All About Reading and All About Spelling Level 1

A few weeks ago I ordered and received All About Reading and All About Spelling Level 1. I also ordered and received learning language arts through literature blue book.

When I ordered All About Reading and All About Spelling Level 1 I wasn’t sure how she’d take to it. We used the All About Reading pre Reading last year very lightly. Mostly we used the rhyming cards and some of their worksheets. I also kept the books. The level 1 of both programs look great and simple to use. I’ve also heard that using both intertwined is also good. Actually I think that’s what we’ll end up doing. I looked over LLATL but it’s not as easy to supplement with All About Reading and All About Spelling so unless somehow she doesn’t retain much we’re not going to try another approach. We also have Queens homeschooling language arts for little ones but there still lots of writing which she’s just getting some writing exposure so it’s a while before we can try it aside from other parts of it.

Today I actually tried one page of All About Reading Level 1 with her. She had no interest in cutting which I’m slowly working on with her but she did great with sounding out the words Pam,Sam,sap and map. She identified which one is Pam (girl),sam(boy),sap on a tree and a picture of a map and gluing it.

We’re also still using Life of Fred Elementary series and the beginning readers as well as heart of Dakota little hands to heaven and my fathers world voyage of discovery which I think will likely be our last year with them. Partly because every time we order from my fathers world the curriculum doesn’t come looking new. The other thus far she’s not retained anything I’ve used with my fathers world like she does with heart of Dakota.

On heart of Dakota we are on unit 4 finishing up. Already she can recite one verse of the poems for A-D,recognizes all letters uppercase,lowercase and all the sounds. However we’ve been singing the ABC song since she’s been brushing her teeth at about 9 months actual age.


Homeschool freedom

This is something a lot of homeschool parents tend to forget. With homeschool there’s lots of freedom… we don’t need to do everything. We can be flexible as we need to. Hey if my kid wants play toys all day and it passed my inspection I count it as school. Cutting paper? I’ll count it.


Happy New Year!

Happy new year!! We have enjoyed our holidays with family even getting A to take picture with Santa. I have a few books about Santa but not a lot. Most are about Jesus’ birth.

We are currently on unit 2 of HOD LHTH and on week 5 of MFW VOD. Surprisingly she’s catching on really fast. Recently she has started to read a book and while that’s only happened once it’s really encouraging! I have a feeling she’ll be reading before 5 possibly.

Whike there’s been a lot of talk about snow I thought we’d do a fun snow activity,Fake Snow

I think she’ll enjoy it!

Language Arts

So,I have some final decisions for Vicki’s language arts. I am trying to keep it as close as I can with no common core and it being a Christ centered as possible.For language arts we are going to be using Queen’s Homeschool Language Lessons For Little Ones and probably for the foreseeable future unless something changes and the other onte is still up in the air but still considering Language Arts through Literature which isn’t as Christ centered as I’d like.For copywork we will be using English Lessons Through Literature Italic(Both Print and Cursive),Language Arts through Literature(Italic).I like Kathy De Vos mostly for the copywork, CM approach and the literature stories behind the subjects + the italic model of handwriting. I am finding that Vicki is really learning well with lots of hands on and through reading literature not to mention we love reading so more reading is a bonus! The Queen’s Homeschool Language Lessons For Little Ones I almost didn’t even consider it. I mean,I considered it because of the CM approach and the short lessons but to be honest some of the reviews for the language lessons for little ones was a bit on the negative side that “it tends to jump around” and the samples on the website wasn’t enough for me but a lot of people have raved so well like any homeschool mom will say you hear the bad and the good…So,upon hearing/reading good reviews and the importance of keeping it Christ centered/biblical if you will,I decided to try look online to see if I could take a look at it by purchasing it used. Well, I just got it and let me tell you,I can understand why some parents feel like it jumps all over the place but as I looked through the books,I can see why its’ written like that.For an ex,’c’ and ‘k’ make a similar sound so it’s grouped together.Or you might see words that begin with the letter t and need to look for words with at and identify t.The lessons are really short literally like 5-10 minutes so it doesn’t take long to do at all.