Homeschooling Update: Looking Back at Second Grade

An overdue look at the highlights of G’s second-grade year. We mostly used Sonlight’s Level B, but did move into level C before the end of the year, pausing for the summer when I reached a good stopping point in the history schedule.

History & Read-Alouds

Charlotte's Web coverHistory is generally something he likes, although he did get tired of Ancient Greece. I think I added too many extra titles on Greece. 🙂 He liked the Vikings, and I think that was his favorite part of the year.

I still do read-alouds with him, and his favorites for the year were: Charlotte’s Web, Henry Huggins, Around the World with Kate and Mack, and Maps & Globes.

He also does his own reading, and his favorite books were the Captain Underpants series (sigh). From his school books, his favorites were The Beginners Bible and Riding the Pony Express.

Language Arts

All About Spelling Level 4G made great reading progress this year. He’s a strong reader, although he still doesn’t like to read books where there is too much text on one page – he likes white space in the margins and some extra space between rows of text. No cramped text blocks for him!

If you ask, he’ll tell you he hates spelling, but then laugh, because he’s joking as it’s one of his favorite subjects. He’s an excellent speller and is proud of that fact. He’s halfway through All About Spelling Level 4, and he’s already asking when I’ll be getting Level 5, and can he finish it and Level 6 next year? I cannot tell you how much I love All About Spelling (although I’ve tried) – if only everything school-related worked so well and so easily.

Handwriting is still his least favorite subject, and there is much moaning about the fact that I make him work on it EVERY. DAY. Clearly, I am the most unreasonable teacher ever.

Math

Math Analogies coverHe’s a good math student and finished two levels of math during the year. He would have been ready to move into level 4 of Math Mammoth about a month before we broke for summer, but I decided to hold off on it and just have him review math facts and do other practice problems, rather than having an awkward break in the new program.

He especially loved the Math Analogies book I grabbed for him almost on a whim – he thought it was fun, and never seemed like school work to him.

Science

Zap! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Energy coverAnother favorite subject was science – he had a hard time narrowing down his choices for favorite titles for the year (as seen in the long list in the next paragraph). I need to improve about doing experiments with him and hope to next year. M should be old enough by then to not be such a menace and threat to everything while we try.

His favorite science books for the year were See Inside Your Body, See How It’s Made, and the graphic science series including The Science of Baseball with Max Axiom, The World of Food Chains with Max Axiom, and Zap! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Energy, Thud! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Forces and Motion and Splat! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with States of Matter.

PE & Extra Activities

Kids Cook Real Food coverHe had a busy year with activities: Taekwondo (he’s a probationary black belt and beginning instructor), soccer, basketball, baseball, and Cub Scouts. Fortunately soccer, basketball, and baseball do not overlap so it’s not quite as crazy as that sounds. It’s busy enough as it is! He also was in Awana, although that usually involved lots of complaining before we left every week.

While he does generally join in when we have an art lesson, he’s not enthusiastic about it. However, he is eager for me to restart cooking lessons, which have been on hiatus for awhile. I just bought the lessons in a print format since one of the biggest challenges I had with it was it being all online or via pdf. I’m thinking the print will make it easier on me.

Overview

All in all, it was a very successful year with him. I do have some changes I want to make for next year, but that’ll be detailed in a future post. Overall, I feel like we had a good routine going, and I’m hoping next year runs as smoothly.


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Quarterly Update on Book Club Books

A look back at the books my two book clubs read for the second quarter of the year, focusing especially on how they worked as discussion titles.

April

The Deliberate Reader book club (TDR) read Dark Matter and my in-person book club, Broadened Horizons (BH) read A Gentleman in Moscow.

While completely different in style and genre, both are amazing for discussion, and I’d highly recommend both. I’m still disappointed that I had to miss the A Gentleman in Moscow discussion, as the novel had so much depth to explore. Dark Matter is almost a perfect book club title: quick and easy to read, and lots to discuss. The only caution I really have with it is the potential for spoilers, as it’s really one you want to read first without knowing what happens in it.

May

TDR read Hannah Coulter, and BH read My Antonia, an inadvertant book pairing that provided me with an interesting comparison between the two. While I enjoyed My Antonia, and it is a recommended title for book clubs by way of being a classic, it actually suffered quite a bit in comparison to Hannah Coulter, which is the one I’d really recommend for book clubs looking for that sort of novel.

June

TDR discussed Uprooted, and BH read Into Thin Air, which provided plenty of contrast between the two clubs for me, after the similarities from April.

Fantasy can be a challenging genre to recommend to those who are new to it, and I find it frequently is somewhat difficult to pick out one title for a book group to read and discuss. In part that’s because the genre seems to include so many series (usually a good thing as far as I’m concerned). However, when I’m looking for a stand-alone title it means I’m excluding many otherwise strong options. Uprooted worked as a discussion title, and if your book group is looking for a fantasy novel I’d say you should definitely consider it, but it’s not one that I’m so enthusiastic about for discussion that I insist you have to use for your group.

Into Thin Air also brings forth similar feelings from me: it has good potential as a discussion title, but it’s not so amazing as one that I’m going overboard pushing for it (as I am with April’s titles).


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Cover Love: True Grit

The “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

For a book only published in 1968, there were a surprising variety of cover versions:

True Grit Covers

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June 2017 Recap

June was another amazing reading month, in large part because of audio books. I pretty much listened whenever I had the slightest opportunity to. While kids play outside is a prime chance – it’s hard to read a real book because I need to keep my eyes on them, so the audio is perfect.

June 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 24
Books Read This Year: 100

Things That Happened
  • Book club – Into Thin Air for my in-person book club and Uprooted in the Facebook group.
  • H received her brown belt (moving her up into the advanced classes with G – hooray!),
    and turned six.
  • A week of VBS & a week of taekwondo camp.
  • Baseball and softball ended.
  • G did NOT pass his belt test (again!) He made a mistake in his form that he had never done during class, and hasn’t done since. So I have no idea what happened there – maybe he got nervous because of the crowds watching?
What’s Cooking
  • Snickerdoodles, making R very *very* happy.
  • G and I also made a fruit pizza one day, and it was delicious. I ate the leftovers for breakfast the next two days as well – yummm!
What I’m Anticipating in July
  • G’s birthday! 🙂
  • Another week of VBS (a different one), and another week of taekwondo camp. Plus Cub Scout camp for G!
  • Hoping to get some homeschool stuff organized – cleaning out binders from last year, getting them set up for next year, etc. I’m hoping R finishes painting the corner on the enclosed porch, so I can move the bookcase in that’s going to hold lots of my homeschool material. Then I can get it off the card table where it’s currently waiting for a “real” home and put that table away. Plus getting the waiting bookcase placed so it’s no longer half-blocking a doorway. The porch has been looking awful while this painting project is happening.
  • Hoping to make some progress with cooking lessons for the kids. They were put on hold before, but this seems like a good time to get back to them.
  • Book club – A Midsummer Night’s Dream for my in-person book club and True Grit in the Facebook group.
Books I Read in June

I shared the list of books I read in a post on Wednesday, and I haven’t even read any new picture books to the kids this month – it’s been all old favorites all month. So nothing new to report!


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Books I Read in June

June was another great reading month! Here’s a quick look at the books I finished, with some brief thoughts about them.

    Book Club Selections

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    LOVE LOVE LOVE. I took for.ev.er. to finish this, because I was savoring it. I read much of it terrified that Towles was going to break my heart at some point, and I am so happy to report that my heart stayed intact. Not that it’s emotionless; it’s not at all. The writing is beautiful, and the setting magnificent. Go and read this!
  2. True Grit by Charles Portis
    Much better than I was expecting, and I’m glad I read it. I might even try to watch the movie. It’s a quick read, so if you’re on the fence about trying it, the reading commitment is minimal.
  3. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
    I wanted to love this, but if it wasn’t a book club pick for October I would have abandoned it.
    Instead, I slogged through it, wondering all the while just what it was that everyone who raved over it was seeing in it. The premise is entertaining, but the execution left me so bored (especially the second half of the book). It’ll be interesting to hear what everyone else thinks of it.
  4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
    I listened to the audio, and also read a detailed plot summary, which is good because otherwise I’d have been completely lost through most of the audiobook. My book club is supposed to go and watch a performance of it next month, so I’m looking forward to that.
  5. Mysteries

  6. In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
    The problem with this title is that I’ve finished it and I’m all caught up on the Maisie Dobbs series. Big sigh.
  7. A Question of Honor by Charles Todd
    Love the Bess Crawford series, because I love Bess, and some of the other supporting characters,
    but WOW did this particular book rely waaaay too much on coincidences. Don’t start with this title, or you will be wondering what on earth I can possibly see in this series.
  8. A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch
    A quick little teaser of a story (go & grab it from Audible if you haven’t already – it’s a free download!) that just makes me look forward to more with Peter Grant. I would also love to see that librarian take a more prominent role in a future novel.
  9. A Long Shadow by Charles Todd
    Probably my least favorite of the Rutledge series: it’s getting really repetitive in some aspects, and there was one huge improbable plot line in this one that seemed so unnecessary. I’ll keep reading the series because I like the character, but I’m hoping Todd gets out of the plotting rut they seem to be in.
  10. Death of a Dyer by Eleanor Kuhns
    I read the first in this series ages ago, and had forgotten about it until I was looking for an audiobook immediately available from my library. I like the unusual time period, and if my library ever gets the third book in the series I’ll read it (or listen to).
  11. Nonfiction

  12. Word by Word by Kory Stamper
    Loved this book, and it reminded me so much of The Professor and the Madman (just a modern look at dictionaries, not a historical one). It’s much more personal than the Winchester title, and I enjoyed how Stamper structured it as a combo memoir/look at lexicography.
  13. How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets by Dana K. White
    Highly recommend this one, for the kind of person who needs it (I need it). I liked her approach,
    and it’s very encouraging.
  14. Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold
    Paired really well with White’s book, which seemed to put into practice much of what Arnold suggests. I like her suggestions and advice, and it all makes a lot of sense3.
  15. Veganize It!: Easy DIY Recipes for a Plant-Based Kitchen by Robin Robertson
    I’m not vegan, so this is mostly wasted on me, but I think it’d be a great choice for anyone who is trying to go vegan.
  16. Children’s Literature

  17. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge
    Excellent book and a fun companion read to Dark Matter.
  18. The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence
    Pre-reading it to decide if I want to read it to my kids this year, or if I want to have my son read it for himself. It was good on audio, and I’ll keep it on the list for the kids in the future.
  19. Philomena by Kate Seredy
    Reading it to decide if it’s one I want to read to my kids this year. I don’t think my son will especially like it, so I’ll probably hold it for my girls when they get older.
  20. Fen Gold by Joan Lennon
    Cute story, and a very quick listen.
  21. Re-Reads

  22. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
    One of my favorite series, and I was thrilled to find they’re being released via Audible.
  23. Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
    Continuing the series – the narrator is excellent!
  24. A Dedicated Man by Peter Robinson
    I had been caught up on this series but then had children and never read any of the ones published since 2009. I wanted to re-introduce myself to the characters, and since my library has them all on audio they’re an easy listen.
  25. A Necessary End by Peter Robinson
    Continuing the series.
  26. The Sins of the Wolf by Anne Perry
    Not my favorite of hers, but I’m catching up on the William Monk series. I skimmed a large chunk of the middle, to just get enough of the action to remind me of what happened.
  27. Didn’t Work for Me

  28. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
    I expected to love this – time traveling historians! It’s a five-star premise, for sure. I gave it my best try, even pausing for several months before continuing with it in case it was just a case of bad timing initially. The second time was no better though, and i all but forced myself to finish it, simply to know what happened with. The book is so fast-paced as things careen from one disaster to another, perhaps because if you stop and think about any of it, none of it makes sense. I want to buy what an author is selling, but they have to at least attempt to make things believable. It felt like a poor rip-off of Connie Willis’ time travel books, which are *so* much better.
  29. Out of the Dawn Light by Alys Clare
    Historical mystery that included some supernatural elements, and while I can enjoy that combo in some books, this time it felt like a cop-out for resolving plot issues. The writing and dialogue also did not seem remotely historically accurate: I’m not a complete stickler, but at least attempt to get me into the right time period, rather than seeming like a modern character plunked down in the Middle Ages.

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New on the Stack in June 2017

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Nonfiction

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets by Dana K. White

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Overdrive recommended it to me.

Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how I discovered this title.

My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s a book about books, of course I’m interested in it.

Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically & in audio from the library
Why did I get it: It’s one of my book club’s trio of books for October.

Veganize It!: Easy DIY Recipes for a Plant-Based Kitchen by Robin Robertson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Overdrive recommended it to me, and the author’s name sounded familiar.

Work Clean: The Life-Changing Power of Mise-En-Place to Organize Your Life, Work and Mind by Dan Charnas

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I like the premise of it.

On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how or why I found this title.

A Touch of the Infinite: Studies in Music Appreciation with Charlotte Mason by Megan Elizabeth Hoyt

How did I get it: Bought a copy.
Why did I get it: Catherine said great things about it.

Fiction

A Distant Prospect by Annette Young

How did I get it: Bought it.
Why did I get it: It’s been on my lst but my library doesn’t have a copy. When I discovered that the Kindle version was only $2.99 I couldn’t resist. And so far I’d say it is TOTALLY worth buying, especially in case they raise the price soon. I’ve only just started it but I’m loving it so far.

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

How did I get it: Bought the Audible version.
Why did I get it: Love this series!

A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch

How did I get it: Downloaded it from Audible.
Why did I get it: It’s a Peter Grant short story, and it’s currently free. Go get your own copy!

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library
Why did I get it: Next in the Bess Crawford series.

A Long Shadow by Charles Todd

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Next in the Ian Rutledge series.

A Dedicated Man by Peter Robinson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Next in the Alan Banks series.

A Necessary End by Peter Robinson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Next in the Alan Banks series.

Out of the Dawn Light by Alys Clare

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how it ended up on my TBR list; it might have just been because it was a historical mystery.

The Sins of the Wolf by Anne Perry

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Next in the William Monk series.

Philomena by Kate Seredy

How did I get it: Bought it.
Why did I get it: It’s a discontinued Sonlight title, and I generally trust their literature picks. I wanted a copy to eventually read to my kids or have them read for themselves.

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Someone in my Facebook book club suggested it for fans of Dark Matter.

The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Catherine mentioned it.

Winterbound by Margery Williams Bianco

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how this ended up on my TBR.

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library
Why did I get it: My friend Katie gushed over it.


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New on Your Stack (volume 26)

Some highlights from the books from last month’s linkup:


Stacie (Sincerely Stacie) has a small stack this month, but it features one I immediately went searching for at my library: Surgeon’s Story. I *love* medical memoirs, so I was disappointed to find my library doesn’t have it. I’ll keep an eye out for it in the future though!


Happily for my TBR list, Kate (Opinionated Book Lover) added nothing to my “want to read” list this month. Don’t be that impressed with my self-control though: it’s only because I’m intentionally avoiding beginning the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro, until the last in the trilogy is published (next year hopefully). So despite her praise for book #1, A Study in Charlotte, and for tempting me this month with book #2, The Last of August, I’m resisting.


Arwen (The Tech Chef) mentioned getting Queen of Extinction for joining the author’s email list. Just like Arwen, the teaser describing the book for those who like “fairytale retellings, magic, steampunk, and romance” got my attention. Ok, I’m not so much into romance, but 3 out of 4 work. The author’s website no longer offers this title, but I did sign up for her email list and instead received Rebel’s Honor, the first in a Steampunk Fantasy series.


Jill (Days at Home) showcased a new-to-me title and series: The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett. I love the cover, and I love the idea of the 1927 National Park setting. I’ve got it on hold from my library, and my fingers crossed that it lives up to the cover. 🙂


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Introducing July’s Book Club Selection: True Grit

true-grit

True Grit by Charles Portis

What’s It About?

(Description from Goodreads)

Mattie Ross, 14, from Dardanelle, Arkansas, narrates half a century later, her trip in the winter of 1870s, to avenge the murder of her father. She convinces one-eyed “Rooster” Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshall, to tag along, while she outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten types in her path.

Why Was This Title Selected

I’ve never read a western, so I thought it’d be fun to try one. This one appears on a lot of “best of” lists, and if we’re only going to read one, I want it to be a good one.

Anything Else to Know About It?

The discussion will begin soon in the Facebook group, and you’re welcome to come and join us.

It’s available in Print, for Kindle or Nook, or via Audible.

And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.

What’s Coming Up Next?

the-diamond-ageThe Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

What’s it about? A young girl named Nell grows up in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life.

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads

And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.

See all the books we’ll be reading in 2017 here.


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Series Love: Peter Grant / Rivers of London

Peter Grant by Ben Aaronovitch series covers

A new series all about … book series! Because sometimes it makes more sense to talk about the entirety of a book series, instead of doing a post about each individual title.

First up, is my beloved Peter Grant / Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you may remember my post about the first entry in the series, Midnight Riot. You may also have seen the other titles in the series appear in my New on the Stack posts, so don’t be surprised if the author’s name is familiar.

This series is a ton of fun – it’s a delightful conglomeration of mystery and urban fantasy. Things get weird in it, so if you don’t like oddball books these probably won’t appeal to you, but I love them. Peter, Leslie, Nightingale, Beverly, The Folly – the personalities involved and the setting all make me so happy.

Why They Might Not Be Your Cup of Tea

The series is very British and sometimes I have to guess on some of the slang or Google it if I can’t figure it out by the context. I’m sure I’m still missing some nuances, but I love how British it is. It makes me wish I knew London better, as I’m sure I’d appreciate some of the events more if I wasn’t so clueless as to where things take place in relation to each other (I know, I could get out a map, but I don’t care that much).

There are a few sex scenes, but nothing is too graphic. It’s enough that my grandmother wouldn’t have been willing to continue reading the books, so if you’re a very conservative reader you may want to pass (or know that you may have a few pages to skip over).

If you’re a sensitive reader, you may be bothered by some of the more disturbing scenes. There are some icky things mentioned; not usually super detailed, but it’s in there. I am not a sensitive reader so I could usually just think “ew” and move on. Know your own reading tolerance for this sort of thing.

While I love the series as a whole, the books themselves are sometimes uneven. Book #4 ends on a major cliffhanger, so you’ll want to have #5 ready to go. Book #5 mostly takes place outside of London, and I prefer Peter in a more urban environment. The ending for book #5 is fairly weak as well – it just kind of ends, and many loose threads are left dangling. If all I’d ever read was that one, I’d be wondering what on earth all the fuss was about the series – this isn’t a series that works well enough as potential stand-alone titles.

Reading Them All

If you find you love the series, there are some graphic novels, short stories, and novellas that are intermixed with the main novels. None of them are essential for following the storyline from the novels (although there are some comments in a few of the later novels that refer back to events from the graphic novels).

Numbered titles in bold are the novels, that need to be read to follow the overall plot, and should be read in order to avoid spoilers. Other titles are optional, but fun if you’re a series fanatic. Be aware that the visual nature of the graphic novels makes them a poor choice for Kindle copies, and don’t be like me and let your kids peek over your shoulder as you read them. A couple of the illustrations caught me off guard and I quickly moved to close the book before my kids could notice.

Audio book fan? The narrator for the series is excellent. You can get a good sample of his style on the free Audible short story linked below.

  1. Midnight Riot (published in the UK as Rivers of London) Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads
  2. Moon Over Soho Print | Kindle | Audible | Nook | Goodreads
  3. Whispers Under Ground Print | Kindle | Audible | Nook | Goodreads
  4. Broken Homes Print | Kindle | Audible | Nook | Goodreads
  5. Foxglove Summer Print | Kindle | Audible | Nook | Goodreads
  6. The Hanging Tree Print | Kindle | Audible | Nook | Goodreads
The Graphic Novels
Extra Stories

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Homeschooling Update: Looking Back at Kindergarten

Last month we ended H’s official Kindergarten year (we’re doing some “fun school” over the summer).

Reading

I’m not sure how to describe our year of reading instruction. While “resistant” isn’t exactly right, it may be the closest term I can come up with to describe how she generally responded to lessons.

I know she’s young, so I didn’t want to push her, and if it hadn’t been for her saying that she wanted to learn to read, I’d have dropped any lessons completely As it was, I would end up trying a lesson with her, going until she got … emotional/uncooperative, and then I’d back off for a time (sometimes a few days, sometimes a week, sometimes a month), until she requested more.

However, I discovered Teach Your Monster to Read and she LOVED playing that game on the computer, and it helped her realize she could read some things, which was nice as she wants so much to read.

She does not like following the scripted lessons from All About Reading 1 the same way G did for Kindergarten, so I’m having to be a little more inventive. I was hoping it would work just like it did for G, but no such luck. I’m expecting that she’s close to really becoming a reader, and will start back up attempting lessons with her in August.

Math & Science & More

She enjoyed math, which was Mathematical Reasoning, and then some random workbooks, and then we had just started Math Mammoth 1A, getting about halfway through the first (long) chapter before breaking for the summer.

Science was probably her favorite: Sonlight’s P 4/5 has lots of fun science books to read, like the beloved Big Book of Science and Nature, and I supplemented with extra books from my Usborne collection, and from the library. Favorites included Wild Animal Atlas, First Big Book of Animals, First Big Book of Why, and Q & A About Animals.

She usually liked handwriting, and her favorite thing of all is probably art, and she’d like it if I would include that every day. While she’s always welcome to do art on her own each day, she’d like me to do it with her every day and that doesn’t always happen.

I think it’s funny how much she looooves workbooks right now, and I’m catering to that love by getting her some extra ones. Those random math books I mentioned, plus some Kindergarten-level activity books I found on Amazon, Explode the Code primer books A, B, and C, an easy Geography workbook. She loves them all.

Read-Alouds

She also generally loved read-aloud time. Her favorite books from the year were:
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook (and More Milly-Molly-Mandy), A Doctor Like Papa, Stories from Around the World, Beginners World Atlas, Street Through Time, and What Do People Do All Day.

Extra Activities

PE was taken care of through taekwondo (she received her brown belt right before her 6th birthday; she’s by far the youngest in the advanced classes now, but she loves it), as well as soccer and softball. She’s asked to play basketball this year as well, as she was disappointed that it wasn’t offered for Kindergarteners. She amazes me with her athleticism and drive to be the best on her teams. I was not that way. 😉

Her other activity for the year was Awana, which she loved. She worked very hard to finish her book for the year, and then made it through a second time to get the review patch.

I was thinking it was a really light year, and it felt like that during the year, but looking back at the year she actually covered quite a bit. Yes, she’s still not reading fluently like they’d expect her to be doing if she was in the public school here, but I know she’ll figure it out soon enough and catch up. She’s excited about moving on to her first-grade materials, and I’m happy she’s still enthusiastic about school.


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