Ahhh... yet another year of blogging failure!!! Why is it that for so many years I kept up, and now... I fail!!!!
We are at the end of yet another school year... our fourth. SO hard to believe that the boy will be in the 5th grade soon! As he reminds me often that he will be 12 years old in September. Time just seems to keep flying past me, and there isn't a thing that I can do to make it slow down!
This has been a year of more surgeries and dental issues. He has had numerous teeth removed... not once, but twice! His bone graft has healed wonderfully, and we are preparing for the next phase of the game - orthodontics. I have a feeling that we'll be waiting for some of these permanent teeth to erupt before we move on, and that is fine with me. Think he is ready for a break!
On the school front, he has made some progress this year. We've been working on reading comprehension, and it has really made an improvement in his understanding of what he reads. I began using Spectrum Reading mid-year, and I really love the way it works for him. Even though he is "techically" in the 4th grade (you know, in homeschool it REALLY doesn't work that way?!) he has been working through the 2nd grade book. I am a firm believer that you need to meet a child where the need is. These workbooks are filled with short, one page stories that are followed by questions he must answer. It is really helping with his comprehension skills. He still has a way to go, but I see progress.
Math has gone much better since we made the switch to Singapore math. He just started working in the Primary 3A book. Again, I went right back to the beginning when we switched. There were skills he was lacking, and he was able to pick them up by doing this. When I first thought about going so far back, I had a hard time with that... I felt that I was admitting to failure. But then I remembered that it was OKAY to meet his needs where they are. That is part of the reason we decided to homeschool!!! So back we went, and I'm so glad that we did. His frustration level (and mine!) saw a sharp decrease almost immediately!!!
In reading, he finished Farmer Boy a few weeks ago and he really enjoyed it. We've had to go back to "reading together" as he was 'cheating' a bit on his reading. He was just wanting to get finished so he could play or watch TV. Now he has to read TO me again, but that is okay. If he has a GOOD day, then he can have cartoon time in the afternoon. If he isn't concentrating, then he gets no TV until after supper. That has really had him working harder! And on an "exceptional day" I might let him have an hour of Wii or Xbox during the week!!! (We have found an incentive that works for him.... and we're not afraid to use it!!!) He is currently reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and we're discussing what makes this a fictional book!!
This year we've also found some great unit studies to "fill in the gaps". He has also completed some lap books as well. He is a "hands on" learner, and those have been a great way to get his brain in the game!! If you're looking for unit studies, Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett is a great resource ! (www.unitstudy.com) There are sales often! With a little searching you can also find many studies that are free!! Above was one of Michael's favorite projects this year!!
In other news.... Mickey retired in March after 30 years with the Indiana State Police. He had 35 years total in law enforcement. To celebrate he and I took a trip to Jamaica! Since our return he has had plenty of jobs in the "job jar" to keep him busy, and he has taken a part-time job. We're happy to have him home more often. However, if I keep adding more jobs to the jar he might be out looking for a full-time job so he can get some rest!
Well, it has been nice "visiting"! I hope it isn't another year before I get around to another post. I'll try to do better.
Did I mention... only 10 more school days until we take our break??? Excited?? Yes.... we're counting down the days!!!
Have a Blessed Day!