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Charlotte Mason School:  I wrote a 4 part series about what we are doing and learning in CM School. Family:  My sister’s son visited us in October. The boys loved … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reading A-Z

How about some homeschooling posts? ha!  This year we discovered Reading A-Z books.  I bought the one year subscription so we can download or print as many books as we … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Too Soon To Know

I don’t know what I would do without dear friends who actually listen to my concerns and offer feedback.  Parenting and homeschooling is humbling at best and frustrating at worst.  … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

High Five!

On Sunday, we celebrated with Hunter after he reached the goal set by Time4Learning. He read a passage aloud at over 90 words per minute!  This was his first time … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reading Fluency

From the Paisley assessment on November 14, 2012: His word reading fluency (on 3rd grade level) went from 22cwpm (correct words/minute) to 27cwpm. Making progress for sure. More exciting though … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reading Update

Six months after testing, Hunter is reading at a third grade level on his assessment and he doubled his reading fluency in two months. We worked on phoneme segmentation and … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reading Samples

Hunter does four lessons for language arts on Time4Learning (T4L) every day.  This is one of the reading lessons.  There were 22 screens with similar passages.  I got teary eyed … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Celebrating Big Reading Progress!

I am recording Hunter’s final scores on the five Dolch word reading tests that we started using in December 2010.  Today Hunter read all but 9 of the words without … Continue reading

September 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Language Experience Approach

An example of Language Experience Approach with Time4Learning: Last Day at School Created by: Chandler (6) It was Jamie’s last day at school.  He brought his Dog.  He went to … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Learning to Read

Reading Horizons At Home is letting us review their comprehensive, systematic program.  We will use the direct instruction package with Hunter and his younger brother, Chandler, starting June 2012.  This … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Test Results

Long-time friends and readers know how Hunter has learned to read.  I’ve been patient, for the most part, and let him progress at his own pace.  He is progressing, but … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 6 Comments

How Chandler Learned to Read

Over a year ago, at the dinner table Chandler (4.5 years) announced, “I want to go to school.”  Slightly horrified Hunter (7.5 years) said, “Why would you want to do … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Burden is Light

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Reading Progress

We may have solved the motivation issue with reading for screen time.  This has been a huge success this week!  This is a sample of the books the boys are … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

See Now

Hunter got his new glasses yesterday. You can see his reactions in these photos. Editing:  Hunter does not wear his new glasses.  Now he says he does not need them.  … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Stories for Screen Time

Kelly and I had a good talk about reading progress.  Kelly reads with the boys and he has observed me with them — encouraging and nudging them to read a little more.  … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

Reading Plans and Progress

We had a wonderful weekend here in Oregon.  We went to visit Angie and her boys at Regatta Park on Devil’s Lake. Remember that stack of Abeka Readers as our … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 4 Comments

He’s a Reader!

This school year we have focused on reading, writing and math, and then the boys were free to pursue their own interests.  Our family activities are educational too.  We live … Continue reading

March 4, 2012 · 9 Comments

2nd Grade Reading Test

Hunter wants to take more than a week off, so I told him if he passes as a reading test we will take time off in January for an extended … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Exploding the Code

This fall, we mostly worked on reading, spelling, math and our state by state quilt project.  This week we are on break. Hunter finished Headsprout in September but retention from … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last Week of September

I had a revelation last weekend that has helped me let go of my expectations with reading.  I realized I am pushing Hunter so he is not embarrassed at his outside activities.  It did not help … Continue reading

October 2, 2011 · 8 Comments

He Did It!

We finished on a high note, and he feels good about it.

September 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

Night and Day

Yesterday was so much better!  Hunter was a willing student and I helped him in ways that didn’t change what he learned.  He does not like to sound words out, … Continue reading

September 8, 2011 · 4 Comments

Language Experience Approach

Here is an example of the Language Experience Approach.  Today Hunter told me this short story and I typed as he spoke.  He asked me to read it to him a … Continue reading

April 26, 2011 · 7 Comments

Oregon Coast & Reading

We spent the day at the coast.  This evening we went out for my favorite clam chowder at historic Mo’s.  We celebrated Valentine’s day early since Kelly will be working this … Continue reading

February 10, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Daily 5 — Part 2

I finished The Daily 5 book yesterday.  Their “Read to Someone and Listen to Reading” chapter contained tips on partnering up with another young person to read.  The sisters suggest that the more … Continue reading

August 31, 2010 · 8 Comments

The Daily 5

I’m reading “The Daily 5” by “The 2 Sisters” Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.   This review by Angela at “The Cornerstone for Teachers” is informative and helpful.  I do believe The Daily 5 will work for homeschooling, especially if children have not reached … Continue reading

August 29, 2010 · 12 Comments



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