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    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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Avery’s “Ones” Early Preschool Wrap-Up

Age 1, Early Preschool

Avery, Ones and Twos Year

Highlights:

  • Avery has come so far from last year when we were freaked out about him having autism or being somewhere on the spectrum. Our efforts have been put forth to try just what works. Since last year, he started EI, private speech pathology, Goddard and various other things. Results aside, the effort that Nik and I (and others) have put in with this kid to find ways to help him have been…BIG.
  • And who can say exactly what it is that matters the most, or a bit of everything. But he went from being a noncommunicative child with almost no language skills whatsoever to being a happy, personable child that has several words and ways to communicate in his repertoire. Lets see what I can list:
  • Words (speech): here go, car, bye bye, hi, mama, water (wa wa), cracker, no, yeah, go
  • Signs: car, ball, bye, book, bus, more, train, tree, grass, bear, water, cracker, cereal, wash hands, all done, dog, helicopter, airplane, yes, go, down, apple, fish, frog
  • Receptive-wise, he understands and can follow one-step directions. He understands most things that we direct at him if done in simple sentences.
  • Motor skills-wise, I would say he is developmentally typical. He can run, bounce, kick a ball, throw a ball, go up steps alternating feet, go down steps one at a time. He still does not jump. He can hold a crayon, a fork or spoon, etc. He can feed himself with a spoon and stab things with a fork. He can get through locks on interior doors, child-proof door knobs, etc.
  • He still uses a diaper but we talk a lot about pottying and I have put the kids and Nik on alert to take him with them when they pee. We are working on pulling up pants, Goddard is working on having him sit on the toilet at diaper changes.
  • He likes cars, Thomas trains, balls, taking walks, playing outside.

Classes:

  • VH-Little Villagers (Fall)
  • Early Intervention-Speech/Language Pathology
  • Private Speech/Language Pathology (Kathy Kahoma)
  • Early Head Start
  • Library Toddler Storytime
  • Goddard School: Get Set Program (Summer)
  • UU Nursery Religious Education (Winter, Spring)
Curriculum
  • Signing Time
  • Montessori Early Childhood-Ones
Fieldtrips:

First Grade Wrap-Up: Aaron

Aaron

Age 6, First Grade

Aaron, 1st Grade Year

Highlights:

  • Aaron is essentially a reader. He can read almost any children’s book you give him, stumbling on a word here and there. He has turned from basically where Naim is now (Cat in a hat kind of stuff) to being able to read almost anything. He needs to improve speed and vocabulary, of course, but he basically turned literate this year.
  • I give Amy and math playground an awful lot of credit for his math skills. He does fine in our math, but he advanced a lot into different areas with her. He can skip count 2, 5, 10, 100, etc. He understands place value. He understands all four operations and has a basic working memory of addition facts. He understands basic fractions and data graphing, etc.
  • His handwriting continues to be highly legible and neat. He has very few letter reversals.
  • His science knowledge is probably in the junior highish level. He is incredibly motivated and interested in science. I give Dwight a lot of credit here. He has almost been entirely unschooled in science and it is his best subject out of pretty much doing well in every area (except PE).
  • His drawing and constructing skills continue to improve and it is a highly motivating area for him. He is constantly building more elaborate things. He can follow instructions and build his own projects with very little help. He is good with color and perspective in art.
  • He still does not enjoy physical activity. He does not run much and is not interested in sports. But I have seen improvements in coordination and endurance.
  • He is still a highly enthusiastic free-spirit. His enthusiasm for life and his ability to live in the moment is infectious. It does get him in trouble when he sometimes can’t see beyond set backs and gets overly emotional about them. But he is still a kid that you just have to throw out there and he will love to learn about anything he finds.
  • He is not a joiner, still, but he has improved at being able to participate in group classes. Most notably at Village Home. He is comfortable there, but still struggles sometimes in one-off camps and classes.
  • He is a very social kid who instantly finds friends wherever he goes.
Data Summaries for First Grade:
So, yeah, I’m just copying this from what I did with Naim since it is so similar. I suspect I will not be able to do this for very much longer. These are rough since September did not get blogged and when Nik started his job, it took me a few weeks to recoup and keep records.
Number of Days Spent in Homeschool Activities:
Home Instruction: 94
Camps and Classes: 108
Fieldtrips and Activities: 48
Total: 215

Classes:

Curriculum:

  • HOP-Kindergarten Level 2
  • HOP-First Grade Level 1
  • Calvert Math Kindergarten
  • Calvert Math First Grade
  • Calvert Kindergarten-Reading (Fall)
  • Sylvan K: Word Games, Sight Words
  • Word Time
  • Handwriting Without Tears Letters and Numbers for Me
Books and Media:
  • Usborne Phonics Readers
  • Bob Books Box 2: Advanced Beginners
  • Usborne Very First Readers
  • PBS Kids: Fetch
  • Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
  • Passports Program
  • Magic Schoolbus Young Scientists Club
  • BrainPop
  • Magic Schoolbus Adventures App (iPad)
  • Mythbusters (lots and lots)
  • How Its Made (lots)
Fieldtrips:
  1. PCM: Lego Castle
  2. Jackson Bottom Wetlands: Bucket Biology
  3. Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
  4. Playdate PDX
  5. Pumpkin Farm
  6. Mt. Saint Helens
  7. Children’s Museum Halloween Party
  8. Stubb Stewart State Park
  9. UUCCWC Circle Supper
  10. Outdoors In (Multiple times)
  11. Turkey Trot
  12. Zoo Lights
  13. Great Wolf Lodge
  14. NWCT Willy Wonka
  15. Pump It Up, Jr.
  16. Glowing Greens Miniature Golf
  17. OCT Magic Schoolbus
  18. World Forestry Center
  19. OMSI
  20. Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
  21. Great Wolf Lodge (Again)
  22. NWCT Busytown
  23. Washington County Easter Egg Hunt
  24. Portland Children’s Museum
  25. Out of This World
  26. Glowing Greens
  27. Tualatin Hills Nature Park/Interpretive Center
  28. Rose Festival
  29. Portland Children’s Museum (Art Day)
  30. Goddard Party (BJ the Clown)
  31. The Outpost/Superhero Camp
  32. OHEN Convention
  33. Hillsboro Fourth of July Parade
  34. (w/Susannah) The OutPost, Out of this World, Cats and Dogs Revenge (Movie), Sleepover
  35. The Outpost/Goddard Ice Cream Social and Puppet Show
  36. Celebrate Hillsboro Days/Saturday Market
  37. Portland Children’s Museum and John Ellingson Storytime
  38. Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind Family Camp
  39. The OutPost/Presto the Magician
  40. The OutPost/Mad Science
  41. Library/Reptile Man
  42. OutPost (Farm Equipment)/Library (Summer Reading Program)
  43. Outdoors In/Fountain
  44. BugFest

First Grade Wrap Up–Naim

Naim

Age 6, First Grade

Naim, 1st Grade Year

Highlights:

  • Naim went from not yet being able to recognize all the letters in the alphabet to being able to read simple books. HUGE improvement in reading.
  • Naim continues to struggle with handwriting but can more easily remember what the letter shapes are. He still does a lot of reversals.
  • Naim has learned a lot of math on his own in general contexts of his life. He does well in homeschool math and understands the concepts of operations. He has some of the more simple math facts memorized (doubles, plus one, plus 0, etc.) He can skip count by 2, 10, 100. He understands basic fractions and data.
  • He understands many concepts in science, especially astronomy.
  • He performed in two plays, sang in a church service, and performed several mini-performances in drama.
  • He is mature and helpful, pitching in without being asked. He has a keen understanding of others emotions and has a lot of empathy and acts appropriately upon the concepts of empathy.
  • He is organized and curious. His interests include soccer, acting, board and card games, bionicles and legos.
Data Summaries for First Grade:
These are rough since September did not get blogged and when Nik started his job, it took me a few weeks to recoup and keep records.
Number of Days Spent in Homeschool Activities:
Home Instruction: 94
Camps and Classes: 108
Fieldtrips and Activities: 48
Total: 215

Classes:

Curriculum:
  • HOP-Kindergarten Level 1
  • Sylvan K: Letter Activities, Word Games
  • Calvert Math Kindergarten; First Grade
  • Calvert Discoveries in Early Reading
  • Word Time, Sentence School
  • Handwriting Without Tears: Letters and Numbers for Me
  • Usborne Phonics Readers
  • Usborne Very First Readers
  • Bob Books: Box 1 Beginners
  • Calvert K Readers
  • Usborne’s Encyclopedia of World History
  • Passports Program
  • Magic Schoolbus Young Scientists Club
  • BrainPop
  • PBS Kids
  • HWT Handwriting App (iPad)
  • Magic Schoolbus Adventure Apps (iPad)
Fieldtrips:
  1. PCM: Lego Castle
  2. Jackson Bottom Wetlands: Bucket Biology
  3. Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
  4. Playdate PDX
  5. Pumpkin Farm
  6. Mt. Saint Helens
  7. Children’s Museum Halloween Party
  8. Stubb Stewart State Park
  9. UUCCWC Circle Supper
  10. Sky High Trampoline Center
  11. Outdoors In (multiple times)
  12. Turkey Trot
  13. Zoo Lights
  14. Great Wolf Lodge
  15. NWCT Willy Wonka
  16. Pump It Up, Jr.
  17. Glowing Greens Miniature Golf
  18. OCT Magic Schoolbus
  19. World Forestry Center
  20. OMSI
  21. Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
  22. Great Wolf Lodge (Again)
  23. OMSI (Solo Trip, Dinosaur Imax, Lego artists) 
  24. NWCT Busytown
  25. Washington County Easter Egg Hunt
  26. Portland Children’s Museum
  27. Out of This World
  28. Glowing Greens
  29. Tualatin Hills Nature Park/Interpretive Center
  30. Rose Festival
  31. Portland Children’s Museum (Art Day)
  32. Goddard Party (BJ the Clown)
  33. The Outpost/Superhero Camp
  34. OHEN Convention
  35. Hillsboro Fourth of July Parade
  36. (w/Susannah) Sleepover, the OutPost
  37. The Outpost/Goddard Ice Cream Social and Puppet Show
  38. Celebrate Hillsboro Days/Saturday Market
  39. Portland Children’s Museum and John Ellingson Storytime
  40. Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind Family Camp
  41. The OutPost/Presto the Magician
  42. The OutPost/Mad Science
  43. Reptile Man/Library
  44. OutPost (Farm Equipment)/Library (Summer Reading Program)
  45. Outdoors In/Fountain
  46. BugFest
  47. Portland Children’s Museum (2 days)
  48. World Forestry Center