Thankfully, VBS is just one week of the year and so next week we will be at home...except for soccer practice that starts and will be every night of the week!. Can you hear my anxiety? I've avoided the every night of the week plus Saturday activity schedule for 9 years. But, it's finally come to our home and we will tackle it over the next three months!
In the meantime, I have some other projects to tackle this week before we start our school year and add everything back onto math. My projects are 1) to finish writing Autumn's US History curriculum and 2) to study learning methodology when it comes to spelling struggles so that I can design a new reading/spelling/writing program for Sami. She does very well with decoding (sounding out) words, but struggles with encoding (breaking apart and attaching sounds to letters).
Here is a list of what I'm reading:
http://learningstylemethods.wikispaces.com/file/view/Favre+Kinesthetic.pdf a paper on Kinesthetic learners (Sami cannot sit down and does all her work standing up)
multicat.homestead.com/files/spelling_tips_for_ld.ppt was very helpful and interesting. You do have to
download it to read it, but it should open in protected view on your computer.
A spelling unit with rules in it--not for grades K-3. These are higher level words.
http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/LD-ADHD/1021-spelling-elementary-students-with-ld.gs?page=all This page has some interesting info in it. The programs they refer to are very expensive, but I'll post a summary of my conclusions from all of these pages at the end of this post.
http://soundcityreading.com/consonantpatternsall.pdf A great pdf file with consonant blends and endings.
A great explanation of how spelling can be taught to children with learning disabilities or spelling difficulties:
1. http://www.ncsip.org/reading/Teaching-Word-Identification-and-Spelling-Word-Identification.pdf The first part is on reading, but pages 9-16 are on spelling.
My husband pointed out to me that all of this is educational theory--it is not fact. It is theory based upon research testing and observation.
This is interesting to me to remember. As a homeschooler, my job is to help my children learn. I observe what clicks and what doesn't. I read a book a few years ago that made a very good point to me. It titled Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Ross W. Greene. His point was that rather than diagnosing and labeling kids, we need to identify their struggles and help them learn coping strategies to help them instead. I think the same can be said of learners. How a child learns is very complex. I am continually amazed at how God has wired our brains!
More food for thought...
More food for thought...