The boys have worked really hard in homeschool since Christmas. Simultaneously schooling both Elijah (4th grade) and Nate (1st grade) while also keeping up with Noah has been a big adjustment for this Momma. We’ve worked to nail down a consistent schedule that allows us to work hard in the mornings and finish things up by 1 or 1:30 in the afternoon.
Nate has worked especially hard in his phonics program. We are using The Phonics Road to Reading and Spelling, an extremely thorough, classical approach to reading, writing, and spelling. I’ve been really impressed with the program, which I did not use with Elijah, and feel like Nate is getting off to a much better start! The first few weeks, Elijah did the program with us, and this served as a great review for him in areas that he already knew and then helped to fill in some gaps in areas that he needed some help. I’ve seen a HUGE difference in Elijah’s handwriting and spelling since starting this program, so that has made it worth the extra effort.
Last week we hosted the Phonics Olympics in our living room. The goal of the game was to review all of the consonant and vowel teams that we’d been working on. I put up cards will all their phonics sounds on the wall and they had to use a fly-swatter to hit the card that corresponded with the sound I said. After completing round one, round two consisted of hitting as many cards as possible and saying the correct phonetical sound. The boy who got the most correct after 30 seconds and one minute got a Dove chocolate bar! It was close competition, with both boys running neck and neck. At the end, I rewarded them both and we called it a great end to our week!