This week and next our friend Diego will be hanging out with us! The girls have enjoyed having him with us and he very quickly fell into our school day routine. I didn't know what to expect having someone new join us and I was so proud of how both the girls and Diego worked well throughout the week during our school time.
Preschool: Patiently Awaiting the Next HOD Guide!
This week Grace finished lesson 100 in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons! I'm so proud of my girl, and it pleases my greatly to be able to say I've successfully taught all three of my girls to read. This one area is what scared me most about homeschooling, but I've been teaching reading now since 2009. We will be moving on to the Abeka K5 and 1st readers to reinforce and continue her phonics instruction, adding in All About Spelling in the fall.
She has been spending some time with Reading Kingdom as well. It is not my favorite way to learn reading, but if you are looking for a computer-based reading instruction option this is one to check into. It is used by many schools, reading specialists, and homeschools. They also provide a 30 day trial so you can see if it is something you like. You can read my full review here.
I've also found out Rose really likes to diagram sentences. This may sound surprising, but she does! She's learned now to diagram the subject, predicate, adjective, articles, and conjunctions. I certainly didn't learn all this in 3rd grade and I'm excited to help her discover it all!
Diego missed a lot of school for the first six months because of his chemo treatments and we've continued his studies at our house during the break. One area he is really focusing on is handwriting. I was so proud of how hard he worked this week to be consistent with his letter sizes.