Weekly Wrap-Up – October 29, 2010

     

  • Outside classes – swimming, PE, art, guitar, Hands-On Science, CSI, Musical Theatre, Chess, and Math Lab (all are going great!)

Language Arts –

  • Literature – We are so close to finishing The Graveyard Book! I hope we’ll finish it on Halloween, which would be very appropriate. The book has gotten very suspenseful and it is hard to put it down each day, but my voice gives out.
  • A Workbook for Dyslexics has been a bit more difficult this week. Several diphthongs were introduced very quickly. Gohan has been doing a great job of reading them, but struggling with spelling them. The sounds have been ou, ow, oi, oy, ew, ea, ee, ai, etc.
  • Growing with Grammar continues to go wonderfully! Yea!
  • Getty Dubay Italic – Gohan continues to do well with this program. We just ignore all of the sidebar notes and he just copies the actual handwriting exercises

  • Vocabulary – I believe I found a program and will post about next week.
  • Composition – We’re going to try using the free workbook and lessons from National Novel Writing Month’s Young Writers Program. They have workbooks for elementary, middle school, and high school.

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  • Math – Singapore 6A – Standards Edition is still going okay. I still have the same gripe, that the workbook has problems that were never taught in the textbook. Gohan is doing fine, though, so we’re sticking it out for the rest of the year. I just have to teach him how to do some of the problems myself.
  • Science – Awakening Wonder is going fine. We did stop reading one of the extra books. It was another living book and just like with history, was leaving us bored to tears. Clearly, this is one of those “different strokes for different folks” things. We like the textbook, but don’t like the living books that so many people rave about. We are continuing with the “The Way Science Works”, which is another one of the extra books they assign. By extra, I mean, used in addition to the textbook, but I think you’re supposed to read them all. We do find some overlap though.
  • Social Studies – Gohan is doing well with The Trail Guide to World Geography. We tried to make a paper mache globe, but Mr. Mo let Dora play with it and that was the end of that. I am looking into incorporating Montessori pushpin maps into our lessons.

 

 

 

 

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