Wonder in the Woods

Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest

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

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

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

Books and Things

Hunter 2nd Grade Singapore 2A — 3 pages per day Living Math Read alouds or audiobooks: Dragon Rider, Chronicles of Narnia, The Hatchet Narration The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching … Continue reading

November 4, 2011 · 3 Comments

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

Our School Room

I thought you might like a peek into our school room.  I had fun editing the photos on picnik.com and I think the effects are pretty cool.  I did nothing to … Continue reading

August 11, 2011 · 6 Comments

Relaxed Reading

The other night I sent the boys upstairs to get ready for bed and when I got up there they were in my bed, as usual, but this night they were enjoying … Continue reading

June 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Headsprout Update

Both boys are using Headsprout now.  Chandler begged to start in February 2011, yes begged, but I hesitated because of his age then let him start.  He is now on … Continue reading

June 9, 2011 · 7 Comments

Family History Resources

We recently started a relaxed family history study with the kids.  We are focusing on the cultures and geography of our family and including some of the names of recent generations.  We do … Continue reading

June 5, 2011 · 4 Comments

Hammock Time

The weather is getting nicer.  Sunny, blue skies and it is warm enough to lie in the hammock.  Did I mention that I love the Kindle?  Yesterday, I was able to … Continue reading

May 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

Our Original Book List

As we move forward with our Charlotte Mason education, I thought it would be helpful to review my original book selections and see how many of them we read in … Continue reading

May 5, 2011 · 7 Comments

ABC Memory Game

Chandler really loves this ABC Memory game by Dr. Seuss and asks to play it every day, several times a day.  It got me thinking that if a child loves a card … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · 6 Comments

Bicycles, Picnics and Nature Study

We got new bicycles and a bike rack for our van.  Now we can go riding together.  I love that my new butterscotch bicycle came with a basket and a book rack.  Our … Continue reading

April 25, 2011 · 6 Comments

Handle with Care

Adding in some formal lessons this week is going better than I expected.  All week after breakfast Hunter worked on memorizing Dolch words and he read to me from the Meet the Sight … Continue reading

April 17, 2011 · 5 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



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