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  • The “Class”

    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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April 30, 2012

I’m going to try to do kind of a before dinner quick post time so I don’t forget. And I’m just going to date the titles. I can’t keep track of all the numbers!

  • Read Usborne First Reader Book 8: Moon Zoom and reviewed word bank.
  • Read “A Chair for My Mother” as part of this week’s money unit I decided to do (not from Calvert Math). It is from Moonjar and talks about setting goals and budgets, etc. Starting a business. Today we reviewed coins and dollars and talked about wants vs. needs. Did a worksheet where we identified needs. I think this unit will last three or four days. We need some learning about money that goes beyond what coin is what.
  • Sylvan books: Naim did qu- sounds and -ck sounds. Also matching beginning and ending letters.
  • Sylvan: Aaron’s sight words were find, come, run (is run really a sight word?), see, and I forget. Did about four pages each in any case. Aaron also did ten spelling words.
  • Aaron finished the review for Unit 2 in HOP. Read review words, Read “Lucky for Me” and did video game.
  • Naim finished his unit 2 also in HOP. He read the review words, read “The Kit” and did the video game. We are now officially venturing into new territory with him and hope to finish the book. (about 1/3 left.) Each Unit will take longer with him, I think. I plan to do a day on the DVD and book, A day on the worksheets and read story from book again. And a day on the supplemental book and read some other corresponding phonics reader (Bob Books, etc.) I guess it is three days instead of two, and then we will see where we are.
  • Word Time was THROW CATCH
  • HWT was lowercase o.
  • Avery and I read a few books this morning while he was cribbing, but he is still recovering from illness today and has been sleeping all afternoon.

April Wrap-Up

We finished Ch. 4 in math. Next is geometry, which I like. Lots of good manipulatives there. The end of Ch. 4 took forever. It was subtraction, and they ended the chapter with word problems where you had to write your own equations. Some were addition and some were subtraction, and Naim just couldn’t tell the difference. We must have done a thousand examples. We did them using manipulatives, we did them on the white board, we did them making a chart (part, part, total) we did them in the book. It was somewhat excruciating. When he finally did the test, he missed 6, but I think it was mostly because we did it on the same day we did a lot of math already, and he fried his brain. We will revisit later. Aaron missed one on the test.

Aaron is working on sight words Sylvan book. Naim is cruising through the letter sounds sylvan book. I knew this would be the last letter name/sounds book that he does. He is 98% there. He is also almost caught up to where we left off in the HOP book (we went back to the beginning and did the whole thing again. And he is ready this time to move on. Chalk this up to stuff you can’t do in public school. He is slowly learning to read, and it would have been a nightmare had he been rushed through in public school. We have spent basically 4 years on letter name/sounds. And something tells me that we could have done it in one if I wouldn’t have even started until this year. But! hard to say, the four years may have helped. And the best part is, although he realizes that he is behind Aaron and some other kids, he doesn’t hate reading and he is not bothered by that fact. He does not think he is stupid.

Aaron is chugging through the Green HOP book and doing fine. We are three/fourths the way through volume one. He also reads so much more in real life now. He reads everything around him.

We started lower-case in handwriting finally. Now I understand where Magic C comes from.

We have also made a trip to the children’s museum. I will get some pics of that up. We turned in Avery’s paperwork at Goddard and I have decided to keep him in head start until June. ┬áHe does not start three days a week until June. His first day at Goddard with be this Friday. My dad will be here so I am planning to spend the day with him there and leave the big kids with my dad. Then Mon. I will see about leaving him alone there. I think it will be ok. Then big kids and I will start morning school next week, which is just going to be so much better all the way around.

We had church on Sunday but Avery got sick and projectile vomited all over his teacher. We got paged and took him out of class. By the time we got him cleaned up, the big kids had about ten minutes left so we just waited for them before we left instead of pulling them out. Then, I was crossing the street with him in the stroller and projectile vomit all over the street. Wow! At that point there was nothing to be done but take everyone home. So no field trip Downtown Sunday. Avery came home and literally slept from about 2:00pm until 10:00 this morning. We woke him up a few times to check to see if he was alive and check temp and change diapers and give a drink, but then he went right back to sleep. Today his temp is around 100 and he is playing and eating a little, so I think he is getting better. Kids really, really like that church and their class. It is amazing what a difference it is for all three of them. Avery’s teacher took the barfathon in stride.

We also did some yard clean up over the week end with everyone helping. The yard needs to be re-sodded, which will probably have to wait until next year. And I would also like to see about making a sidewalk of some kind of bricks or something from the gate to in front of the porch, cuz that gets awful there. And new porch furniture of course. And a new lawn mower that will bag the grass so it doesn’t die like this again. But that will be next years project. This year just trying to keep it under control. Neighbors had bubble machine out so all the kids went to play with them for a bit. And then D and his sister, Valerie, who is visiting from California, came over and we took them to the park, where they played with this slingshot helicopter thing. Valerie is the best at that. She is also the Champion of making baskets and kicking soccer balls, so I got told how much I suck as compared to Valerie. So be it, kids. Wanna go to California for a while?

Village Home was Village Home. All copacetic.