This week as we are nearing the end of our reading program. I've spent a lot of time thinking about how we teach reading as our 2nd child is reading on grade level (1.0-1.5) and by the end of our program I expect she will be reading at a 2nd grade level just like her sister was.
We use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy lessons. We start TYCR100EL in Kindergarten. I combine it with Christian Liberty Press' Adventures in Phonics A-C which I start about lesson 25. We also start reading Bob Books as soon as I think the child is able to blend and knows enough sounds to be successful. By using Bob Books she gets used to reading books without the 'modified' alphabet TYCR100EL uses.
This weeks overview...
All the kiddos has tests this week. Sweetie had tests in English & Word Building. Bullet was tested in Math & Language Arts and little Sugar Pie had her 2nd Math test. I must say I've been pretty happy with their test scores. I attribute this to the introduction of self-checking. The children check their math & language Arts immediately after they complete it. This immediate feedback seems to be increasing their understanding. They are required to then correct their mistakes and then re-check their work. This was a concept mentioned by Elizabeth Botikin on her CD Curriculum Advice.
We of course had 2 Physical Therapy appointments, Speech Therapy, 3 Softball games & Piano this week. Piano lessons have been a bit more intense as 2 of the children are preparing for their Theory Test and 3 of the children are getting ready to participate in the Hymn Festival.
Big news in Softball is that Sugar Pie has learned how to hit a ball that is pitched to her and she does not always have to use a tee. Also, Bullet our soccer player wants to try softball next semester instead of soccer. Sweetie, however, is going to stick with bowling because she doesn't believe in sweat!
This post is connected to the Homeschool Mother's Journey
This is not linked to weekly wrap up as Weekly Wrap up family has lost a dear friend. Please pray for their family and Christina a Mama to 5 who passed suddenly this week.