Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This one's for the Heathers.

At my alternate school (Homeschoolers in Canada need to go through alternate schools-thankfully mine is awesome,) my principal's name is Heather. I absolutely love her (and I'm not just brown nosing-she's excellent.) And the teacher over me is ALSO Heather. She's a friend of mine whom I have always looked to as a mentor and exemplar.

So yah, totally blessed.

But those Heathers need to have a checklist of information from me about our year. They usually get this at our end of the year in-home visit. That's not happening this year because I'm here, so this is my virtual at-home visit. (They might need something more but I hope not.)

So, First Hyrum:

I've asked that since his birthday is practically in the summer, he be counted as a first grader again.

BUT he actually was able to meet all the GRADE 2 math requirements!!! Glory be! I made a video for math--Hyrum is a crack up, and yes, this is a good representation of how my one-on-one teaching can look like.

Did you like that poop moment? Yah, poop everywhere in the middle of a math lesson....yah. Typical.

Now reading---I was going to make movies, but it created too much anxiety. If this is not sufficient, maybe we can skype.

This is grade one level:
*I'll post our books that we've been reading as a family under Maxwell's reading.
*very good at matching upper and lowercase
*patterns and symbol sound relationship is what Barton book one is all about, and he has graduated from that for sure.
*the sight word he knows the best is "the" but he is recently working on "of, said, from, what....etc" and doing really well.
*Barton has him use phonics to read nonsense words, so yah, new words that are at his level are no problem.
*He can read SHORT stories---his fluency is not the best, but Barton stresses that Accuracy is much more important, and that fluency will come with time if accuracy is stressed-so that's what I've been doing.
*he can know the main idea of what he's read
*not sure how well he knows story parts.
*Print legibly and simple sentences:

*use phonics to write new words:

*share ideas----Hyrum sure loves sharing ideas, but he does have a language processing disorder, so his brain is too fast for his mouth, and you might not always understand everything.

SOCIAL STUDIES (for Hyrum AND Maxwell)

For both of my kids we studied early Canadian history. Including ancient natives, Samuel Champlain, other explorers, Filles de Roi, Seven Years War, The American Revolution including a migration of loyalists to Canada, and we have also been studying a world history in Story of the World.

This is all documented in this blog.

Also we have memorized all the provinces and capitals.

We have also memorized a general timeline of the world from age of exploration to the dominion of Canada:

they really do know this song....bad video.


We studied physics this year, which means we studied Newton's laws, simple machines, motion, light, sound, electricity, and magnetics. A detailed documentation of this is in this blog.


Here's Maxwell's math:

So a couple of things, + to 10,000 you can see with the decimals problem. Also, I forgot to do congruency, so here's a sample of that. Also, You can see that Maxwell recorded the date. I thought he couldn't do this because of his spelling problems, but he proved me wrong.


This checklist makes me a little dizzy. We are still so so behind. We are trying. Maxwell is reading 25 page chapter books with no pictures. It is at his level. He is learning phonics to help him learn new words. He is able to write with metaphors and similes, identify key ideas, make revisions, and have ideas flow IF someone writes it for him. You can see that in his story from early in the year HERE

Cursive writing is a no, keyboarding is a no, He can find things in a dictionary and electronically, but thesaurus is a no.

He's an awesome brainstormer, and very good in groups.

So, yah, whatever.

I do read to them:

There you have it!

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