It’s been the usual busy week. On Tuesday with another family we began the pirate ship which will be a rather large lapbook type thing with information in the portholes, the sea and sails. While the slightly bigger kids were painting I stripped Heleyna and put her in the high chair with her own bit of paint and paper. She proceeded to happily paint herself. Well, at least she wasn’t adding her own little wreckovation to the pirate ship.
Next week we will look at famous pirates and their flags and add that to the ship.
Both Ronan and Avila are reading most days and Ronan has been helping Avila learn her phonics. I gave them a number chain game to play together so Ronan could help Avila with her number recognition as well.
We’ve reached a point where he is really bringing his sister on. Although he moans about reading, I’ve found he is more willing to do it if he is reading to Heleyna and as she is always up for a story that is working well. It helps that the ORT Stage 5 happen to have a story about pirates as well.
I’ve noticed that Heleyna will bring Ronan books to read to her and he will sit and do this as relaxed reading. Even Avila will have a go with a couple of the books she knows by heart.
Maths is more of a struggle. I have decided I need to buy in a curriculum as I think I need a structured approach and preferably someone to teach it for me!
I have been looking at Math U See which for me has the massive advantage of a DVD so someone else IS teaching it.
There are other programmes out there such as Singapore Math and I am sure others.
The children do like the Math U See worksheets available on the website and the free video is excellent-but we’ll have to see.
What programmes do any of you use or recommend?
LATIN is going well. I visited Mr Linney’s Site in search of his new Spanish programme which is nearly ready and found THIS EXCELLENT LATIN QUIZ based on the Linney Latin lessons linked from his blog. Ronan took the Quiz for lessons 1-10 and got 100%!!!! And there I was thinking he wasn’t really taking it in!
I’ve found a very good Catechism which makes life a bit easier. I am not that taken by the illustrations. I think they are a bit odd-new agey, but the children like the site and for older kids and adults there are wonderful videos of Cardinal Arinze.
Playtime I have tried these last couple of weeks to increase the time Ronan has as play and free time. I noticed he was getting a bit over timetabled, to the point where he kept asking me “What do I do now?” I think it is important that he can learn how to use his own time effectively so I have made him have more free time. LOL! Anyway it has worked well. He has been able to take up good activities without being told “try this” and I am sure this is helping him with some independence.