Monday was our first day back to 'school' after a break for the holidays.
But somehow I like to kick off our semester with an ideal day.
A day where we are organized, focused and well groomed. I guess maybe if we start at the top and drop a bit we are better-off than if we start at the bottom - there's no where to go but up from there. Then it feels like the whole thing is a up-hill climb.
This way, we spend the weeks until our next break in a gentle downward slope. Right about the time I'm yanking out tufts of hair in frustration and it seems like we're pulling teeth to finish one measly assignment, it's break time again and we can regenerate, recuperate and vegetate without guilt.
Whatever the reason, it works for us, for now.
Finding what works for you and your children really is the goal, isn't it?
Teaching Bee to read is at the top of our list this year. Reading opens the doors to so much more learning. I think I'm more excited about this oh-so-important lesson than any other subject. The thought of watching the light of understanding in my child's eyes, hoping to witness the great "Eureka!" moment gives me chills.
It teaches phonetic reading, which I've found best for my students, all two of them.
Each lesson includes a writing assignment but if you are working with a child who struggles with eye-hand coordination, this can be skipped and writing can be taught later. Bee is capable of this part but T-boy, not so much. Maybe a boy thing?
My favorite part is that the book tells you exactly what to say and do. I don't have a teaching degree and I don't claim to know how to teach reading on my own. I have one great advantage, I know how to read and with Teaching Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons that is all you need.