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:: a little summer school update ::

July 28, 2011

We have been lightly following Oak Meadow’s Grade 3 program for about 2 and a half weeks now.  I first posted about beginning our venture here  and here and now would like to update on the bits and pieces we’ve put into practice.

So far, we’ve been focusing on the Language Arts components of the curriculum: handwriting, reading, listening, speaking and representing.  After our morning routine of lighting a candle, saying a poem together and a quick rhythm activity I read aloud a folktale or chapter of a novel to her.  She listens intently with encouragement to create a mental image that she will then put down on paper after we have finished the tale.

As I anticipated, handwriting is causing her a bit of frustration.  Our curriculum suggests having her practice writing in the air and with her feet to get her body kinaesthetically involved in the process.  When we come to creating a sentence for the picture she has created in the main lesson book I first write the sentence for her to copy below.  We tried having her imitate my writing from a separate page into her book, but she has some difficulty tracking between the page and her own work.  Her letter formation is coming right along, what we need to work at is her confidence in her own ability.  I have a sensory activity lined up that will also build on handwriting and mixing colours.  It involves paint, so I’m sure the kids will love it!

Overall, we are really enjoying the program so far.  Ava loves listening to the folk tales and creating artwork to capture an image from the story.  We’ve been engaging in the lessons early in the morning before Isaac is awake and while Violet naps.  It has given us something great to do together and she is showing a lot of interest in other aspects of the program as well, such as handwork, crafting, cooking and playing the recorder.

Crafts will be a large component in the next week or so.  I finally remembered to buy some cornstarch so I can make modelling clay for the kids.  Sculpture, here we come!  We will also begin to look at the math lessons.  As it is summer and I am not trying to complete the curriculum, only keep Ava in a school-ready routine for fall we are not pushing the academic side of things as much as the structure and continuance of learning.

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  1. vweber permalink
    July 28, 2011 2:23 pm

    Confidence confidence confidence. isnt that the catch!? I have the same problem with my #1 except in her reading. she can do it, just not sure of herself.

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