RB wrote:We are currently at Day 49 of 1st grade with my youngest. Learning to read has been a thorn in his side this year. We've been using MFW 1st for a few months and he's just beginning to read with a small amount of fluency. Praise God!!!
I'm thinking that completely stopping for summer (we have 8 more school weeks left, then a 6-7 week break) might be a really bad idea. Right now my thought is to continue the reading lessons from MFW 1st with him 2-3 days/week in the summer.
Also, he is so excited about CtG and I think he will be ready to participate in alot of it next fall, even though he'll still be doing the end of 1st. He's always been able to listen to books way above grade level with great comprehension (just what happens when you're a toddler playing with toys in the homeschooling room) and he loves hands-on projects and such. I don't want to keep him from joining in CtG just because he's not quite done with 1st.
So my real question is what would you do about the Bible Notebook? He's working on the creation page right now, and will be scheduled to move to other pages. I'm a bit nervous because writing is even more of a struggle than reading for him.
I saw your post and wanted to chime in just to encourage you and let you know I'm saying a prayer for your decision. Sometimes being the mom and the teacher and the one in charge of curriculum is hard. I'm not a good decision-maker (especially when pregnant and I've been pregnant 5 times in the past 8 years!!) and I know I just need to pray and pray and pray and pray.
RB wrote:Option 1: Keep up with the reading lessons as scheduled, including the blue book, bible reader, and bible notebook
Option 2: Keep up with the blue book and bible reader, but save the bible notebook to use with him next year during CtG. Has anyone done this?
We have done pretty much option 1 this year, but instead of CtG, we've used ECC. My 1st grader did phonics instruction, handwriting practice, his own math, and then the Bible reader & notebook. Then he sat in on all the parts of ECC and we worked together as much as he wanted to. I made the Bible notebook more about Bible and art than about writing. Once it gets to that part (which is several weeks away if you have only just begun; at first it is just copying the title), I let my son narrate one or two sentences to me, I edited them with him then wrote them down, then he copied them. If he had had issues with writing, I probably would have gone ahead and wrote the narration for him, too. But my ds was okay with writing. Anyway, then we thought about what would be a cool thing to draw for that story (adding crafty items as they fit, i.e., cotton ball clouds, clothes on the stick figures cut out with spare cloth, etc.) and then he drew the page for the day. He is very proud of his Bible notebook. We did it 3 times a week and just finished it 2 weeks ago.
Honestly, all of his 1st grade stuff including the Bible notebook and reader, math, etc. only took us 1/2 hour to 1 hour every day. It was not time consuming and was doable for our family. I am glad I didn't skip out on the Bible notebook because it really is a great Bible resource for a 1st grader and a great keepsake, too. If I were you and really wanted to do it, I would definitely make it more about learning Bible stories and discussing the stories than about the writing or reading if that stresses your ds. You can have him narrate and then write it down for him, have him copy it, or brainstorm together for the narration. It'll be a fun thing for your ds if you can make it un-stressful. However, if you just can't see finding the time to do it or it stresses you out, then I would drop it. It's not worth it if it's going to make you or your ds crazy!
RB wrote:Also, how do you know if it's time to have a child tested for learning delays, as opposed to chalking it up to being a wiggly, distractible, strong-willed little boy?
Wish I could help you more on this one. I haven't had any issues in my own family, but have known several friends whose children have been late readers and writers. A friend of mine was still reading pretty much everything aloud for her 8yo dd because her dd just couldn't get the reading thing. But then she turned 9 and voila, she got it. As homeschoolers, we can speed up or slow down to meet our kids' needs without calling them gifted or learning disabled. But then again, some serious diagnoses can be helped with therapy so you wouldn't want to miss out on that. Another decision for mom and dad. Saying a prayer right now for wisdom in this decision also...
Hope this helps. Wishing you insight and wisdom as you ponder all these decisions.