Today we attempted the back to school routine again - slightly different as we took our books down to my Mums (she only lives a few doors away) as my son had stayed there for the night - but what a success!!! We did calendar time, followed by bible memory verse - from raising rockstars preschool with lots of singing - then I did hooked on phonics with my son - who surprised and pleased me by having no problems even with the long break! I set my 8 year old daughter on her handwriting - she didn't do great but her attitude was willing which is a huge step forward! And I let my 4 year old girl start her handwriting for a reason book - though I have to watch her as she likes to skip pages and just do what she fancies!
I let Bethany (8yo) have a break when she'd finished as I didn't want to push too much on the first day and next thing I know she comes to me with the teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons book - asking me if we can do it :-0 - this is the child who I've had to really push to get any school work done -actually wanting to learn - I can't describe how pleased and over the moon I am - the best part being the fact that she flew through the lesson with no problems so I think she is now finally ready to read and will be an independent reader within no time!!
Then I got my 5 in a row book out (for a quick review of what I could focus on for the day) chose language and proceeded to read how to make an apple pie and see the world - one of our favourite books - and I got the children to act it out as I read it, also stopping to point out particular words and what they meant - i.e brush up on Italian didn't mean literally get a brush out (as they acted out lol)
I am learning that my children are "active" learners (if there is any such style) in the sense that just sitting down and listening they don't take it in (bit like me) especially my eldest daughter so I have to tailor what we are doing to make it fun for them - I do believe in training them to sit ok for read alouds too but maybe I've been making too big a deal of it!
Today the learning didn't even end there - how amazing was it when we came home we were talking and planets came up and we couldn't remember which one had the ring round it - well I never said a word and next thing I know my 6yo son has gone to the bookshelf and got down the planets and stars book and says to me "maybe this will help us" - so I'm succeeding in my goal to teach them how to research and find out answers without even putting too much effort into it!!