Earlier tonight Vicki randomly counted by 2’s with a little prompting up to 12. I am amazed at what this girl learns from reading Life of Fred.We are not reading them in any specific order yet she is obviously retaining quite a bit at only 3.What I also like about LOF is things inside of the book can also be used as unit studies/lapbooking/notebooking.I’ve seen several homeschool parents do this and at some point we probably will as well.
Today was one of the first time Vicki has shown kindness since starting My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train.Today we went to the store and on the way checking out the cashier told her how pretty she is so here is my daughter smiling underneath her pacifier. The cashier kept telling her “You’re so pretty.” but Vicki said “You’re so pretty.You’re so pretty.” That was the sweetest thing she has said to another person. Something about MFW clicks with her. Glad to see progress from it.
So today my daughter and I went to one of our many cousin’s bridal shower.It was nice.Lots of family we don’t get to see often so when we get together it’s nice to catch up. Well,of course, as any mom will understand when there’s get togethers the question that as always come up is “Did she start preschool yet?” My answer:”No,not yet. She’s going to be homeschooled.We do preschool at home” So,I told V as an example of what she knows already ,what is 2+5…V responds “equals 7”,5+2…V responds “equals 7” 0+7…V responds “equals 7”. You should’ve seen the relatives eyes..It was as if to say “Wow,that’s amazing.And she’s only turning 3” I explained right now we’re doing curriculums with 2 years and 3 year focuses. Sometimes we do it in the morning, afternoon,before bed just whenever we can “squeeze it in” and before bed we read Fred and King. They asked what’s that? I told them it’s a book(e book asked one family member and I responded No,it’s a regular book), a regular book in story form that has math and other topics like science, history all of that in it..She loves it..She’s always bringing it all over the house with her. I asked her “V,what’s your favorite book?” V’s response “Kingyo”(Kingie)
It’s amazing she knows this already because from what I understand here in Hawaii anyways the child is expected to know all his/her ABC’s,how to read, write, and know their numbers and even basic algebra all in Kindergarten! I’m like “really, wow!” That’s a lot of pressure on parents today. Also heard one mom say that her daughter who can’t be more than 7 already has a boyfriend. Me,I am thinking 7 and a boyfriend that’s just way too young and this is why I homeschool to “rid” her of all these temptations. Just another reason to add to my list.
On another note from tomorrow I will be taking my beautiful daughter who already has an amazing life story/testimony to church to really get to know God and who He is. This is a big area for our homeschool is to really get to know God spiritually and instill it in her while she’s young.This is something I don’t recall having in my childhood and I think if I knew God when I was my daughter’s age and had that upbringing I might have made different choices in how I walked my life so based on my upbringing I chose different of course.
We will also be involved in the church homeschool ministry so she will have more socialization.As some knows I’ve blogged about developmentally my daughter is not able to do dance lessons and I am still going to look into creative movement and creative dance to see if we can do a trial class. If we can that would be great because we’d need to see if she will 1)separate from me,2)Give me her paci/cracker bag 3) join the class. If we can’t do a trial class or if we can do a trial class and she won’t do any of the three then we won’t be able to do creative movement, creative dance and pre jazz or pre ballet classes for awhile. All that to say if we had a gym in town closer to us I’d sign her up in a heartbeat so she’d have exercise and socialization but there are none in town. I also can’t sign her up for church sunday school because while she’s days from turning 3 she is not potty trained and to attend sunday school she needs to be potty trained so that’s another off the list for awhile. What’s left? Homeschool ministry provided by our church for socialization. See,just today she actually interacted and played with one girl who was about Kindergarten age.She showed V how to play with something and V copies.The two played nicely. I was there right next to her so since she is just starting to interact with other kids I don’t want to push her to “be on her own” without me being there until I Know she’s comfortable doing so on her own. But,I believe the more we go to these homeschool outings/events for socialization I suspect by the time she’s 4 she may be ready to “play without mom there” and just overseeing her to be sure she’s behaving nicely.
She’s doing great though. No complaints from this Momma! She’s a joy to have and I am thankful I was chosen to be her Mommy!
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!
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.
Vicki is almost finished with the ABCJesusLovesMe 2 year curriculum and we are getting ready to purchase the 3 year curriculum both teacher’s manual and workbook.We will continue to primarily use it to supplement My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train 2s and 3s.What we won’t use in the 3 year curriculum ABCJLM is the handwriting curriculum.I will probably be teaching her the italic way of handwriting with the Getty-Dubay. Looking forward to start it this summer with V!Once we’re finished with ABCJLM I’ll post a review of what she’s learned from the 1 and 2 year curriculums.My Father’s World All Aboard the Animal Train 2s and 3s we’re finishing up the 2nd unit and starting the 3rd unit this week. All About Reading Pre Reading we have honestly not done much because she already knows the letters and the sounds it makes so it doesn’t make sense to just do that aside from reading, tracing letters and numbers.Mostly we’ve been reading the books with the pre reading curriculum and look forward to the first level of the program.Not sure when we will start it.Probably once she has the rhyming down is when I’ll order the 1st level of reading.She does meet the criteria for the first reading level though.My goal is not to push her though it’s for mastery of concept/skills