Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Our New School Year...

This past year I bought a whole Montessori program. Then I turned Allison's old bedroom into our new classroom. We really didn't get to do much before our school year ended bu,t I was able to set up the new room. I figured, I'd start with a tour...

Here is the left wall as you walk in...it contains the sand tray, maps, puzzles, geometric trays and a small table to do work on...
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This is the far back wall...it has all the sensorial items, language arts, and math...
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The next wall has a little table and the farm table...
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Here is the closet that now has two cabinets that house our book work and our dressing frame stands by the door...
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One of the first things that I work on with my younger ones is learning to read. We do lots of work on recognizing the alphabet, the sounds each letter makes and listening to many great read alouds.

Now, Genevieve is reading quite well but she has been having trouble spelling and writing. I began to research what I could do to help her and was lead to this program...

http://www.lwspelling.com/ Now, I liked what I saw, but the price, well it left a lot to be desired.lol

It got me thinking though...
(cute baby photo...David 15mos)
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What if I used my Montessori Pink, Blue, and Green cards to make my own spelling program? You can get these cards for free online and you can get them cheap here...http://www.shop.montessoriprintshop.com/1-Pink-Series_c79.htm


(Cute Sophia photo, dance costume)
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So, my plan is this. First, collect 60 paper lunch bags. For each bag, write a phonogram on it, like "ai". Genevieve will see on the bag the letters ai with a number with it. She'll need to write ai in the middle of her paper however many times the bag says. Then she'll open the bag and out will come photos of things that have ai in them, like; sail, hail, mail, tail, rail, fail, etc...
(Sophia's dance costume)
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Also, in each bag will be little wooden letters, only enough to complete each word. So for sail, there would be an "s" and an "l" in the bag. When she has built each word around the phonogram that she has written, she will run out of letters in the bag. If she runs out too early, or has letters left over, then she'd know something was off. She would then leave it for 5 minutes and then return to try to read the words she made.
(Evie right after her recital)
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Basically, it would be self-checking. After she completed each word group, she would then go back and WRITE the letters before and after her phonogram in a different color. The goal would be for her to be able to look at the photos and be able to write the words without the wooden letters.
(My little monkeys being silly)
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For language arts, I found a really neat, simple program that I'll be using for Genevieve to go along with her spelling...here's the website...

http://www.shoelacebooks.ecrater.com/

The material looks good. And it's a really good price. I bought the first level Phonics for the littles, the 3rd grade language arts, and the 3-12th grade spelling that I'll add on to her learning. She has samples of each level and now that I have it, it's exactly what I was looking for. It reminds me of Queen Homeschool without all the bells and whistles.

My next find is this FREE Literature/History program...
http://www.classicalhouseoflearning.com/
This is a program quite like TOG but I think the activities for the younger ones are more creative and SIMPLE. Simple is essential when you have 4 young kids and not a lot of time for collecting supplies. I like the book choices and it's set up like a Sonlight manual.

Math will continue with Genevieve doing Singapore and Isaac doing MUS.

Science will be simple too. I found that Rod and Staff's science is simple but interesting for Genevieve. We also suppliment with A LOT of extra reading.

So, that's it for now. I'll take photos of the spelling program once I have all the materials completed. I hope this helps someone else with a struggling writer/speller.

Blessings,



3 comments:

Cynthia said...

Sounds like a great plan!

Kristine said...

LOVE the update, it's so good to "hear" from you! Just reading about Alison leaving makes me tense. For the past many months, the thought "just two more years" is never far from my mind with regard to Holly. I dread it for me, am excited for her. (((Hugs))) to you, Lisa.

Sounds like a great school plan too. Wonderful that you can use the bedroom for school. Oh, to be able to shut the door to have the school stuff "put away" even if it's really not!

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

How fun to see photos of all the children. They have grown so much and are darling!