I really need to create a better banner for this, as I'm sick of this pea green thing. (It's been on my to-do list for a few weeks now, so you can see how high of a priority it is to me.)
Alright, alright, another week of school completed! It was a good week!
I switched from a task-based schedule to a time-based schedule, just to see what would happen; and I'm rather happy with the results. Instead of only doing one lesson a day for Spelling, Bluebird can generally pump out 1.5 lessons in a fifteen minute period. I think this will work nicely for her because she can now fly through the things that are easy, instead of having to go at the usual one-lesson-a-day pace that I was holding her down with.
I've also crammed Phonics, Grammar, Spelling and Handwriting into every day instead of two per day. I've allotted fifteen minutes to each subject. She's going to start moving ahead quickly.
Math: Going good. I'm trying to only do math for sixty minutes and then moving on to our other subjects, but it's hard to let a lesson stay undone! I'm a big fan of the repetitive nature of Saxon Math because I want my children to memorize their math facts so they don't have to "think" about them. It's time-intensive and I'm not willing to cut any more out of the meeting time than I already have cut. She's a big dawdler when it comes to completing her worksheets, so that's what gets left undone by the end of the lesson. I keep saying that she'll have to finish them later as homework, but then I forget. Teacher fail. I'll need to set some sort of reminder for myself to make her do her "homework."
|Junebug likes to steal the Saxon K Math book from Penguin and do the lessons herself.|
I did unearth some of my old college textbooks that I have been saving for this very point in time. Bluebird especially liked the Cambridge Illustrated History of China for its pictures, and I was reminded of The Book of Songs (Shijing), which I will have to make a note to procur for when we study this time in the logic and rhetoric stages. It's a collection of 305 poems written during the Qin period (primary source!); love poems, complaining poems, poems from peasant folk and aristocratic folk. It's a great collection that really allows you a window to understanding everyday life during that time. I wish I had remembered it beforehand, but there were enough excerpts from it in Illustrated History to appease Bluebird's interest.
Science: We learned about molecules and made molecules out of marshmallows. Not surprisingly, it was a lesson enjoyed by all.
I have also decided to supplement our study of chemistry with Adventures with Atoms and Molecules and The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia.
Each Real Science 4 Kids lesson is easily completed within our one-hour science session, and there's only ten lessons in the book. We do science twice a week, and I'm not about to get done with this in only five weeks. We're going to stretch it out.
|"Birthday Party for a Baby Triangle"|