No, we didn’t accomplish much school work, but I managed to get some work done on the computer. We did do a reading lesson each day, and Stiggy went to his PE session, but we missed pottery painting. We didn’t get much outside time, which I feel guilty about, but hey, I was ill.
We started with handicrafts this week. I taught Stiggy how to thread a needle, what the ‘eye’ of the needle is, and how to stitch without turning the canvas over. I’m using the lessons from here.
However, I’m not sure he’s ready to use a real needle yet, so we may do fingerknitting next week.
We read some poetry. Stiggy really likes Roald Dahl’s Songs and Verse. I don’t agree with Ambleside Online’s take on poetry; I think silly, humourous poetry is great, and Roald Dahl is certainly not twaddle, so we’re reading as much as we like of it.
Even though I’ve sworn off unit studies, I’ve noticed that Stiggy really did absorb a lot about leaves. It’s raised his awareness anyway, and he comments quite a bit about the leaves, and wants to pick leaves to take home.
Oh, and we began Handwriting Without Tears. I was planning to wait to begin this for another year, or even two, since it’s usually good to wait for formal handwriting lessons. But my son seems to be the exception to the rule regarding boys and writing: he loves to write and will ask me to create copywork for him. He’ll ask me to write a sentence or list of things, then he’ll go off and write it himself. Because of all this writing, I want him to be able to write the letters properly; I can already see bad habits in his writing and the longer I leave it, the more difficult it will be to correct it. And he enjoys HWOT, so it’s not work to him.
We also finished reading Charlotte’s Web and watched the movie this weekend.
Hmm…I guess we did get a few things done this week. 🙂
So why am I using HWOT when my son enjoys writing and is a prime candidate for a more difficult font? (Sigh) I was planning on teaching him italic handwriting, as recommended by Charlotte Mason, or New American Cursive. The problem with cursive, at this point, is that he’s had no exposure to it and can’t even read it, let alone write it. Also, his MCP workbook is in manuscript (as are all workbooks) and it would be strange, or even impossible (at times) for him to be filling it in in cursive. As for the italics…I just don’t think it’s a very functional way of writing. Beautiful, but slow and cumbersome. And my biggest reason: I think it would probably be a waste of time. How many of us, as adults, actually write in the font we were taught in school? We all have our own style of writing and change what we’ve learned into something very original. I don’t want to be looking at his writing, after spending all that time teaching him italics and saying, ‘Good work…but it’s not in italics.’
The argument may be that yes, his writing style will evolve, but because of the font he was taught, it will evolve into something equally beautiful. Maybe. Maybe not. And he is only 4, so I think the simple font of HWOT is more practical. And I feel these things develop in steps. If we want to do italics, it would be useful for him to know how to create the basic letter shapes well. Maybe after we get through HWOT we’ll move on to cursive fairly soon.
Have lots planned next week. I’m really excited because I think he’s going to enjoy it, but if we don’t get to it all, there’s always the next week.