This morning Vicki received her Life Of Fred Beginner Readers also known as the Eden Series by Dr. Stanley Schmidt. As soon as it came,Vicki is like “Mom box.Mom box” so we opened it and I showed her that it was more “Fred” books and she was so excited. She said “Mom,Fred,Fred book.”You can see her reaction here:Flickr Homeschooling
She is truly a Fred girl because she brings these books all around the house and is always reading them.
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.
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??
Have you heard of “Life of Fred” by Dr.Stanley Schmidt? It has recently come to my attention that there is a “Living Book”type of Math Curriculum similar to Math Lessons for a Living Education which is also on my list to try IF Life of Fred doesn’t work. I have others for backup as well.That’s not my only go to choice. Anyway I was so curious to see what the “hype” was about from so many homeschool moms who use it as a main curriculum I just had to buy one and because Vicki loves to read so why not…It’s a book isn’t it?? I just got it in the mail after waiting anxiously for it.I’ve done my research on the author and the curriculum as well. I have to admit I am addicted to it and let me tell you Math is not my best subject!Even I am so into the book I can just figure out the math. Then again it’s only the very beginning.I may just need to order the whole set for myself.Honestly I just might do that!! We also got the Getty Dubay Italic Handwriting Manuscript in the mail today. It is what Vicki is going to learn in a few years.I realize the book only has minimal practice space though so we will also do copywork as well.Yes in italic mansuscript and there’s lots to choose from…A mom just has to look but I promise it’s there.