Friday, March 27, 2015
Wow, week 10 already! It seems like we just started back up with school. Half those weeks were pretty hectic with lots of 3 day weeks. I wonder if that’s what happens when start our homeschool back during the winter time. Thankfully its been good though.
I still need to get pictures of the kids though. Way late on that one. I’m still trying to fit it all in. I have been slacking with teaching All About Reading. I do hope to get back to that soon.
As for this week Lance is doing so much better now that we started using ACE PACEs. I can’t believe I am having him use ACE for almost all his subjects. I admit I miss Heart of Dakota: Preparing. I absolutely love the way Carrie put everything together but it’s just hard when I have struggling readers.
This week I added three more PACEs to Lance’s school: Bible, English, and Word Building. He only did a few lessons with the new subjects. I also added a math book that I purchased last year for him: Mathematical Reasoning from the Critical Thinking Co. I love how the series adds a variety of math skills in a fun way and they are so colorful.
This week he is studying the book of Mathew (Mathew 1:16-23). I sat with him through the reading but he completed the fill in the blank questions on his own. In a few weeks we may put this on hold to complete Firmly Planted: The Books of Moses 2.
For math this week, Lance has been completing a page or two a day of Mathematical Reasoning and CTC Math.
Lance keeps wanting to skip ahead to multiplication but he still needs practice with 3 and 4 digit subtraction. Next week I’ll have him continue with 3 and 4 digit subtraction. He also uses CTC Math’s Speed Skills. In a few weeks Lance will help out with a review item that I’m pretty excited about from A+ called Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plans.
In science Lance has been reading about the moon, sun, and stars. I love to see how he connects the dots. For instance one day we were sitting and he was reading about the moon. When we were done he said, “Mom, I remember hearing about that listening to the Story of the World. They said, the eagle has landed!” He made Lupe and I laugh so hard. He started crying because he thought we were making fun of him. It’s just that he’s so cute with his expressions, body language, and his seriousness.
I explained that we weren’t laughing at him but at his cute-smartness. He’s so cute!
In history he is learning about the continents, how to use a globe, and how God made the earth hang in space from nothing. Pretty amazing!!!
In English he just started and the first pages were review of phonic sounds (which Lance needs). Next week he will practice putting words in alphabetical order.
Lance is also working his way slowly through Star Toaster, the reading is a challenge for him though but he loves earning stars and I like that he’s learning vocabulary, critical thinking skills, math, science, and just having fun with it.
As much as I’d love Lance to be using Heart of Dakota I’m so happy that he’s liking school and getting it done. It’s not the path that I’d have chosen for him a few months ago but now he’s completing his subjects and that’s a good thing!
Ethan my 6th grader is also using ACE PACEs. This week I added the Bible PACE. His Bible Reading for this week was Acts 1-2. He’ll continue with this next week as well. He only read through the first chapter this week.
Ethan is my Crew School student. Right now along with his PACEs he’s using: