In my post about Reading and Relationships, I talked about taking a break from moving forward in our reading lessons. I think it was the right choice. She voluntarily and confidently read me four BOB books in a row the other day. She's going through an emotionally intense time, and I think we need to work through some big feelings before we move ahead with this challenge.
I love being able to change an adapt as we need to for homeschool. I asked her about her favorite way to learn math, and she told me that she liked workbooks and math games, but not doing math on the computer. I ended up switching us to using Primary Mathematics, also known as Singapore Math. The Homeschool Educators' Guide that is made to accompany the workbook and textbook is a fantastic resource for games, and the colorful books are really engaging. It was interesting because the first lessons were pretty easy review but the material moves quickly. I'm interested to see how that works for her. We're also doing Brainquest workbooks for fun...I can't believe how much my kids like workbooks.
We've also gotten into doing History Unboxed. We wrapped our study of Mali and moved onto the Powhatans. She really liked using the bead loom. I also used Pin It Maps to show her where some Native American tribes lived at the time the English arrived. I can't wait for our next box! It's so much fun to get to enjoy my hard work.
I think we are coming to the end of our love affair with Ivy Box. It's been a lot of fun, but I think she needs to go a different direction for art time, and she is going to surpass many of the literacy and math materials pretty soon. I've cancelled our subscription. That leaves more money for our new obsession: games! This month, we've played several card games: Uno and Sleeping Queens, which both have special decks, as well as Go Fish, Crazy 8s, and WAR with regular playing cards (although we have "special" decks for the first two of those). They also like Sequence for Kids and Spot It, Jr.
We had a couple of nice outings with the Traveling Acorns Group, splashing in streams and visiting farm animals.
December should be a nice month. We do a lot of special activities and the formal school takes a back seat. Literacy activities include reading books and writing letters and Christmas cards. Math comes into play with cooking. We will still be schooling, but much more on the unschooling side. Formal lessons can wait until January when we are all fresh and ready to go.