Friday, November 6, 2009


One month of homeschool under our belts and Ry is doing great!!
We try to work on these areas every day:
Sign Language

When Rylee is having a "good" day, we just fly through the subjects. When she's having a "less than stellar" day....well, we just pick a few and carry on.

All last year, we could NOT get this kid to try reading. I have a feeling that something went wrong at school during reading and she ended up having a sit 'n think. It totally put her "off" reading, spelling and printing. Sooooooo, I've started her right back at square one....mastering letter sounds. I also found the Dolch List and she's zipping through these sight words, twenty at a time. Soooooo very proud of her!!

Making sentences with the Dolch Flash Cards:

We started a little weekly program, called Country of the Week. She gets to choose any country
and we do a unit study on it all week. She quickly got bored with this so it has morphed into Flag of the Moment. lol She loves to locate the chosen country on the globe, draw its flag, study the facial characteristics of the people, learn a few of their words, and listen to their style of music.

Here's her flag board:

I showed her what Continents are so it's easier for her to pinpoint her chosen country:

She was good at patterns, but she just couldn't get the adding and subtracting thing down, when she was first home. She got it within a couple of we're skip-counting by 5's and 10's to 100. This week she learned how to tell time at the 1/4 hrs. Today she caught on to the 5 minute intervals....amazing!!

Sign Language:
We have a set of DVD's called Signing Time....and I love them!! She's been watching them for a couple of years now, but she still enjoys them.

We are also reading all the books from the Science of the Week list. They are terrific!! I can't believe how much I've learned already! LOL
From the Series: Let's Read and Find Out Science.

One of the experiments/activities had us roast pumpkin seeds:

So far she's mastered body parts and simple phrases. I'm trying to join French and Sign Language together right now. She "signs" a word, says it in English, then says it in French.

I'm going to need a "real" teacher for this one pretty soon.....


  1. I think homeschooling is just so wonderful. And I'm POSITIVE they learn more...and what's best is if they are having a bad day, you can work around it. It's far too rigid in school.

  2. Sounds like you are BOTH doing better! Good for you, my friend!

  3. Hiya Sue! Yup, I agree...and we can have classes at 7pm on a Tuesday, anytime during the summer, etc. Besides, Mama gets to learn stuff again and I love that part! lol

    Thanks Jim! It sure is gratifying to teach your own child. Just makes me smile!! Thanks for stopping in.

  4. It's both learn. lol

    Keep up the good work. Wonderful student & parent.

    See Ya

  5. Maybe if I had a teatcher like yourself back when I was in school, I just might have done alot better maybe. You make learning look kinda like fun Cath. The students seem to be taking things pretty seriously. Good going.

  6. Awww thanks Mark! Nothing like having a 2-1 student-teacher ratio though eh? lol Certainly makes life easier. Thanks a lot for dropping in! Do you still have snow?

  7. Sounds like she is doing AMAZING...Myah is learning some of that stuff now in grade 4...

    and her artistic ability blows me away....good job teacher.....

  8. Thanks Janice! I'm not quite sure what to do with her "artistic ability" yet. It's funny though, if you give her a picture to colour or ask her to do something artsy - she can't do it very well. All of her drawings come out of her when she's in her own little world.

  9. The snow is still here, but it has'nt freshly dumped for awhile now.

  10. You're doing a great job and your daughter will cherish being taught by her parents instead of strangers!

  11. Thanks Emily!! Your turn is coming!