Sep 18

Bonus Spelling Words

We are using Sequential Spelling, a very unique spelling program, to learn spelling patterns. Essentially you give a test every day and correct each word immediately, using different colored white board markers to show the rhyme and the onset/endings. It is working really well for us and Rebecca really enjoys spelling time. One thing I try to do is find a “bonus” word each day, something that is special to learn and gives her something to be proud and excited about. (The word “eye” was a bonus word once and she thought it was hilarious that it looks like two eyes and a nose the way you spell it.)

Today’s bonus word was really 3 – to, too, and two. She got a kick out of the fact that even some adults have trouble keeping them straight!

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Oh, and here’s what I found the other morning when I went looking for Zachary, who had gotten too quiet for too long. I suppose it was a good thing I hadn’t gotten him dressed yet as he had enjoyed playing in the dog’s bucket of water.

A boy and his dog

A boy and his dog

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Sep 15

Big Picture Learning

I am learning how to teach from a big picture perspective and build the parts on as we go (whole-to-part) as teaching the isolated parts first, building a big picture as we go (part-to-whole), which tends to be confusing to Rebecca. This is different than most teachers are trained to teach as we have it beat into us that students cannot understand something without understanding all the prerequisite skills first. Which may be true to a point, but it can be taught backward, so to speak.

Today’s Big Picture Learning tool was a newly formed time-line on our wall. This way each time we learn about something new in our American History studies, we can put it on the time-line and see how the small part fits into the big picture.

The beginning of our American History Timeline.

  The beginning of our American History Timeline.

Time going by...

Time going by…

I am actually excited about this because while I am having to rethink how I teach, it actually makes more sense to me, so I feel less scattered. And that’s a good thing :)

And a bonus – I finally figured out how to do a timeline that I’m happy with!

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Sep 15

Ballerinas

 

 

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