We hit the phonics, spelling and reading this week.
I had the boys read aloud to me. We haven’t done this nearly as often as we should be. I forced them to each pick out a chapter book, and read.
This may not sound like a big deal but to be honest… well, you know how libraries have summer reading programs, and everyone knows reading should be pushed in the summer, and all that? Well, to be perfectly frank with you, my kids didn’t read this summer.
Not a single book.
Okay, Lego Magazine came and they did both read that, but does that really count? I don’t think so.
I was actually surprised that D2 jumped in and read. His reading has definitely improved, which is really weird considering he hasn’t actually read anything in 6 weeks. I am determined to get him past phonics this year. He is the only one of our kids who has ever struggled with reading, and I am hoping to get him through it this year.
Friday we hit the spelling review—HARD.
I gave the boys spelling diagnostic tests, and then we started reviewing our WISE Guide spelling lists, beginning with List A. I plan to go all the way through reviewing up to where they each were at the end of last year.
We also went through our math flashcards, reviewing Addition and most of the Subtraction cards we have.
I plan to take most of next week too and just focus on reviewing math, phonics and spelling with them. We may or may not begin history and science next week.
Today I also made another trip up to our local homeschool consignment shop.
Life of Fred didn’t work out so well with J, and thankfully I had purchased it new and was able to return it. I got her a subscription to ALEKS Math instead, and that is working out VERY well. She likes it too, which is a nice bonus. While I was at the Bookshop, I picked up a couple old favorites: Shurley Grammar (white cover!) Level 4, and Science in the Creation Week. I can’t tell you HOW MANY memories I have of using this little science book with my kids when we first began homeschooling. We used it our first year and had so much fun with it. Now I get to re-do it with my boys! 😀 I also picked up Biology for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave, which I have heard great things about, and it is loaded with experiments to keep my sons *VERY* happy.
All in all, I think it was a decent first week back! I look forward to picking up at least another subject (maybe two!) next week. I want to work into a nice easy pace, so I am not hitting it all full force right away.
How did your homeschool week go?
If you’re looking for more resources on teaching reading and phonics, be sure to check out Hooked on Phonics’ risk-free trial for $14.95! Also, I reviewed Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri which may be helpful for you just getting started.