Friday, April 23, 2010

Week 28 Review

You would be hard pressed for an answer if asked whether or not we homeschool, wouldn't you? I mean, from the lack of posting on this here blog regarding our homeschooling journey you could surmise that we don't. Well, I am happy to inform you that while I have not posted on our homeschooling blog in quite some time, we are still plugging away each day with school.

A couple of updates for you since I have no clue when I last updated you all. Let's see here. We gave up with the Math curriculum I purchased. I did not like it at all. I chose Singapore Math but little did I know it didn't come with a teacher's guide. Each day I would be halfway through the lesson and realize I needed things in order to be able to finish the lesson. About half, if not more, of the lessons required a room full of students. Or at least a few more than one. It was hard trying to teach one child some of their concepts without the rest of the students. I decided to quit math for preschool and to try out Horizons Math for kindergarten next year. I am planning on giving her a test to see exactly where she is at for math. She might be higher than the kindergarten level too. Wanna know what makes me think so?

Apparently, the girl can read. Yup. We were driving to Walmart the other day and she read the sign "Walmart" out loud. (maybe she recognized the store?) Then she informed me that "Walmart has mart in it. Mart is sort of like smart."

Huh, WHAT? Where on earth did she learn this??? Okay. Here's the true test.

I asked her, "What do you have to do to make mart into smart?" She promptly replied, "You just put an S in front of it and then its smart."

Okay. When did my child learn how to read? I have never taught her. I went onto the Sonlight website and took the reading placement test. So, Chloe reads enough words that she can start with Readers 1. Wow! She read the words eggs, naps, lid, pet and mix. She refused to read any more for me, so I am unsure whether she can read them and won't, or if she can't read them at all. Interesting that she knew these words and I have never taught her to read. It makes me wonder with the math too. Maybe she is further along than I know her to be or give her credit for. Both the math and the handwriting that we picked for preschool were beneath her abilities that she got bored with them quickly.

So, week 28 has been completed and we will be working on weeks 29 and 30 next week. We doubled up a couple of weeks since we did miss quite a bit of school with our two blizzards and James return home from Afghanistan. My goal is to finish school by the end of May. We will take a month off for summer break and then start kindergarten in July. We will most likely be moving to England this fall and so I would like to get a head start on the school year before we move. That way, we can take time off of school during the move and not worry about getting behind.

We took a field trip today so I will post that next. Have a blessed day.


LadySnow said...

I have no idea about Horizon's but I do love using Math-U-See. And...way to go Chloe on the reading! She has probably picked up a lot of words from your time reading together. She is on her way!

Anna said...

Yes, we have always read a lot together. The weird thing is, she has been teaching herself phonics the past couple of weeks as well. I have not taught her anything like that and she now knows the phonetic sounds for most of the letters. Weird, huh?