1. I love Sonlight's language arts program! We used a Sonlight Core last year, but this is our first year to use their language arts. I know how to write, but teaching it is another matter. I love that they lay it all out for you and connect it to the readers. They also give schedules for both Grammar Ace and Wordly Wise (we're doing Grammar Ace together and Monk and Twinkle Toes are doing Wordly Wise 6 and 4, respectively.)
2. I'm not sure if the switch to Teaching Textbooks for math was worth it or not. So far, neither of my kids has cracked a CD. Maybe that's because it's still just review. Speaking of review, all three kids forgot a lot of math over the summer. I'm kicking myself once again for not making them review their math, at least periodically, all summer long.
3. I'm so glad I added science for Twinkle Toes and art for both Monk and Twinkle Toes! They have more time in the day than I thought they would and have had no trouble getting everything done. I alloted one hour per individual study block, but art and reading are only taking 30-40 minutes. Math and science are taking closer to the full hour.
4. We're all enjoying our read-alouds and readers- thank you, Sonlight! We've been consistent with the timeline and map activities this week, unlike last year. We read for about 45 minutes in the living room then move to the table where we spend 10 or so minutes on map and timeline and then 30-40 minutes on language arts.
5. This is the first year I've done dictation with the kids. My older two are doing well, but my 7 year old is really struggling! In addition to Sonlight's weekly dictation assignment, we're doing daily dictation exercises from Spelling Wisdom book 1. I know it's doing them all a world of good. It's helping my older two pay closer attention to punctuation and occasionally they find a word they didn't know how to spell.
6. My wonderful planned pre-school activity stations are not working for Louie. She's almost 23 months, so maybe it's an age thing. I'm having a really hard time keeping her quiet while the older kids are doing school. We're having our read-aloud time while she naps in the morning. (I dare not drop her morning nap, then what would we do?) I'm so grateful for the nice fall weather we're having! I can always just send my pre-schoolers outside to play. Of course, sometimes I happen upon scenes like this one...
Yes, that is a snake wrapped around Prince's head. (Measle has given her little brother a new nickname. He's now called Prince and Louie is Queen.) And, yes, Queen is wearing her birthday suit- her favorite outfit these days. At least she wasn't in the sandbox.
So, how was your first week? What have you learned? Any tweaking going on?