Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Wacky Wednesday

(Gave up on songs and went with ... um, Dr. Suess?)

Looks like copywork is paying off already! With only two days of copywork under his belt, Cameron has made a huge leap in writing. He does his Spelling Time work while I am in the shower and he always has to write the words out as part of the lesson. Usually, he grabs a blank piece of paper and writes them all crammed together and generally spaceless, e.g. "fillfillfillbigbigbigthisthisthishithithit". Well today, he actually grabbed the primary paper that we've been using for copywork and wrote out his words in perfect form, with perfect spacing, and (almost) perfect capitalization. (He did unnecessarily capitalize the first letter of one word, but the rest was good!) I was thrilled to see that.

I think we may finally be getting into a pretty good routine. He does Spelling Time while I shower, then copywork while I unload/load the dishwasher in the morning. Next was Phonics and even that went pretty smoothly today. Same with the rest of the SWO lesson and Grammar. Well, Grammar was a little slow because we were working on memorizing the months of the year and apparently Cameron was not into that. But I didn't mind because we were outside in the sun and I was shoveling rotting pumpkin from a wheelbarrow to our compost pile. LOL. I don't know why I found that so invigorating today but it felt really earthy and right for some reason. I think that means I need to get out of the house and away from the computer to do something physical once in a while! (Of course, last weekend we went to go do something physical - a roller skate birthday party - and I was showing off, at my DH's request, fell, and bruised myself in at least three places and have had a pinched nerve in my shoulder blade all week. So much for activity. When did I get so old??)

Then we had to go run some errands and when we got home we jumped right into History. We read a bit about Ancient India in SOTW. I was a little disappointed in the depth of the story. I hope they get into it more later. India has such a rich and beautiful history. After our reading and mapwork (the kids were dumbfounded to find a map of a different area today, lol. Cameron said, "What kind of a crazy map is this??) Cameron started in on the last review section in Math before we move on to multiplication. Since we were already done with everything else, I let him take his time doing math while I read myself a Time-Life book we have on Ancient India. He took lots of running around breaks and I had to keep redirecting him to his work, but for the first time in, I can't remember how long, he got every problem right the first time. I guess we've stumbled onto something here: don't make math stressful. Duh. You'd think I would've known that one. ;) We even took a break in the middle of math to do haircuts, lol, but it all got done, got done correctly, and was even done before 4:30.


~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

WTG on the writing! I've started cracking down on Adam and Ryan's handwriting lately. I'm actually requiring it to be {gasp} legible!! But it's especially important when you're writing "this" and "hit" beside each other, that you leave a space. Otherwise, your readers may be treated to a surprise word. ;)

Oh, I like the Dr. Seuss titles better. I actually recognize Dr. Seuss references. Hee hee.

Jenny said...

LOL, yep, that's exactly why I typed his spelling list exactly the way he did! I was like, WHAT are you writing?!?!