|I love little boys in suits! Daniel is getting too chubby for his though. :(|
Besides Abeka, I have used some of the information from the Spell to Write and Read program. Though I feel like Abeka has an excellent phonics program, I think this enhances it even more. I am using parts of this program to teach the English class too. In the evenings we are doing piano lessons...somewhat irregular right now, but I am surprised at how much Anna is grasping. Being a piano teacher before God called us to the mission field, I was familiar with many of the popular teaching courses (Alfred's, Thompson's, Faber...) but was introduced to a course on deputation that looked excellent. When we were Stateside for furlough I ordered the Madonna Woods Piano Course for Christians Preparatory level set. I love their approach! Most of the other books start children out on the black keys, playing by finger number - slowly moving them to letters then to the staff. This program starts them on the staff from the start - no letters written on the notes. I cannot express how much I have enjoyed this course! When we returned home I discovered that this wasn't the course I WANTED to order. The course I meant to order was the Mary Jo Moore Piano Course. I have recently just ordered the first book from that course as well and am anxious to see what it is like. For me, I ordered The Concert Hymn Book. I can't wait to play it! Since I don't have time to play classical music anymore, I feel I have become more rusty. This would help me brush up on classical skills and also see them in relation to the hymns I am playing. While we were in the States I also ordered the first book of Draw Write Now. We haven't gotten started with it again, but drew one picture when on furlough. The kids LOVED it! It really could almost be a complete curriculum. Example: We drew a hen the first lesson. They talked a little about hens and gave recommendations for books on hens so you can learn more about hens, eggs, etc. Love, Love LOVE it! I wish we had a library near so we could do the book list too, but since we don't, my plan is to find videos and information online for us to read as we go. It is an art, writing, history, science, etc. class all in one! We will be starting with that again this week.
|The girls and I brought home chocolate muffins the day we went out.|
|Daniel liked those MUCH better than his birthday cake. :|