WordWorld, marshmallows and rice cakes. There is no way I could home school without them. Jenna plays well with Joseph and likes to sit at the table drawing or coloring, but then it's time for my lifelines.
Silk and Satin Lane is by Esther Wood, it's an eleven chapter book and beyond her reading level. The story is about a girl from China named, Ching Ling. Ching Ling is unwanted and unloved because she is a girl. This has been a great conversation starter about the value of everyone and the Chinese culture.
Bethany's nap time is now reading time, everyday. I love the fact that she isn't intimidated by a big book, with unfamiliar words. She dove right into reading it. I asked her to circle any words she doesn't understand or can't read. After nap time I go back over the words and explain what they say or mean. I'm enjoying spending extra time teaching her outside of her book work. Her capability and eagerness to learn amazes me, because I was not this way as a child. I appreciate her effortless learning style, because I know not all of my children are going to be this way. Thank you Lord for breaking me in gently!
Today Bethany was working in her phonics book. She was supposed the circle the special sounds in the words that had the same sound as the phonetic rule oo in tooth. One of the words was pool, Bethany circled the O's and with a scrunchy face of confusion asked, "Pooh-l? What's a Pooh-l?!" "It's a pool, like you swim in." I said, immediately realizing I'd said, pull instead of pool. We pronounce them one in the same. "Weer from Ken-tuck-ee, we taulk all cun-try. It's a pull, not a pooh-l!", I said, painfully exaggerating the accent. She and I laughed as we repeatedly said, "It's a P-ooh-L!
It pains me to admit I talk like a hick, I wish I didn't. Maybe going through the first grade for the second time will be a reminder to work on my lazy tongue. And if not, I know I'll be going through it at least another 3 times.