What a week we have had! We only did four days this week and 3 of them were great. Only one not so great day.
Let's see . . . Little man's reading is really coming along! I am so proud of him and just love when he snuggles up next to me during reading time. Somedays he still wants to use the pictures to just guess at the words, but we are working on that! Math is still his favorite and he just about never complains when it is math time. I have been working with him so that he can do his Explode the Code fairly independently, and he can most days. Some pages that require a good bit of reading can overwhelm him and so I'll help him out with those.
What else . . . The two bigger boys seem to really be enjoying the Trail Guide to US Geography. Also, they are doing GREAT with cursive handwriting. I am really enjoying the Handwriting without Tears program. We used A Reason for Handwriting last year, and it was also really good, but I am really digging our handwriting selection for this year. Here is my one concern: Is this book supposed to last us one whole year? It may, but I just don't think that it will. I already copy some pages so that they get extra practice and we still seem to really be moving through the book. Anybody out there use HWT?
Science: Okay, I'll admit it. Science has been sporadic around here this week. I vow to be better about that next week!
History: This is one thing that has not been sporadic this week. We are talking about the Aztecs and my kids are loving it! We are reading through the book Incans, Aztecs, Mayans and although it can be a little graphic (think human sacrifices) my kids find it truly interesting. (Boys would - wouldn't they?!)
Since we spent a good deal of time talking about the Aztecs and the importance of the sun in their civilization, we did a little craft with the sun. The kids worked on theirs while I did our read aloud for the day.
The plan is to paint them one day during next weeks read aloud time. I have found that my kids do better if I give them something to do while I read aloud because some days the read aloud can be pretty long. I was worried about comprehension at first, but it doesn't seem to be a problem at all!
I hope that you have all had a great week! I am headed out of town to visit with some fantastic friends, celebrate Labor Day, and more importantly watch some ALABAMA FOOTBALL! ROLL TIDE ROLL!