So, who else is back at work today? We meant to do more over break than we did, but my kids aren't behind, so I don't care. DS1 did finish up Science 4 over break and Science 5 is on the way. He has about 5 lessons left in history 4, which we had planned to finish over break and never made it to - so he's going to do that in place of science until Science 5 materials arrive.
The kids haven't been giving me too much trouble getting back into it today. DD and DS2 (4 yo) are sick and losing their voices, which is keeping things mellow (less yelling, less running around, more sitting quietly playing).
Does anyone else here have a first or second grader? How are they doing with writing? DD is a 1st grader (6 and a half) in second grade LA, and she's really struggling with writing and spelling. She can read amazingly well - both decoding and comprehending. Not as well as DS1 could at her age, but he's a bit of a special case when it comes to reading. Anyhow, she completely blanks out when it comes to spelling things beyond c-v-c words and stuggles a lot with handwriting (mostly word spacing, letter size, capitalization, etc) when she's not directly copying from the line above (and even then, she has a hard time getting the letters to stay a reasonable and consistent size). I admit that we're not great about handwriting practice, because she hates it so much. DS1 has gawdawful handwriting, too, but it's a different sort of gawdawful
. Anyhow, I'm wondering how your 6 and seven year olds are doing with writing. I'm wondering if I'm just noticing it more because she's a year ahead in LA (and every other subject but Art), and her writing might be right on par for your average first grader. Spelling is another issue I'm not sure whether I should push. Part of me feels like it will just come with time. She feels so defeated when she can't pass the assessments - and then we have to move on because, unlike 3rd and up, 2nd grade spelling is integrated with literature. So I have to pass her on the assessments, or we'll be stuck in every other part of LA indefinitely. DS1 is an excellent speller and never even looks at any of the spelling materials - just takes the assessments. He absorbed spelling rules by osmosis during all his early reading adventures - if he had any formal spelling training, he could be one of those national spelling bee kids - so it's hard to gauge where a more average 6 year old should be.