Friday was a an unusual day for us. Emily didn't eat her breakfast and by lunch time, I realized that she hadn't asked for any snacks like she usually does. When I reached to feel her forehead, she backed away. Ok, something was up! Katie ran for the thermometer and that's when I discovered that Emily's temperature was 101.3. Where did that come from? She didn't want to say anything because she has gymnastics every Friday and didn't want to miss. Poor thing. I hated for her to miss, but I'm not one to send my kids off with a fever. So homebound she was!
From that point on, I didn't push for school figuring she needed to rest. But she practically begged to to math! Ask and you shall receive! She completed the geometry unit with a couple of review sheets and then we played some math games. Our math game book from RightStart is loaded with lots of fun card games. I'm so glad that my friend introduced us to RightStart and that it's working for us! I hear so many stories from homeschooling friends about how they've had to switch their math two or three times a year because it just wasn't working.
This brings me to discuss spelling. We have tried several different spelling books but have stuck with one for a couple years now. I'm thinking about trying something different for next year but I'm not sure what. Does anyone have any recommendations? Some prefer a program that teaches words in families. I'm not sure that matters for us. I don't put as much emphasis on spelling because it occurs naturally through reading and writing and we just correct misspelled words as we go. We also use Bananagrams for spelling from time to time. We use Spectrum Spelling right now and I've tried Spelling Workout, Spelling Plus, and Sequential Spelling. Of all of these, Spectrum has worked the best. But, we're kind of getting bored with it. So after this year, I'm thinking it might be time to move on to something different.
Sequential Spelling was interesting. It doesn't teach spelling rules. The writer's belief is that these rules are usually forgotten and don't really help much because the English language has so many exceptions to these rules. So every day, the student is given a spelling test. They do the best they can to spell these unstudied words and when they are done, we go through each one and correct any mistakes. That's it. There's no review, there's no second test. Nothing. There is some logic to it and eventually some of the words are repeated on subsequent tests, especially words that are commonly misspelled. And one list may have begin and the next list may have beginning. So, I get it. The problem we had with it was that my daughter never seemed to feel a sense of accomplishment. She wanted the chance to work with the words. You have to remember, she went to public school for K & 1st grades, so she was used to getting a spelling packet each week. And she actually liked doing them! That's when I found Spectrum. It does teach spelling rules, but not in boring detail. In fact, I have not had to "teach" most lessons. I'm sure I will as the work gets more challenging though.
One last thought on spelling is that I'm going to borrow Spelling Power from a friend just to check it out. I've read many reviews on this and they are all over the place. Some love it, others hate it. Being recommended by MFW makes me want to give it a chance. But since my daughter enjoys worksheets, I'm not sure this will suit her. I won't know until I look at it.
I'll end by saying that Emily was fever-free by bedtime, without the aid of any drugs, and was fine all day Saturday. Thankfully, it was short-lived!