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Summer School

We are moving right along. Not doing as much as I would have liked but we are accomplishing some dictation, narration and copywork. This was one of my main concerns this summer.
I think I may switch to 'Prepared Dictation' as Charlotte Mason calls it for spelling.

I'm not sure exactly how I will fit it in but we'll see. I can't wait to start using more of  Charlotte Mason's ideas. I don't think we will ever be 100%  CM homescoolers as we do use workbooks and textbook here. I like pulling from Charlotte Mason, Well Trained Mind and Traditional Textbooks. It works for us.

As for today, Caleb and Brent both completed a Writing with Ease lesson. Ethan, completed the second half of lesson four from Delightful Reading and a lesson from Writing With Ease. Lance completed a math lesson and reviewed his letter sounds.

Today, Lance, reviewed yesterdays lesson on Place Value from Math Lessons for a Living Education. Today, we continued counting to 19. I went over what the '1' and '9' means. Lance, is so cute he pronounces fifteen as 'fiveteen'. I thought that it sure does make more sense to call it 'fiveteen' rather than 'fifteen'.



 Lance, learns so differently from my other children. He loves fun and games. Most of my other children were 'give me the facts' kind of learner. Mostly Josh. My Lance, loves the puppets, games and lots of laughing. You can add being silly too.
 To help us along with our game and getting those letter sounds memorized I recruited a HUGE bag of M&M. For every letter sound he picked up and said correctly he received a M&M. If he didn't get it correct, I told him the sound, he would put it back on the floor to try again and he gave me an M&M. Eventually he ended up with all his M&Ms again because we kept doing this until he could say all the sounds.
 He has trouble with the j, g, d, t and f. The letters on the floor are not all the letters in the alphabet. Tomorrow I'll add some more and maybe we can get a few more lessons from All About Reading in as well.
 Here is a picture of Ethan's words for the day. The words we went over were 'it, on, and field'. I introduced him to the words son and won, so he could see that although they have the 'on' sound in them we don't pronounce them that way.

The weather for today (taken from www.weather.com):
... EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT THURSDAY...
* EVENT... AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL LIKELY RISE TO OR EXCEED 110 DEGREES THROUGH THURSDAY. HIGHS THIS WEEK ARE EXPECTED TO APPROACH OR EXCEED RECORD LEVELS EACH DAY. LOW TEMPERATURES OVERNIGHT ARE ONLY EXPECTED TO FALL INTO THE UPPER 70S AND LOWER 80S WITH MID 80S IN URBAN AREAS.
* TIMING... EXCESSIVE HEAT CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY THROUGH THURSDAY.
* IMPACT... THE RISK FOR HEAT RELATED ILLNESS OR DEATH IS HIGH... ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO MUST BE INVOLVED IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES... OR ARE IN INSUFFICIENTLY COOLED HOMES OR BUILDINGS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
BE SURE TO CHECK ON PERSONS WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS AND THE ELDERLY... AS THEY ARE THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. NEVER LEAVE YOUNG CHILDREN OR PETS IN AN ENCLOSED VEHICLE... EVEN FOR A SHORT TIME... AS TEMPERATURES CAN QUICKLY RISE TO LIFE THREATENING LEVELS.

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