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Friday, August 8, 2008

getting started with homeschooling

I haven't decided when our fist "official" day of school will be. Finances are not allowing me to order the curricula I want for math & Spanish yet: Right Start Math and La Clase Divertida. I've been working with Ava on her sight words and she's doing quite well. I'm following the curriculum from letteroftheweek.com. We haven't been doing it every day or for more than 15 minutes at a time. We tried starfall.com and she did very well! I don't think she got that she was actually reading words yet. I told her it was a game, but apparently she didn't find it very much fun, since she only did it for about 5 minutes. We will try again another time. I want our sessions to be fun & interesting to make it easier on both of us. She is only 4, so I will not be pushing...too hard. We call Shelby our little echo, and true to form, she repeated everything her sister said. During sight words, I use the words in a sentence: is as in Ava is a pretty girl. Shelby: "Ava is a pretty girl." Shelby is pretty smart, and I suspect she'll be picking up a lot just from sitting in on her sister's lessons. She already knows most of the letters, so my goal for her is to learn their sounds.

2 comments:

bishopfamily said...

The wonderful thing about homeschooling is: It doesn't matter if you don't have all of your chosen curricula on the first day! :P We are still waiting on a few of the girls books to come in. :) We just do what we already have and supplement where I can while we wait. :)

Sounds like you all are doing great!

Kate in NJ said...

Sounds great, and I love your focus
on keeping it fun...I wish more people would do that. ;-)
Thanks for stopping by my blog today,
it's always nice to have a "visit".