Monday, August 30, 2010
Madeline's 2nd grade itinerary
Here is a synopsis of what Madeline is covering this year:
We are about 75% of the way through Saxon Math 2, then will be moving on to 3. We really need to get those math facts to come automatically this year. She understands the concepts well and learns math relatively easy. Now we need to get it down so she doesn't even need to think about it.
This is DIY spelling. She completes the workbook pages one day, copies the spelling rule and word list another day, takes a 15 word spelling test the 3rd day. She gets phonics reinforcement with this approach, but does not belabor her too much. We are just about done with Spelling Workout B, then we'll be ready to move on to Spelling Workout C.
Writing With Ease
Writing With Ease uses quality children's literature for copywork, narration, and soon will be dictation. It is all laid out for you in the workbook with a gentle yet fun style. We are about half way through Book 1.
First Language Lessons
This is our study of grammar. Once again, it uses short but full lessons to verbally learn about the parts of speech.
The Story of the World
We are covering Volume 2: The Middle Ages this year. We read about a chapter per week, then do the map work, review questions, and narration. We supplement with additional informational books from the library and the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. An important part of history are the read alouds and independent reading of literature that correspond with the time of history that we are studying. This really makes history come to life. I'll post our reading list for the year tomorrow.
Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
I have enjoyed this science approach. Honestly though, science is the on the bottom of my list of important subjects right now.
Madeline is learning piano from me. We all study the Bible together through the Picture Smart Bible. Of course she is also attending Classical Conversations and working on that memory work.