Friday, November 7, 2008

Putting on the Brakes and Backtracking

This is what we have decided to do with homeschooling Caleb. I've been keeping tabs on his reading and phonics and he just doesn't get it yet. I've been down this road before with another of his siblings, and will be just starting over with the basics and going from there. We really can't do anything more until he can read some on his own, so time to focus on that for now.

Also, I am breaking one of my own rules. I usually download freebies off the Internet for this type of thing, but decided to go down to Barnes and Noble to get a couple of KUMON workbooks. My time is too limited right now, and the money spent will be well worth the "time" savings.

This all goes to say that one of the good things about homeschooling is that you can do this sort of backtracking without worry or stress. Caleb doesn't have to fit in a specific group for his age, and there is lots of leeway. I am sure once he gets the basics of reading down then it will be much smoother sailing. This is a good example of how homeschoolers can tailor the curriculum to what they need without a child being labeled as "remedial" or whatever the term is now that they use.

Of course, as a homeschooling mom it is impossible for me to go into Barnes and Noble and not get ideas for unit studies and drool over the multitude of books! You can see in the above picture what we got for Caleb, plus a little research book that corresponds with the Magic Tree House book about Thanksgiving. Timely, I think! I also got Caleb a fun book with pasting, and several smaller books for the reading and phonics as I didn't find what I was looking for in the KUMON variety.

On Friday nights they have a read aloud time for the littles which was enjoyed thoroughly by Caleb and Jerusha, especially the latter. She will sit forever if you read to her! And being the shy type (NOT) she practically was sitting on the reader's lap a couple books into it. It was a fun night out for the family, and I'm glad we were able to go.

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