Needing flooring in a flat bed trailer and a horse trailer - what better time and way than for Daddy and Momma to hold shop and welding class with Shell & Kyla. Teach them - from the floor up!!!
shell was so happy with the work he and I get done today on this coffee table he get to take to piece of junk and mack something new and usefull ,
Even in homeschool we must deal with the childhood illnesses ... life happens - no matter where, no matter what ... and no matter who!
Yes, the last 2 weeks we have been dealing with fevers ... severe headaches ... rash with blisters ... Hopefully we are at the end of this struggle.
Shell and Kyla have been doing some work, but we have not been pushing hard on the lessons.
We are working on doing better on the coming assessment test. They are improving - it gets easier and easier to see the improvement.
I think what thrills my heart the most is to see and to hear their excitement of learning. Wow! It is AWESOME!!!!!
This week we have been working on the basics of math and reading.
Kyla is reading about Jolly Robin - she can't wait for reading time each day, always asking if she can read just one more chapter! But I need her to read and comprehend - that is one of those "basics".
She is studying odds and evens in math. She has the evens down pretty much, but her and the odds? LOL - oh my! That child has made me laugh so much this week! LOL
Shell is working on reviewing his math facts, because the next step in math for him is fractions - and his words are ... "Grannee, I don't do fractions good. I have a hard time with them." But that's ok ... that's what we are here for - learning and doing.
I told Shell that he can read whatever he wants to - as long as he can comprehend it enough to tell me about it after he reads it. His interest is in Trapping - so, I am learning some things, LOL.
We are learning about the States. Shell chose to study about New Mexico, and Kyla chose Montana. We have gone to the library, and they each have a book on their State. We will be sharing what they have learned so far.
Tuesday night this next week, Shell will be preparing a supper made with some of the foods of New Mexico. Then, Wednesday night, Kyla will serve us from Montana.
Every Thursday they will have a "new" State to study the following week. So, this should be an "interesting" year - LOL!
I have found several different math, reading, spelling, states, geography games to load on the tablet - I am impressed. They really are educational games. The kids are enjoying them - and learning. Joshua has played a few of them as well. LOL
This next week we will continue with reading and math ... adding language arts, more history, science, Bible studies ... Y'all PRAY!!! lol
The homeschool is based out of the Bible first, but also out of "Easy Peasy Home School" online. After many hours researching and reading, this online instruction seemed to be the one that would best fit these kids.
The first assessment test in Math for Kyla showed that she was in need of understanding and application with the basics of math. In public school she was beginning 5th grade - but somewhere along the way, the basics were either not taught in a way that she could grasp, or just overlooked due to?
So, with the assessment test in mind, we have started with the basics. She told me that this was "baby stuff" - but she has a really good attitude about working it. We talked about how sometimes it takes "baby stuff" to make the grown up stuff - and she seems to understand that. She has already progressed so far in just a week! She enjoys the math assignments more than not. She is very quick about picking up the facts.
The first assessment test in reading for Kyla showed that she was reading at the 4th grade level - the high end of 4th grade. Which was on target for her age and her place in public school. She is developing a greater love of reading. Her "issue" in public school was with the teacher not allowing her more free time in reading what was interesting to her. She has a good grasp on the realization that there are some things you have to read that you are not interested in. But you should be able to enjoy reading - even when it is "work".
The first assessment test in math for Shell showed that he had a high end 6th grade understanding of most math facts. His weakness in math is centered around subtracting when you must "borrow". But even in this, when he slows down just a bit, he gets it. It just takes a little more effort to do. LOL
The first assessment in reading for Shell showed that his comprehension level was lower than he wanted it to be - somewhere around 4th grade level. But he is willing to read, and he enjoys reading about things that he is interested in. The things that he must read? Well, let's just say that he is a boy and a very stubborn one at that. LOL
**Shell and Kyla will be re-assessed the week before Christmas. We want to see where they are at in the learning process. Have we found a way to teach that they can learn?
Our "classroom" consists of more than just this one room and table. Yes, we will use this room and table - well, sometimes. Sometimes our lessons will be on the front porch, with the cool air blowing our hair and ruffling the pages of our books. Sometimes our lessons will be held in the little convertible as we drive along the back roads. And even sometimes our lessons will be in the kitchen, baking and cooking - and then eating our homework!
We will be using computers, tablets, smart phones, textbooks, papers, books of all genre's ... and most importantly- The Bible.
We can do all things thru Christ who strengthens us - Philippians 4:13. This is one of the great pillars of our Faith. The kids are learning that "can't" just isn't in our vocabulary. P-paw taught us all well - "can't never could do nothing"! There are moments of frustrations, even a tear or two - but there are also many peals of laughter as we go along on this journey - learning that INDEED we CAN!!!!!
I hope you will keep reading and walking with us thru these pages ... and in this life ...