETC workbooks for him....

We SLOWLY started SOTW but I am going to be making the lap book for it with them. I'm waiting for my laminater to arrive for us to REALLY start :) This coming week we will be starting Elemental Science Lap book for Plants. I am so excited!

We have been using out library to the fullest. The kids went for art 2 times this week. Their favorite was pillow making.

They also read to Millie a special dog that lays there and lets the kids read to her...I guess its suppose to build their confidence.

I have yet to find a groove for little miss toddler. I mean 21 months is a rocket age. She is such an awesome kid. For now there is alot of leapfrog movies on for her during school time. Then there is her siblings playing. I need to get moving on making some Busy Bags for her...I do feel like they wont keep her busy for long though!

Today we are meeting another local homeschooling mom and her kids for lunch. I look forward to connecting with someone from the area that home schools!

As for me. I am beat. There is alot of mental exhaustion that I don't think people realize from homeschooling. The preparing, and grading, the entertaining a toddler and then on top of all that the regular SAHM duties such as cleaning cooking ect. This is a whole other post coming this week!

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