I was waiting until I had time to add pics, but that never happened. So...here's our last two weeks a little late.
Ahhh, another box of curriculum is on my way!!
We've had a great couple of weeks as usual. I'm getting ancy to start our full schedule, but I'm glad we're waiting until June to start the rest. Here's what we're doing in the meantime:
Math: We are whizzing right along in math. I was worried about D-Man starting addition with renaming (some of you will know it as carrying), but my concerns were unfounded. He breezed through the concept and had no trouble. I introduced it using Cuisenaire Rods and that helped him visualize the first few problems. Once he saw how it worked, he was off. For our supplemental math this week, I worked with D-Man on subtraction in Miquon. He has gotten it into his head that he hates doing subtraction. I used Miquon and the rods to bring some fun back into that concept. I also told him that if he works on his subtraction facts, the problems will be easier for him. While math concepts are a breeze for him, he isn't great at memorizing. He understands subtraction and can figure out the answer to subtraction problems, but it takes him a long time. I know that he'll need a lot of practice to get all of those facts to stick into his brain. He's been working with Flashmaster this week which is fun for him. We're supposed to start subtraction with renaming (borrowing) next week, but I may delay it if he starts to get frustrated. We'll just work on subtraction facts and do some Miquon. The funny thing is that he was faster on his fact recall a few months ago, but I guess we haven't been practicing enough.
LA: We finished learning all of the cursive letters last week. Now it's just a matter of D-Man getting used to writing in cursive. This week, I'm just having him copy words to practice the formation and get used to the different way of writing. He's begging to start spelling again so we'll start that soon. I think I'll do another review next week and then start our first week of spelling words the following week. I'm waiting for my box to come so that I can start my own Learning Log in cursive. D-Man's going to love it. Writing with Ease (WWE) is also coming in that box so I'll be able to finish my schedule correlating WWE with Sonlight and Noeo, our science program. D-Man's still working his way through The Beginner's Bible. He is so happy to have read 150 pages in one book. He does struggle with some of the Bible names which is kinda cute.
Geography: We haven't done much of this the last couple of weeks. I just got some Galloping the Globe sheets copied so I need to add it in next week. I have three books to use with Galloping the Globe in my shipment: Geography Through Art, Eat Your Way Around the World, and an atlas. We may focus back on Egypt when all of that comes since it'll be fun to add some art and cooking to the mix.
Library: We are back to our weekly library trips. D-Man is enjoying picking out books that he can read by himself. C-Monster checks out whatever Dr. Suess book looks interesting even if we already have it at home. Now that D-Man is a certifiable Star Wars nut, he checked out a bunch of Star Wars visual dictionaries. He can't read them by himself yet, but Dad's happy to help him out.