Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Materials that are working

  • Singapore Math for both girls. We're doing 1A now, about 3 times a week.
  • Explode the Code 1.5 for Sissy. She does about 1-2 pages about 3 times a week. I'm hoping to get ETC 1 for Sissy soon.
  • I'm hoping to get Get Ready for the Code for Ellen. Right now she plays Boggle.
  • Headsprout for both girls. They do one lecture about 3 times a week and sometimes more.
  • Teaching Textbooks for Pike. He works on about 30-40 minutes per day for Math 7.
  • The Learning Company's The Joy of Thinking for both boys. We watch one lecture weekly.
  • Susan Bauer's The History of the Ancient World for both boys. We read a chapter a day.
  • Sonlight's Core 5 historic fiction. I read from one of the books daily. Right now we're on Yung Fu of the Upper Yangtze. We'll be moving to Core 6 books soon.
  • Sr. Jason's Spanish videos (he is actually Sr. Jordan but I keep calling him Sr. Jason :))
  • Rocket Spanish lessons 1-4 (just the trial so far but Pike is enjoying it). I'm also looking into Spanish for Children, LosMas TV, Learning Spanish Like Crazy and others.
  • Geography once a week with Pike. He's never had any geography exposure and enjoyed the Geospy game to learn the continents. We're starting with Sheppard Software to learn different countries along with a little country information. It's a little dry but he is so far ok with it. We'll supplement that with Geography Through Art. We're starting with Asia.
  • Reading the Writer's Almanac daily and Pike does dictation from either the poem or the content of the Writer's Almanac. Jesse just listens.
  • Both boys are really enjoying Critical Thinking with the Red Herring book. Link to come.
  • The girls are enjoying SOTW 1 and CHOA (I'm reading it online) but get a little bored with Story of Mankind sometimes.
We're doing other stuff and stuff to come but these are just the things that are working well and they are enjoying.

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