Thursday, September 11, 2014

School and Such

We have worked out our schedule for this year and it is going well!

From about 8:00 - 9:30 the girls work on the same subjects, but at different levels. We all sit at one table. Our schedule is basically:

Opening (Prayer, Bible verse, character memory, flag salute, calendar)




After all those subjects we take about a 20 minute break, but that depends on how much laundry I need to fold and put away!

After break we have together time. We work on character lessons, prayers and science.

We end our school day after doing FIAR, Four in a Row. It's really a five in a row program but Mia goes to school on Fridays. We read the same picture book four days in a row. On Monday we discuss it and locate the setting on the map. On Tuesday they make a picture. We try to use the same medium that the artist used in the book. On Wednesday they dictate to me what their pictures are about. On Thursday we do a project. This week we are making "ocean" water and then letting the water evaporate. They have learned evaporation, solution, and how to measure a liquid's height. They look forward to FIAR every day!

Mia's reading is coming along really well. I have never taught anyone to read. Even though I taught third grade for eight years, the kids could at least blend when they came to me. Teaching it from the beginning is really new and very rewarding! She loves to read! Once a month we go to the library and she reads to a dog. Seriously. It is so fun for her! Our libraries around here are AMAZING!

Anna is almost done learning all her sounds but I'm not sure she is ready to read yet. She is definitely not ready to write! She doesn't seem to have any directionality yet and I think she may even need to be tested. Hopefully, it will come soon!

We went to our local theater and saw Doktor Kaboom do a science show. Even though most of the talking was over their heads, they enjoyed the experiments!

Today I took Anna to her post-op appointment with the ENT and she had her regular speech therapy appointment. Both of them agree that she needs another surgery!!! It's called a pharyngeal flap. So I have to call the plastic surgeon and see if we can do it before the end of the year since we've already met our deductible.

Mia is really liking Friday school. I wouldn't say loving it. Not yet. She does love P.E.! And Anna now LOVES music class. It's so much better when wearing a fancy dress!

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