Our theory for years now has been slow and steady wins the race.
With middle school on the horizon for one and the other already there ~ slow and steady needs an upgrade!
So...we are spending the rest of the year really concentrating on the basics.
- That means math two or three times a day!
- That means a new spelling program for Little Red Riding Hood ~ I am going back to using A Reason for Spelling.
- That means more time spent reading.
- That means several essays a week.
- That means a co-op class in math for Little Red Riding Hood (to encourage her to love what she is already good at) and a co-op class in writing for Tom Sawyer (to encourage competition and motivation to persevere).
- That means each child finishing about eight grammar, spelling, comprehension, and creative writing workbooks by the end of the year.
I know they are capable of the workload. I also know that our family is coming back from the brink of a full emotional breakdown ~ some of us fell all the way into the emotional breakdown. We are a family that is exhausted, distracted by some large real life problems, still very stressed, and unsure of what the future holds for our daughter (Goldilocks) and therefore for ourselves. So I am not going to turn into a slave driver. However, I am going to make sure that the above list is the priority. I have made plans for only one literature study this five week unit. History is being reviewed through books that Daddy reads to the kids at night and watching CNN Student News each day. Science is still being determined, but it will not be the physics course we have been doing. I hope to announce science next week.
This is what we did this week ~
- We did five chapters in Life of Fred Ice Cream.
- We read three chapters in our unit study From The Mixed -Up Files on Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
- We completed all of the Veritas Press worksheets that go with the chapters we read in our unit study.
- We are halfway through An Elephant in the Garden ~ A true story that takes place in Germany during World War II.
- Tom Sawyer did 13 Teaching Textbook math lessons this week and one quiz.
- Little Red Riding Hood did five Teaching Textbook math lessons.
- Many workbook pages were done in grammar and spelling.
- Tom Sawyer took five spelling tests with 100% accuracy.
- The kids completed a 150 word essay for their dance class on Fred Astaire.
- The kids completed their presentation on Madagascar ring-tailed lemurs for Culture Club.
- They will present their paper and artwork at Culture Club later today.
- We listened to CNN Student News every day.
- Little Red Riding Hood finished a chapter book, Sister 8 Jackie's Jokes.