Thursday, January 7, 2010

Weekly Report January 7, 2010

It was a week of trying new things and finding out what is going to work, might work and definitely needs to be changed. This week we mainly played with Oak Meadow to figure out how the program is set up and how it works. We kept things light otherwise.

For fifth grade, the readers are a bit hard for my daughter so I am going to see if she would enjoy reading some of the books from 3rd and 4th grade. We have several and they are adventure stories which she is wanting to read. The writing projects are a bit much for her right now as well so we are going to start with just doing the grammar activities and writing sentences and move into writing larger pieces as the year goes on.

I think that she find the history and science interesting but it is too much for her to have a section of history, science and Life of Fred math each day so we are going to have two days of Life of Fred and one day each for history and science. The grammar portions she will work on each day. For other subjects, things went OK. She dove into the math but was a bit rusty on spelling. She is also enjoying her rabbit lapbook. I am having her do all the writing but am giving her the guide so that she can copy what she needs to put down.

Second grade went well. We were able to try the curriculum out all week instead of part of the week like we did with 5th grade. So far, the reading is a bit much for her so we are going to slow down the first four weeks so we can spend time on the word families (we call them rhyming houses) and read through some of the first grade readers. She sort of likes Jolly Robin, he is growing on her. For math, we went back to Singapore because she was very burned out on the tasks in Rod and Staff.

She is also working on a lapbook on horses and I am helping her to do the work in it. I think that the Oak Meadow curriculum is going to be good for her. It fits her learning style.

I kind of wish I would have gotten the 4th grade curriculum for my oldest though because I think it would have been a better fit. But we are going to go ahead and take things slowly with her. She does think that the science is interesting though.

I think it was a good week. We also read The Ersatz Elevator (lots of requests to keep reading), went to a 4-H meeting, and we will hopefully attend playgroup tomorrow. All the kids really need some time running around a gym for a couple of hours after being cooped up the last couple of weeks.

How was your week?

13 comments:

homeschooling6 said...

Thanks for the update :)

jennybell said...

It sounds like you've already thought of this, and I don't know anything about the curriculum you've chosen. So please forgive my unasked for advice, but I just want to point out that typically the first week of a curriculum is usually review, so if both of your children are already having a little bit of trouble to the point where you are wanting to bring in some lower grade reading material, you may want to put these grade away altogether and order the lower grade. You can always double time it to the point where it fits where they are. Just a thought.

CloseAcademy said...

Thanks. I thought about the 4th grade curriculum but we are almost finished with the year and I think that we will stretch out the 5th grade material.

As for the 1st grade curriculum, it mainly concentrates on the alphabet and word families. I've taught my daughter to read using SWR and so some of the review in the beginning is just a different way of learning things. She can read the words in the 2nd grade readers but she is overwhelmed by the lack of pictures.

So we are just going to do a slow start and get her where she needs to go.

Liza Q said...

(jumping in here...) So, you are planning to stretch the Oak Meadow 5th grade out over the rest of this year and next year? I am not familiar with Oak Meadow but that sounds very doable.

Mandy in TN said...

Cool Stuff! Are you following Waldorf philosophy or just using Oak Meadow materials?

Our Westmoreland School said...

Sounds like everyone is adjusting well. Thank you for sharing (your links on the right are SUPER helpful).

CloseAcademy said...

We are just going to take things how they go and I am open to her finishing up OM 5 anywhere between December of 2010 and May of 2011. If she wants to follow rabbit trails we will. If we need to take longer on a unit we will.

I'm glad the links are helpful.

Daisy said...

I love the lapbook ideas. Sounds like you are finding your groove with Oak Meadow. It always takes me a few weeks to really know how something is working.

Smrt Mama said...

How are you (and your daughter) enjoying Life of Fred? We're working on Decimals and Percents right now with my 4th grader and simple love it!

CloseAcademy said...

We've just done the first lesson in Life of Fred Fractions. She thinks that it is sort of silly so far.

lifeoflaurie said...

I am just getting back into hs after an int'l. move and loved reading your post! I might look into OM for us - it sounds like something that my DDs would like! It is CM-ish at all, do you think?

Take care!

CloseAcademy said...

In the lower grades it has the handwork and the sort of gentle living books of Charlotte Mason. In the older grades there are texts but they are written in a more conversational style and the children have projects to choose from.

There is mainly a Waldorf influence with a little CM thrown in.

cyn said...

My daughter would love to be doing a lapbook on horses! As we don't start back for a few weeks, maybe she can make one in all of her free time!

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