… also known as “October, November, and December in Review” or “Clearly I’m a horrible blogger so this is how our school year is going”.
I am so, so pleased with how David is progressing. So pleased.
His Reading has progressed by leaps and bounds the last couple of months. We’ve finished up through lesson 96 of OPGTR. For right now the “formal” lessons are largely review because ever since he started reading “real” books consistently around the end of September I find myself giving on-the-spot reading lessons as he stumbles across words/phonetic rules that he’s unfamiliar with. He’s comfortably reading Dr. Seuss (Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, The Cat in a Hat etc), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Little Red Hen, and the like. According to Scholastic these books vary in reading level from 1.4 to 2.6. He has also taken over our nightly reading from the “scripture stories“.
We have also recently discovered a love for listening to audio books in the car while we’re running errands. So far we’ve listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and The Magician’s Nephew. We’re currently listening to E.B White reading Charlotte’s Web and have a selection of Roald Dahl’s works ready to go after that.
In Math we have finished Singapore Essentials B, officially marking the end of “kindergarten” math. Since the beginning of December we’ve been using Math Mammoth 1A, which is going very well. David loves the layout and how concise the directions are. It thrills him to no end that if I step away to help Daniel or Alan with something that he can continue working on his own and read the explanations/directions.
David continues to love Handwriting. We finished up HWOT K about Thanksgiving and are now working our way through HWOT 1. David writes so much on his own that this truly falls into busy work but he loves it, happily completing it while complaining “Stop telling me, mama. I know how to write an [insert letter here]!”
Looking ahead: we’ll be starting All About Spelling level 1 after Christmas break. I’m also starting to formulate more clearly my plans/ideas for next year (separate post forthcoming). The hope is to have the bulk of things ordered before baby #4 makes his or her appearance late March.