Ok,Ok! So I am sooooo excited to say we are soon going to be owing the Life Of Fred Eden Series for the Beginning Reader. We already LOVE Life of t Fred as the current math curriculum as you can see by our previous posts here. And I have been pondering over the fact if we should purchase it. I’ve looked at Youtube videos of others who’ve used the Beginner Reader Series and it looks great. Plus it teaches a lot of things..Yup math included just like the Math Series. Hopefully if its’ meant to be long term we will use the language arts series at some point in the distant future but that’s still a long way off. I was waiting for just the right bargain to buy and I found it.Can’t wait to receive it and read it to Vicki.I’m sure she’ll love it like the Math series.
I love the Small Ride Toys company. We have several of their products. I got this one to help V identify matches since she’s not too into “busy work”.This is just one way I “motivate” her to learn.If she doesn’t want to “color” or do My Father’s World it’s ok not in a rush eventually we will get through it before we move on to the next level.Just today she did 5+?=7 in a matter of seconds.A few days ago she didn’t do it as fast.She was also able to read 6:00 on the clock in her Apples book which is amazing. This is the current clock she has Shape Sorting Clock and it’s teaching her more about different shapes(encouraging shapes which she’s having a little difficulty recognizing like a diamond, rectangle in the ABCJLM 2 year curriculum)
The previous clock we had was this one Tick Tock Clock and this one taught her mostly numbers, minute and hour hand recognition.
Of course Vicki is only turning 3 in July but I am posting this partly to monitor her progress.The farthest we’ve went so far is up to chapter 4 in Apples and the reason I stopped was she hasn’t mastered enough concepts for me to move forward. Yes,I know she’s super young to even be starting but there are other parents who’ve started their kids on Life of Fred even earlier than I. That being said, we only move forward when I feel like the concept/skill is being mastered. For Apples it means getting the answers right fairly quick 9/10 tries 90% of the time with missing 1-2 questions and being able answer right in like 5 minutes or so.Vicki knows most of the answers to things like 5+2=7,2+5=7,1+6=7(most of the time 75% of the time),6+1=7,4+3=7,3+4=7 BUT has problems when it comes to things like 2+?=7.She’s answered correctly a few times but not fast enough.
She is LOVING LIFE OF FRED!! You read that right!She LOVES LIFE OF FRED! She’s always taking the book everywhere in the house, opens the book and just looks at it as if she’s trying to read it on her own(She recognizes a lot of words as well, animals,objects,sight words, counting to 5 already) but what amazes me is while she’s out and about during the day she’s always asking me about Fred and Kingie or just saying random facts about what she’s been learning.She asks to read it nightly now and in the beginning she didn’t do that. Occasionally she’d say “I don’t like Fred,Kingie.” “Don’t wanna read Fred”.
Most recently she’s overcome her 1 year regression from the Depakene syrup in mid January.To my amazement she remembers everything including recognizing objects like rake, cake to name a few.Last night she was able to tell me “5:00” is the time on the clock.In the apples book it shows a picture of the clock showing 5:00. Now,I’ve told her about the hour hand is the long hand and the minute hand is the short hand(She recognizes numbers 1-10 and we’ve done a few clock toys) but very briefly.Yet she somehow connected all that learning to be able to know it’s 5:00.
Ok,Ok! Less than a month ago we got the Life of Fred Apples and keep in mind that my daughter is 2 months away from turning 3…Got that in mind?Good…We’ve read 2 chapters so far and only move on once she’s got it mastered…It’s part of her bed time routine in addition to the other regular reading books(Sight words, poems,science books, number books whatever is in her room birth-3rd grade reading level)Well…already this girl can do 5+2=7,2+5=7,4+3=7,4+?=7(She said 3!!-No joke.Being serious!!)Is that not amazing from a toddler that’s not 3.She’s not gifted either.Advanced in some areas but far from gifted.I am disbelief!! We are going to use LOF as a stand alone curriculum and ONLY IF needed we will supplement.Always make sure to have games and things on hand just in case. for any subject/skill.Otherwise eventually it’s sold.All just from reading a book…Incredible…I don’t know what it is about Life of Fred but I agree something about it just clicks in the heads of kids.No doubt about it!
Just another reason to add to my list of why I chose to homeschool my daughter. I realize I’ve not reached the formal homeschool years but I’ve been “homeschooling” her since birth.Interestingly recently she was flipping through her ABCJesusLovesMe coloring pages, pointed to Jesus and said “Jesus,Jesus..Mommy.Jesus” My daughter’s neurologist recently said she wanted to try decrease her Keppra so that she is on just 2 medications instead of 3.I agree with that…The less medications she’s on the less side effects we see.There is no doubt in my mind that the very recent increase of her Trileptal in the past month has caused her to “rage” so I added B-Complex 50mg and she’s calmed down plenty BUT had I sent her to a “preschool” as most parents today still do I DOUBT I would’ve been able to catch that as quick.I could see a difference in her behavior in just a matter of days after eliminating other possible reasons I eventually pinned it down to the increase of Trileptal.So far inspite of increasing her Trileptal only at night and decreasing the Keppra in the morning she’s been doing great.
One of the best part of homeschooling is going through every life situation my daughter goes through whether it’s good or bad I get to walk through it with her.
Interestingly I was talking to my mom about my daughter’s medicine and the side effects and she told me when I was a teen that I was much worse than my daughter is now which is true-but that at times they felt like giving up on me….followed by I am glad we didn’t…The sad thing is she actually had the nerve to tell me that.I could never say that to my daughter let alone think it because truthfully God gave me the biggest blessing of being a mom so all I will say is and I’ve already told her “I will always fight for you and I will never ever give up on you.I will only give you the best that I can.”My daughter and I have no secrets.She knows almost everything that goes on in my life and her life.She is my best friend.Do other parents actually say this to their kids??