Yesterday we got back to business (after getting our hair done) after having this nasty vomiting bug going around!
Lady P was ready to work! She did some Maths at the board so she could stand instead of sit. I began to notice her struggle with counting backwards while doing subtraction. So I decided to get her to jump backwards as many jumps as she needed to subtract. So 12-4 meant she jumped back 4 while counting from 12. I realised this took quite a bit of coordination; however, she enjoyed this activity and kept asking for more subtraction problems. Her brain moves at a mile-a-minute so this helped her to focus! All the movement really aided her understanding!
I also have come to realise that when I teach her something new, it seems to take a few days to sink in and suddenly, she can do it! Patience and perseverance are the basis of teaching! I find that difficult when it’s your own child!
We also started our work on Little Red Riding Hood. We read one version then started writing a brief storyboard. I have researched ADHD a lot and one thing that stands out is that they have wonderful ideas but their hands can’t write as fast as their minds move so they forget what they want to write. So I get Lady P to tell me what she wants to write, then I remember it for her so she can focus on writing instead of remembering. This has taken the stress out of writing for now. I am researching programmes for the iPad which will type what she dictates as she loves telling stories!
Today we did some school in the morning…
A rhyming puzzle and our daily learning journal…
Then we headed to the play place for a play with other friends who homeschool.
After, we headed to the shop to get Lady P’s much desired gymnastic’s leotard…
We finished up at our best friend’s house for lunch and a play.
We came home and the kids went down for a nap while Lady P finished her learning journal, did some maths, did some imaginative play and read her book!
The first week I’m self-employed and home with my children has been incredibly busy but so worth it! The kids have thrived and been really interested in learning! I sent Cheeky Girl to nursery Monday and Tuesday but she wanted to stay home today. I think she’s torn between going to nursery and being home! She enjoys nursery but hates being the only one gone!
Well I kept her home and she was wonderful! I made sure I spent some 1-to-1 time with her and she wasn’t as challenging as she normally is! Three year olds are tough little dictators!
So here is our week so far in pictures!
At the play place.
Building her bead stair then practicing her teen numbers.
Studying her sight words, learning about Henri Matisse and doing her own paper cut-out picture.
Doing some extension work for the pink tower and brown stair, practicing numbers and counting by putting together a puzzle.
Learning about Abigail and David in the Bible, practicing matching numbers to items and doing addition and subtraction problems.
I discovered little Man is addicted to puzzles! He wants to take the pieces out and attempts to put them back.
All this plus swimming, gymnastics, park visits, and seeing friends! It’s been a good first official week!
I have been searching for beginner readers that are REAL beginner readers. What do I mean? Well, the Oxford Reading Tree books that are used by most schools are good but I find that Lady P is still not getting it because they make things too complicated and colourful.
‘But I thought colour was good!’ You may say! And you are right,for most kids! But Lady P is very easily distracted…by everything!!! Including pictures that have loads going on!
I once read somewhere, by another homeschooling mum, that she had to switch reading programmes for each of her children because they all had a different way of learning. Lady P is a very active child and struggles to focus for any amount of time. I finally found a programme that works for her. Besides doing the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons programme (which she enjoys), we are reading the BOB books every night before bed.
I bought Set 1, which go through the alphabet in a step by step fashion, starting with 3 consonants and a vowel and adding letters in each book. Set 1 starts with simple CVC words and only 5 sight words. The pictures are mostly in black and white with 1 colour added, making them simple and non-distracting. Lady P was so excited when she read her first story all by herself! What a confidence builder!
I recommend these books for children who are struggling to put the pieces together. For instance, lady P knew her letter sounds, knew what words started with but couldn’t quite put it together to read whole words. Once she gains some fluency, I’ll let her try the Oxford Reading Tree books again.
I may even purchase the pre reading books for Cheeky Girl to start on.