Thursday, September 20
Finding Our Groove...
I saw the light streaming into our playroom onto the Noah's Ark just right yesterday afternoon and ran for the camera to capture it. Except for this little scene, the room was in a shambles with dress-up clothes strewn everywhere, blocks and vehicles dumped out, and baskets upended. However, it was the first day since school has started that everyone was happily engaged in their activities. Button was entertaining himself (and not screaming!) and Sugar Plum and Little Man were working on homemade books (Sugar Plum's was one of our wedding and Little Man's was on Saint George). We were listening to My Name is Handel (Thanks, Ginny!!) and it was just a perfect moment.
Sugar Plum has a lot of stress over learning how to read (she is doing well, she just doesn't like it), and I think that we've finally found a solution that is working for us. We do our written work (Math, Phonics, Language Arts, etc.) in the morning and then Read-Alouds frequently throughout the day. Once dinner is done, we put on a television show for Little Man and Button and Sugar Plum and I retreat to the big bed and snuggle in for some reading practice. Separating the work that she finds easy and exciting from the difficulty of reading has done wonders for her willingness to learn and even her attitude towards me as her mother and teacher. I wish that I had thought of it sooner! Hopefully she'll develop some fluency soon and want to read.
I spent some time a few nights ago updating our lesson plans and thinking over some things that we want to tweak a little bit starting in October. Fortunately, it is nothing earth-shattering. I think that I will talk about some of those changes in another post soon. I am really thankful that this year has started off so well and that our little family is settling back into the groove of learning. It is also so nice to have Papa all to ourselves again!