"The end of learning is to repair the ruin of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge, to love Him, to imitate Him, to be like Him." - John Milton, Puritan Poet

Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up


Well, this week was not so good.  I had a bad week, mentally, physically, and spiritually, so school work was on the back burner for me.  So, because of that, not much progress was made with the other subjects like I wanted.  Meaning, science and history plans.  

Other than that, my son finished his 2nd spelling list with flying colors!!  Hip, Hip, Hooray!!!  And his math was pretty simple so he was able to do it with no problems.  He did rather well on the quiz, as well.  His grammar, which we are loving, went well, too.  

So, nothing but mundane stuff, just not any head way on the other subjects...YET.

What a boring post...Sorry! 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Our Weekly Wrap-Up


This week's wrap-up begins with a hearty "Hooray!"  After working really hard and long, supported by many prayers, I finally was able to come up with a year's worth of spelling lists and activities.  This has been a big stumper for me for so long.  My son struggles with spelling, among other things, so last year we just simply gave up on it.  I had the Natural Speller book last year but couldn't wrap my head around in order to make up our own lists.  Why?  I really don't know.  Its pretty simple to do, but for some reason, I just couldn't do it.  But after praying for guidance and wisdom, I felt as if the Lord told me that I was making it more difficult than it had to be.  "Just do it," He said.  So I did!  I don't know why I was struggling so much before.  But now, thankfully, I with the Lord's help, I did it.  And it wasn't that hard to do!! 

So, this week he had his first weekly spelling list and activities.  He has always misspelled double consonant words, like bubble or bitter, and would spell them as buble or biter.  So, guess what this week's list was... That's right, double consonants!!  So, after everyday of activities and narrating the spelling rule, by the end of the week he mastered the list.  Now we must see if he remembers it this coming week.  I will definitely have to quiz him again and again to make sure he really has them memorized.  We'll see.

Along with the spelling hooray, we also have one for math.  Thursday he had a quiz on his math and actually got every problem correct!!!!!  That is a big deal with him, since math has always been a struggle, as well.

Grammar wasn't so hot, though.  I am loving this Easy Grammar and so is he, BUT he didn't do so well.  LOTS of mistakes!  Not paying attention is the problem.  Maybe next week will be better.

As you can see, we have not even started any science or history.  Since we were so late in getting started, we just began the year with math and grammar.  I'm still working on science and history plans.  I plan to start those really soon.  Like I said, I have to get my head wrapped around them.

Just something to mention... With my platypus who has always struggled with things, I never really would give him quizzes.  I always knew what he mastered and what he didn't.  So what was the point?  Well, this year is different.  To help get him out of his rut, with his bad attitudes about school and the work, I am requiring quizzes and grades.  I told him that EVERYTHING will be graded, and whatever grade he gets is what he earns!!  If he wants a good grade, then he has to earn that grade.  And if he gets a bad grade, then he earned that, too.  These are not number grades, but the letter grades based on attitudes and if he mastered it or not.  I read about this in the TOS magazine and I thought it would be a great motivator!!!  So far, it has worked. :)

Hopefully next week I will be able to tell about science and history!  Until then...Happy Homeschooling! 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Reasons Why #3

My platypus is #3.  If we weren't homeschooling, I don't know how he would make it in a classroom setting.  Not that he's disabled or anything, because he doesn't have ADHD or anything like that.  But he tends to struggle with things.  What do I mean by that?  Well, some of the simple things, like understanding directions gives him problems.  I have to sit with him a lot of times to make sure he is really understanding what the directions are telling him to do.  Testing is completely out of the question!  Thankfully we live in a state that doesn't require hs kids to be tested.   If he had to do a test without any help with the directions, it would appear as if he didn't know very much.  But that is definitely not the case.  He is very intelligent, but he just doesn't learn like all of the cookie cutter kids of public education.  This is a pic from a couple of years ago, during the times of major struggles.  Today, I am proud to say that he has come a long way and has improved tremendously.  I still have to work with him some, but I can now assign things that he can do without my full involvement.  It has been very challenging, but if it weren't for homeschooling him, I don't know where he would be today.