After our math block and our language arts block comes my block of time with Rose, my second grader. We usually spend an hour or so together, just before lunch. During this time everyone else works on their independent work. At least in theory – I do have to check in occasionally to make sure said work is actually occurring!
Rose and I follow the same general pattern most days:
- We spend 15 minutes on The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. She doesn’t have a whole lot of patience for phonics, so I set a timer so she can see how close she is to being done.
|We are up to Lesson 191 – the end is in sight!!|
- I let her choose one or two books from our stack of Sonlight Core B reading for the day. We discuss each reading using the notes and questions in the Instructor’s Guide. We also look things up on our map if there is a map assignment.
|Two of our current read-alouds and current reader|
- She reads aloud to me from her current reader
- We do some more reading from our stack and discuss.
I don’t usually get to all of Rose’s readings in a day; I fit in what we can in an hour or so. I try to end with her science reading, because I can start setting up for lunch while I help her with her science sheet. If the questions involve any writing she dictates to me, other times she is circling, matching, or quick things like that on her own. Her Usborne World of Animals reading lately has included some map work (coloring, labeling, adding animal cut-outs to an ongoing sheet) that she can do independently. Sometimes we end our hour with Abeku to Zapotec, a Sonlight book & CD combo. She listens while I get lunch going.
If I have extra time at the end of the day we do some of the readings we didn’t get to. I am having trouble fitting in the science experiments from Core B, so we are a couple of weeks behind on those. I planned for science experiments to be a Friday activity, because they tend to be pretty disruptive to everyone around us, but we always seem to run out of time. She loves doing them though, and I don’t want to skip them! So I am going to try doing them during our hour together. This will mean slowing down the pace of the readings, but I think it will be the easiest way to fit them in and there is usually only one experiment per week, so we can still get plenty of reading in.
My next block post will be about our lunchtime subject!