- Storybooks: We've been reading through various books over the past weeks; some have become favorites and others not-so-much . . . I think the top three in Sam's opinion would be Uncle Wiggily, the Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature (I highly recommend this one--it's really an awesome introduction to science, and is a super fun way for kids to learn it!), and Usborne's Things People Do. Besides the Sonlight selections, we've also been reading some other fun books. We recently finished Charlotte's Web, and are currently reading through a Paddington Bear treasury.
- Math: We are about halfway through Singapore Earlybird A. (We'll be doing books A & B over this year.) Right now we are doing a unit on shapes--easy peasy for Sam. The whole book has been quite easy so far, but I like how it goes slowly and thoroughly builds a good math foundation right from the start. I have to say I am loving Singapore math so far! One thing I especially like about it is that it's bright and colorful, with many fun illustrations.
- Handwriting: Sam just finished learning to write all of the lowercase letters, and this week we are reviewing all of them. Next week we'll start on capitals. I can definitely see some improvement since we started! Handwriting is not his favorite thing to do, but the lessons are short and he can get through them pretty quickly. He does enjoy getting to pick a sticker for the best letter he writes each day. The handwriting book is short, so we are only doing about 3 lessons every week, and we will still finish it early in the spring. So far I've been very impressed with the book (A Reason for Handwriting) and I'm glad we went with that one.
- Reading: We just finished lesson 73 in The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. This is Sam's least favorite subject, and I'll admit I am in need of advice and wisdom with this. He is actually doing really well with his reading . . . I don't think I am pushing him too hard, but maybe I am. He can read the words . . . when he wants to. The problem is that he has convinced himself that it's "too hard" and is very reluctant when it comes time to do the lessons. Some days are fine, other days (like today) are terrible. Today we had tears and the declaration "I HATE school!" when we were working on reading. I don't want him to hate school!!! I want him to see reading as a gateway to a whole wonderful world of learning. We had a long talk about it and I decided we will take a break from his reading lessons for the rest of this week. Maybe I just need to back off on it, or go back and review some of the easier lessons. I told him he can do some reading practice on Starfall this week if he wants, or if he decides to do a reading lesson after all, that will be fine. I would love some advice from more seasoned homeschool moms or teachers . . . my ears are wide open!! To give you an idea of where he's at, we have mastered basic short-vowel words with no problem and are now working on long vowel words. He's reading (what seem to me) pretty challenging sentences, such as "Trish can fling the length of string and then catch the yo-yo." I know he does not really hate school, it's just that he dislikes putting forth the extra effort for reading. All of his other work is fairly simple and doesn't challenge him a lot yet. Anyway, please comment if you have any advice to share or have been through this with your own kids!!! :)
Well, I have now made this way too long, but I just wanted to share what we have been up to. :) Oh, and this has nothing at all to do with homeschooling, but I was so very excited to read this post from MckMama tonight, after praying for Stellan through the day today. If you want to hear an awesome work of God, go read it!! God is so good. :)