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  1. I used The Modern Speller or Dictation day by day. Since you are using Scrabble you might also like to try the game Boggle or even find as many words as you can within a much longer word that you pick.
  2. I would find out what the problem is with writing - does it hurt his hand? How is his letter formation? Does he hold the pencil properly, does he prefer writing lists of words rather than sentences? Could you get him to draw or write a proper letter to someone who would reply - getting letters is still fun and meaningful. Would he wrote invitations to a party so he can see a result of his effort? Would he wrote questions for you to write responses to? Writing is about communicating so many bright children need to get a response in some way. Work up the amount he writes even if just by one word
  3. Since mine learnt to read we do the following: Read some poetry and song lyrics Read novels Read non fiction in different forms including the Bible, journals, news, articles, biographies and auto biographies Read other types of reading materials: signs, advertisements, menus, instruction manuals, bilingual readings, number plates etc. Read short stories Read and do some comprehensions. Read and write on technological devices in each different format and discuss since the language usage is different for each Read letters - casual and friendly, business, other purposes Basically we j
  4. I started these with my DD in third grade using a school LA workbook. We did alliteration and similies and metaphors that year. This year in 4th grade we have discussed puns and spoonerisms. Onomatopoeia gets discussed as it comes up. Idioms we will do at another stage but probably through a novel that uses a large number of them. This is my child though who takes it all in just by having literature discussed. My younger child will need something more directly focused on it.
  5. We use LOF as a second curriculum - not entirely supplementary, but not a stand alone either - we use Singapore also. My eldest child started LOF the alphabetical series at age 6 and is in Fractions now - she does struggle some with the bridges - it is not intended that they pass them on the first try. I think because your child has already learnt Fractions he is using it as a review and it should be fine for this purpose. I have used a lot of manipulatives and other teaching methods for fractions as my child is quite young to be dealing with the abstract concepts involved and she is kinaesthe
  6. The 100-year-old secret (Tracy Barrett) - this is a series of 4 books 300 minutes of danger (My daughter likes high action - might recommend more for boys) The Magician's Nephew or The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Any of the Roald Dahl Books My daughter devoured Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 2nd grade - not usually something I would recommend, but it kept her reading through a more resistant phase and helped her move on to other more typical chapter books, so she would recommend them Any of Alexander McCall Smith's children's books The shorter Michael Morpurgo books which pave the way for
  7. I don't know how to test vocabulary, but increasing vocabulary is best done through reading of both fiction and non-fiction books because this teaches vocabulary in context. I give vocabulary instruction during spelling - root word and meanings of suffixes and prefixes as well as word origin, but my own children's vocabulary increases best when I read aloud to them from good quality books or non-fiction books, newspaper articles or even journal articles. I have always made a point of showing them google images of nouns that they might not know including animal species and plants, geographical
  8. I am doing dictation with my child who knows most of her letters though still makes mistakes with some (particularly F and B) - I use spelling as handwriting practice and do handwriting patterns as well as concentrating on one specific letter either before or after the dictation. I keep a very close eye on her while she writes the dictation and if there are errors then I correct them in a brief handwriting lesson rather than during the dictation. This child though can handle more handwriting than her elder sister could - I made sure handwriting was far more advanced with her before starting di
  9. My DD is about to enter 4th grade (Jan-Dec) and she had a rough time with spelling last year. I am now using the Modern Speller Year 4 with her and am surprised how well she is doing with it - like your child she has always been extremely active. She is a kinaesthetic learner and I believe now that her spelling is being learnt by muscle memory more than anything else - so writing words til they become automatic which is why dictation seems to work best with her as she needs to learn to spell the word correctly amongst a whole lot of other words. I do still have to remind her how to break up wo
  10. When homeschooling them I provided different types of reading material for them - so novels, short stories, basic non-fiction, articles written to children or even scientific ones that were not totally above their vocabulary, letters, menus, instruction manuals for games, emails, newspaper articles suitable for children or that showed some area/aspect we had been discussing, books that discussed how to do something (like juggling - something that they could actually do), joke books, journals, diaries, magazine articles, advertisements, cartoons - I guess any form of reading material. Each
  11. My now 9 year old grew greatly in independence over the last year and a bit (she has just finished 3rd grade). I started being able to leave her to do some math by herself, she types some now - mostly to family though so usually only short pieces. She started school and the homework they gave she completed by herself, but anything that required any teaching she did with me. I still have to remind her of certain things that need to go in bags when going out for activities though she has got a lot better. She reads more now independently than she used to and sadly seems to be playing with t
  12. SOTW is great for most grade 1s. I used BFSU with my girls using many read-alouds and videos with it - gave me a way to explain scientific concepts in a sequence which has resulted in a good understanding in my eldest child. It can take a while to get into though and to figure out how to use it to suit your own family. Any penmanship - you do not need a curriculum for this as long as you teach letter formation, pencil grip and how to sit. HWT if you do need one. I would concentrate on getting him reading mostly, see History and Science as fun and as a break from reading instruction, an
  13. This sounds very like a phonics debate. I wrote out every letter or letter combination that can be used to spell a particular sound to see if I could help my daughter - this is opposite to teaching phonics for reading. And only three sounds (b, p and l) had only one choice and even they could be single or double consonants - though those have more specific rules. So to say that auditory learners spell better seems confusing - just because I hear a sound does not mean I will be sure how to spell it. Also almost every single letter the alphabet can be a silent letter in a certain word/s. Som
  14. I used Leading Little Ones to God for both my girls around age 5 and the eldest listened in again at age 8. At first and second grade level I used The Bible made Easy for Kids. I also use devotionals with both of them reading from the Bible. My eldest is now 9 and is reading the NIV Bible alone sometimes with a devotional. My nearly 6 year old will start the NIV Early Reader Bible (with my help as she finds the amount of small print a bit overwhelming) once we finish The Bible made Easy for Kids.
  15. I found the best thing for this was just to blend for my child - firstly in real life where no letters/words are around, just by blending nouns in particular while talking to the child and then later pausing after saying the letters and hoping the child will say the blended word. (It took my kids about a month at age 2.5 when I did this for them to start saying the words consistently when I blended them for them) Then I would get my kids to read the letter sounds of cvc words and I would then say them a bit faster for them til they said the word. Finally I would stop the faster blending and se
  16. I am using Dictation Day by Day with both my girls who are attending school - you can get it free online and it doesn't take long each day. I found WWE very good for comprehension when I was homeschooling, though it is not specifically made for that. I am not teaching comprehension to my children right now though as they get enough of it at school for now. I just ask questions of my kids when I read to them or when they read to me.
  17. My 9 year old can be super independent at times. She can do her homework alone and sometimes insists that she be left alone to do it - but I still check its done when she says she is finished. However if I ask her if she has finished some medication she will lie to me because she does not want to take it - she says it tastes nasty. I do ask like you asked your son - I think its natural to ask a child and want an honest answer. And then I do not trust her about that because I do go and check - so why did I ask? I guess to give her the chance to be honest - if I check and she has been honest the
  18. I know many adults who do not know that they are responsible for their own feelings - this sometimes takes a very long time to achieve. If he did it well and has now learnt he can lie then maybe it is time to change something - a bit like not letting a president be president too long else they seem to become dictators - he probably needs a different way of doing his school. You could always try testing him on his independent work once a week and if he gets whatever score you want him to get then he's fine even if he didn't do any of the work during the week, but if he doesn't get a high e
  19. I think it is normal to want more independence from children at this age - my daughter is 9 and gradually over the last year I have seen her becoming more independent. But I would start where it is easier and where the consequences for not doing things are more obvious. If he has the chore to make his bed, let him sleep in it unmade if he doesn't do it. If he must put his clothes in the laundry, don't remind him and don't wash them. Let him make his own breakfast or lunch or even supper. Send him shopping for you with a grocery list and some money and if he brings back the slip and the change
  20. Both my girls were early readers - I took my eldest through Sonlight's readers - the grade 3 level helped with the move to chapter books with fewer pictures as the books at this level have shorter chapters and are stories that excited my then 4 and 5 year old. I was still working with my child to read multi syllable words with fluency at the time. The grade 4 level of Sonlight's readers were longer and not all of them interested my young child, but by then I had more options to choose from and could find books she liked regardless of length. With my youngest who is reading at about the same le
  21. I taught geography through everything - so used history, but also every literary novel or read aloud that we did - they were all published on a certain continent, most do discuss a particular country and many relate to the type of biomes in those countries - it is not always obvious, but can certainly be mentioned (especially at your children's ages). Of course mine have had geography through Life of Fred and any news I pick up that might interest my children (I read newspapers from a few countries a day and pull anything my kids might be interested in and that is emotionally suitable). I just
  22. A large world map - even now that they are in school we use it daily. A HTMI cable so we could attach the computer to the TV when using curriculum or youtube videos for homeschooling. Tempera paints in large bottles in multiple colors. The pets we had who joined our homeschool and made it feel like home.
  23. My eldest is up between 5 and 6 am no matter what season we are in. My younger one I have to wake for school and she is not a morning person. In the holidays she will sleep til 9am. Even when I have to get her up earlier I will leave her to the last minute and rather get my elder one ready first which gives her some free time while I deal with the younger. They definitely both do better when they can live to their own internal clocks and that was definitely one of the great advantages of homeschooling.
  24. I found where my child is the difference between the children at the end of K was massive in ability in all skills - math, reading, writing, spelling, and even just plain maturity. I do not think it will matter whether you put him in K or first. Much of the early years is spent getting used to the routine, finding things, knowing where they put their jacket and keeping their shoes on - really. I think the teachers I watched spent a lot of time evaluating the children (mine started in the second term and even as late as the fourth term their were new children arriving and having to be evaluated
  25. I had my very kinaesthetic daughter learn multiplication facts by just asking her them and if she got a certain number right she could jump into our swimming pool and swim a length before doing more. Multiplication facts are not fun and it didn't make the facts any more fun, but jumping in the swimming pool is fun so combining the two worked for her. I don't think school always has to be fun. Most of the time it has to do with how long they must get on with the non-fun work before having a break and at age 6 many breaks are needed. Keep sessions very short - rather do a few very short ses
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