southmetromom Posted June 18, 2009 Share Posted June 18, 2009 Dear Friends, My 10 yo ds will be going into 5th grade. He is smart, but we have struggled greatly with some emotional problems over the past 3 years. By God's mercy, our family has grown tremendously and experienced great healing. We are getting along well, now! Now I am ready to focus more on academics. Will you please give me your opinions and advice concerning "where we are": *Mid-way through SOTW IV (at grade level, I'd say). He is a history maniac and has read tons of books on topics that interest him. He doesn't have many dates memorized, but does have a wonderful "big picture" of world history, and knows some aspects of it in great detail. He wants to study American history this next year rather than returning to the ancients, so I am planning to do that (Truth Quest or something similar) -- and let him read, read, read. He does not write fluently, so I take his narrations for him, still. (Occasionally have him re-write them as copywork). *Language arts - Spelling - he had trouble spelling, now is just starting AAS 4, so I guess you could say he spells at 3rd grade level. It is an effort for him. Grammar (at grade level) - Finished FLL1 and 2, and about 3/4 of FLL3. He understands grammar very well, I think. Am hoping Latin will suffice and I don't plan to add more grammar. Handwriting (at or slightly below grade level) - HWT all the way. He prefers printing to cursive, though he finished the cursive book. I have had him do copywork and I let him just print it. Should I require cursive now? Composition (at grade 1 or 2, I think!) - Because of spelling difficulties, we have not done a formal writing program. I have had him do copywork (not enough probably -- perhaps 2 paragraphs per week, and then we do those as dicatation. The past few weeks of the school year this seemed suddenly easy for him). We are starting CW Aesop this fall. I think/hope he will catch on quickly and progress quickly with it. *Science - we have done it "on the fly" -- it has not been a regular part of the curriculum. I'd like to do more, and he enjoys it, but I seem to run out of time for it... (it "falls of the list") *Music - piano. Strong. *Arithmetic (at grade level) - MUS just finishing Delta. He understands it, and grinds through it. He will literally sit for 2 hours with his math, unless he is motivated by "Finish that and then we're going to go see our friends." Any ideas on how to help him with his self-discipline? *Latin - we have made it through Lively Latin Lesson 8. I need to buckle down and learn it so I can stay ahead of him. He does well with this, but doesn't particularly like it. I need to pick up the pace. *Literature - he read at junior-high or high school or above level. He reads incredibly fast. He mostly has read books of interest (every baseball book in the library, for example) -- I need to assign more literature. He isn't as inclined to read any fiction, but if I find the right books (more his age level) he will (e.g. baseball fiction, LOL). *Faith - we study the Bible and our (Catholic) faith in an eclectic way, but it is a frequent component of the school day. I must say, I feel that I could do a much better job of keeping him and dd(7) organized and motivated. We waste a lot of time -- through distractions, etc. -- goofing around. I am looking at the workbox system to help with this, and with creating one or two "distraction free" places for him to do his schoolwork. I vascillate between REALLY wanting a rigorous classical education (I love to read about this) and LIVING the reality of the effort we have made to just get along with each other, and not being sure if I can maintain the harmony while kicking it up a notch academically. (I am thankful for the miracle of just getting along together each day!) Any feedback or ideas are welcome. Thanks for taking time to read this. It is helpful just to jot things down, of course, too! Sandy in CO southmetromom Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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