It's been successful! Blossom declared this week that she feels smarter.
We are getting through large amounts of work. I might even cut back just a little because it's a lot to go over at the end of the day and keep sorted, but the girls actually love it. They like having things to do since one of their difficulties is finding things to do when they have free time.
This week, My Firefighter started teaching them. He is doing a blend of everyday geography, civics, science and geology. Last week the girls learned the cardinal and intermediary directions, how to take notes so that they can remember their lessons, the parts of a map: key, compass, cities, streets and more. This week, they are going to learn more terms, such as border, and keep working on learning the continents and oceans.
They did very well on their spelling tests and Jie Jie and Blossom passed their test on ordered pairs in one quadrant with almost perfect scores. This week, we'll move on to two quadrants. We will also use the same skills to identify intersections on a very basic street map.
I am using the second grade 16 word spelling lists at www.k12reader.com and their accompanying worksheets and dictation. On Mondays, they get the new list and we go over it. They write each word twice and do some kind of puzzle with the spelling words. Last week it was a word scramble. I make the puzzles online and print them out. On Tuesdays, they do the accompanying worksheet and put the words in alphabetical order. Wednesdays, they write sentences using the spelling words. They can use more than one spelling word per sentence. Thursday is the pre-test. If they don't miss any, they don't have to take the test on Friday. If they misspell some words, they need to write each one 5 times and take the test on Friday. However, if they only miss one or two, I might still skip the test on Friday, depending on how much we need to finish up for the week.
The girls worked on their online reading program, Headsprout, even Apple, who I have do it for speech. Sissy did her math online. They did work in their workbooks in vocabulary, spelling, writing and had to learn a simple poem and do a worksheet on the poem. Apple loved the poem because it was about Apples and she almost memorized it herself, on her own. It was super cute. We also did our reading comprehension assignment from superteacherworksheets.com. I'm loving this site!
This week, we'll be adding XtraMath.com to Blossom and Jie Jie's day. They need to learn their basic math facts better so that we can move on to multiplication facts and understanding more about how to count money and figure out change. It's also time to begin learning cursive writing again; we never finished last year.