Did you like it??? I had dh sit down and create this slide show with me. Next week I'll try it all by myself. It's fun to learn something new!
Okay, to the matter at hand - our Week 4 Report.
Handwriting - To truly appreciate this photo, you would have to see where we started on day one of Kindergarten. I would teach Thatch a letter and the next day (sometimes the next minute) he had no clue how to properly form it. No muscle memory would be the understatement of the century! :) He has worked hard and come so far.
Math - Still his favorite subject and what he wants to do first each morning after Bible.
Phonics - We've hit our first bump in the road with ETC after two years of success with this program. On Thatcher's last two "tests" (the last page of each lesson gives the opportunity to write each word from the lesson and we use it as an assessment tool) he has missed half the words - although only by a letter or two. After some deliberation, I think I know the problem. I am using these workbooks the same way I was at the beginning - a quick lesson to start and then he completes the pages independently. That worked fine with one and even simple two syllable words. Now that the words/skills have increased in difficulty, he needs more review and support along the way. I still need to think through what this will look like before we start next week.
History - I was so nervous about starting History for some reason. It seems so much more complicated than our other 20 minute lessons: read a chapter, do copywork, mapwork, read additional library books, complete an art project, etc. It was great though. Thatcher talked about what he learned all week and even spelled "nomad" with his alphabet cookies tonight. My favorite is the cave drawing he did all by himself (except for the horns on his deer). I almost didn't do this project because I didn't have all the recommended materials. That's my personality - by the book, just like it says, no creativity, just follow the directions - but I realized how silly that was. I modified it, and we had a ball.
On to do my lesson plans for Week 5. How is your year going?