Also as a bonus we had a water boil advisory just recently … and I found out it was due to e-coli … I discovered that my berkey filters e-coli 99.9999 % so I wasn’t freaking out too much when I learned about the boil advisory a day into it.
Honestly, I haven’t really put much effort or thought into this … I have let this kind of happen on it’s own.
I had started trying to do spelling drills with my oldest a few years back ; where I would ask my oldest to spell out a word on our chalk board , but this only worked out for a few days as he quickly said he disliked it .
I have a great board with letters on it and they sometimes like to play with them and make words.
I have found the best way is just through play. We borrow games from the library that help to teach to spelling; like boggle and scrabble. And they sound out words with the letters and sometimes they get them wrong but most of the time they get them right.
Another advantage of homeschooling today as opposed to decades ago is technology. There are many apps that can help. My son likes playing one called word scramble; where he has to find all the words with the letters in the circle.
I also feel that many apps even if not spelling related directly help to show spelling indirectly.
I feel that spelling is easier just learnt through life rather then as a subject itself; also my feeling is not to push a child to learn to spell. I vividly recall being forced to learn to spell and the anxiety it gave me. I think each child learns different things at a different pace and personally I see how my boys are very different here. My 9 year old loves writing and spelling; whereas my 11 year old not so much yet. But he is starting to show interest and is getting there slowly , whereas he is an amazing reader and reads faster and better then I do, so I am really not concerned 🙂
One of the most asked questions I get about homeschooling is “What do you use for math”?
Well to start off with … I try to make learning to count fun and we don’t use a book, but objects. Anything from toys, to food, even when are about and about we use the world around us. I try to do this also with learning to add and subtract.
Then we chose to go with the Math Mammoth program and I bought the complete set and my oldest has completed all of it and it went very well. My oldest literally flew through it, averaging 2 grades a year.
So I can tell you that math mammoth is a great program that really worked well for us and I really like the way Maria designed it; UP to grade 7. Then I found my son struggled as she stopped giving the explanation at that point … I have wished many times that she would extend her program to cover all of high school.
As her grades 1-6 are really well designed and she gives a great explanation on each topic; the few times my son needed a little extra help we googled a few sites and videos to get a better grasp of the concept.
Now that he has finished all math mammoth levels, he has started Teaching Textbooks (pre algebra), So far he loves it and finds it very fun and interactive (as we bought the CD version of the program ) but he has also said that he is finding it somewhat boring as it is covering a lot of stuff he has already done. But I am certain it will soon start to get more interesting as he will start to cover new topics. I think becuase Math Mammoth covered pre algebra a little, he is excited to move on to more challenging material.
I keep meaning to post so many things and have so many posts started; yet I never seem to get around to finishing them.
Some of it is time constraints and some of it is not feeling up to it; since loosing Bianca this summer I was not feeling up to posting any blog posts.
But I am back now … and I hope to get on top of it 🙂
This blog may be taking a different turn though as life happens and changes.
We have been away in Italy again and I have lots to share about our travels.
We are still homeschooling 🙂
We also have a dog with us temporarily… she is a sweet black labrador retriever … and she is with us to be socialized with the hope that when she grows up she will be a guide dog for someone. Her name is Jazz and although the first few months with us here were quite difficult; as she was very nippy; she has now started to mellow out and is really sweet to have around.
So off we go with a new blog adventure… I hope you will join me 🙂