Just before we took our Christmas break we finished up the third quarter of Sonlight’s P4/5 core. It made for a very satisfying stopping point for me, although I don’t think my son cared.
New Titles This Quarter
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley
We’re not done with this one, but it’s been a hit, although not such a big one that he’s pushing hard for more than what’s scheduled each day. That’s ok – he’s happy to read each chapter, and it makes an impression on him, as we talk about events that have taken place in the book.
Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? by Robert E. Wells
As expected, both kids loved this one. I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve read it, but it’s been quite popular.
How Do You Lift a Lion? by Robert E. Wells
Maybe just a smidge less beloved by my son than the Blue Whale one mentioned above, if only because the blue whale one ends up talking about planets and outer space. This is another one we’ve read again and again – my kids adore all the Wells books we’ve tried, both from Sonlight and from the library.
The Gods Must Be Angry by Sheila Miller and Ian Murray
G liked it but didn’t love it. It does give a lot of great openings for discussion, so I’m glad we read it. H (3 1/2) listens to most of the reading we do, and this one did not keep her interest at all. Sometimes it’s quite obvious that she’s below the recommended age for this core!
People by Peter Spier
It’s driving me crazy that this book reminded me so much of another one we read from the library, and I apparently never recorded it. Now I can’t remember the title, and my forgetfulness is aggravating. This one is fine; both kids listened and looked at the pictures, but neither of them wanted to look at it a second time.
Then and Now
I expected G to be somewhat neutral towards this title, but to my surprise he loves it. We read about half the book the first time we picked it up, instead of the two pages assigned for that day. He’s clearly a major Usborne fan!
Reading continues to go very well – we finished All About Reading Level 2 (I’ll share a full review of it in the next homeschooling update). The last 10 lessons took about three days G was so determined to finish so I’d order Level 3 and he could get started on it! We did take about a month’s break from lessons because of Christmas, and I just had him read other materials to keep in practice. We’re back at the lessons now though, and are working through Level 3.
As mentioned in my math update, I did give RightStart B a good try, but I continued to dislike teaching it, and G continued to dislike using it (except for the abacus; he loves that!). I’ll be returning it to my friend with thanks for saving me spending the money on an expensive curriculum that doesn’t work for us. I took advantage of a special sale on Math Mammoth over New Years, and got the entire Light Blue series for 40% off. That gave me Levels 1 – 7A for under $100. With three kids, I’m feeling confident I’ll get that much use out of it, even if it never is our main curriculum.
I’m starting to make plans for what we’ll do once P 4/5 is finished. That’ll be a separate post probably next month. Barring illness or other disruptions I don’t think it’ll take us 9 calendar weeks to finish the remaining 9 core weeks. G seems like he’s motivated to finish it up and move on to what’s next. We’ll see – I won’t be pushing him, but if he wants to do extra in a day, I’m not going to hold him back if I’ve got time and energy to work with him.
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