Hezekiah, age 5
…to school, and I thought I'd give an update.
Sequential Spelling- love it, love the method, though it does seem a bit advanced for my younger crew (ages 5-8). I'm going slow down and work with them separately.
Story of the World- as always, a favorite for everyone.
Horizons Math- I both love and hate it. I love that it makes the children think…it focuses a lot on logic- but this is very difficult for my Liberian children, so I both love and hate that part. It seems advanced and challenging to me- having Enoch (3rd grade) doing basic algebra and Kalina (2nd grade) counting by nines. I love this, but get sick of the repetitiveness. I grade the books and my 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders are all doing the same thing at time. Huh? I'm not fond of the "lets just teach it a million times until they finally 'get it'" method. But I think this is true for most math books.
Easy Grammar has proven to be, well, easy. And painless. I'm loving the simplicity and Adalia, Judah and Tilly are making progress.
Marine Biology- we're loving it.
I am using Reading Pathways to teach Mordecai to read (my first deviation away from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons). Why? Because I anticipate more difficulty with him leaving the special symbols behind. I am also using Teach Your Child to Read, but as a supplement. He does well as long as we do it every day…and we don't usually do it every day.
Teaching Textbook- I love it and so do my children. As soon as Enoch finishes his third grade math books I'll start him on Teaching Textbooks 4. Hopefully the computer will keep his attention a bit more than his math books.
In general, well I'm still spending too much time with my older students and too little with my younger students. When I figure out the solution to this one, I'll let you know.
By the way, that photo up there? Hezekiah is working on a poster for the Historical Harvest Party we are attending Saturday. Each child picks a historical character, dresses in costume, and shares what he's learned. Any guesses about who he's going to be?