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These monthly posts begin as a recap of our month and end up being my general lessons plans for the coming month.
There were big change in our home with month with the arrival of baby M, as she’ll be referred to here. Although, Night Owl and Trouble Maker (with regards to nursing) would be a much more appropriate names! Mommy isn’t getting much sleep and with all the visitors school has been on the back burner a bit this month. We focus solely on the 3 Rs and read the bible before bed.
L up to Lesson 46 in The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading,
She has been doing a 2 sided worksheet in A BEKA - Letters and Sounds K daily, which has placed her at Lesson 130 presently. At this pace, she’ll most likely complete the book by October/November. I think she could use extra practice; therefore, moving along to the 1st grade material isn’t an option that I want to pursue for her. I’m thinking about the Explode the Code series as an option. Have any of you used it?
Many of the worksheets require L to mark the vowels. We have come up with a few catch phrases that may be helpful to you, as they are helpful to L.
When the vowel is by itself (with no other vowels) it get a breve.
Regarding silent Es and vowel pairs…straight line to cross it (silent vowel) out, straight line macron (for the other vowel.)
She is playing the Pink Series of the Montessori Reading Material ‘games’ daily.
L also received these Playful Pals Readers for her birthday and has really enjoyed reading them to me. The are stretching for her, but in a perfect way. She’s getting exposure to some additional sight words and letter blends and is picking them up. I’m really proud of her and am excited by her desire to read independently. They have some recommended comprehension questions at the end of each book. Since I’ve been asking her the questions, it seems that her comprehension is increasing in the things she reads in general.
Her fluency has improved slightly as well. She is doing better with –s at the end of words and reading CVCC. CCVC, and CCVCC words.
She still struggles with confusing b and d, but it happens much less frequently than before. She just learned how to write the letters this month, so I’m hoping the different formation of the letters with finally clear up this issue for her.
L had worked on activities outlined in Basic Montessori: Learning Activities For Under-Fives.
She worked with the hundred board as well. She was able to put 1-30 on the board easily, but got confused with I gave her 31-40. Hopefully, when we work on the Tens: Association in the coming month, this will become easier for her.
She is still working through Lessons II – VI of Ray's New Primary Arithmetic (Ray's Arithmetic).
She continues to use the Desktop Abacus. My main goal in using this is to help her be able to visually see and determine quantity without needing to count and also as a tool for addition. I usually ask her to make 1 through 10 in order. Then, I make some numbers and ask her to read them to me. Finally, I’ll ask her to make numbers in random order.
We have begun to use Saxon 1 more regularly. She made it through lesson 13. I really like the graphing practice, and it has focused on more/fewer concept which is not L’s strong suit. She is doing great with ordinal numbers now!
L’s also utilizing some of the CC Math Skip Counting videos. She works with 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s at the moment.
We used A BEKA - Writing with Phonics K5 Manuscript as our sole handwriting resource this month. It does not teach the continuous stroke way of writing, but I’m making adjustments to the starting points of letters and directions as necessary. WE are using the letter stories that go along with PAL. She already knows the letter sounds, but the stories are helpful for remembering how to form the letters.
We’ve occasionally been using Kumon Alphabet Games for some fun.
Since her birthday was last month, she had the opportunity to work on copy work for the first time in the form of Thank You Notes.
That wraps up what we got to this month!