Saturday, September 13, 2008

Weekly Update--Meeting the Child's Needs

Last spring I put in hours of work to create a language arts program for my daughter that used grammar picture books, charts and incorporated the progymnasmata. I also spent hours typing up worksheets and charts for the WISE Guide spelling list. Two months in, it is not working.

My oldest daughter does not learn best with worksheets. She finds them tedious, boring and a chore. When I try to have her do worksheets I find that schooling gets very difficult. Remind me of that the next time I decide to use worksheets with her. Now my youngest daughter learns very well with worksheets and I will be able to use this Visually Language Arts with her.

So I have made changes, yet again to meet the needs of my child.

Third Grade:

Focus jingling--this week she made lists about Webkinz. Next week we will turn those lists into sentences and paragraphs. This subject will include spelling and grammar skills combined with composition.

History--in Story of the World 2 we read about the lost colony of Roanoke, VA.

Math--Math in My World review test lead us into working more on basic multiplication skills but from another point of view than that which is taught in Singapore. This is a nice balance for us.

Project--She finished up the lapbook on tigers.

First Grade:

Phonics--the phonograms th and ow were introduced. She did copywork from nursery rhymes and worksheets from various free phonics sites.

Math--measurement in Earlybird.

Project--She finished up the lapbook on The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar Island.

Preschool (day care):

Math--Things that math or things that don't belong worksheets.

Phonics--The Letter Factory DVD

The Yellow Ball lapbook which included mini-books on yellow, the sound of y, position words, etc.

Friday Club:

Every Friday we get together with friends and do some fun activities. We kicked off a three week unit on China this week. The children learned what the animal of the year was for the year they were born, did origami and sang songs. It was a lot of fun.

It was a good week for the children, we had American Girl Club at the Library and they learned all about Josephina and the time that she lived in.

Hope you had a good week as well.


Diane said...

I really enjoyed "seeing" your school week. We are using Galloping The Globe this year, and we'll be traveling through China in a couple weeks. :) If you go to and get in touch with them, they'll send you tons of info. and colorful brochures of China. They may prove useful in filling out lapbooks, etc...Have fun!

CloseAcademy said...

Thanks. It should be a fun unit for us. Next week we are making stamps and eating noodles with chopsticks.

Jenny said...

Yes, it's all about finding the right approach for the specific combination of student and teacher. It sounds like you're on the right path.

Rhonda said...

I love that you are not afraid to go ahead and change things up when your plan did not work out for the child. Great job!


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