Pretty well, considering how I stretched it out to fit the therapies in. I think it got a little too thin for a while, and the term 2 exam reflected that, but we got back on track and the term 3 exam restored my faith in his abilities (and mine, as the teacher!). As always, thank you to AmblesideOnline for an amazing free curriculum and support! I'm still a huge fan of the Charlotte Mason education method - more so every year as I see the fruits of our labors.
|Sixth Grade using AO year 5|
|Summer visit to replica of Lincoln's childhood home|
|1st day of school - everything done, handicraft completed!|
I was hoping he would start filling in the bubbles (checkboxes) himself in year 4, but that only happened a couple of times. Handing over responsibility is difficult when he is the only student and its just easier to do it myself, and hard to get him to remember new routines. This year, I told him that was one of our goals. As long as I stay out of the way (sit on my hands, if that's what it takes), he will do it himself.
|2 weeks in, 9 days of AO completed|
|Drawing tools, math game, and artists prints from office supply store|
|Working hard on that paracord bracelet|
|Details about reading assignments, 1st 3 weeks|
We did a good job fitting in Shakespeare and Plutarch's Lives in year 4, so we will continue that in year 5. Instead of doing both each week, I do 6 AO weeks per play or life, which is more like 7-8 weeks, so its plenty of time to spread it out and take it slow, but not spread out TOO far.
We are also continuing Grammar this term (web activities and MadLibs), and will add Latin to that time slot in term 2 or 3, depending on how he progresses. I found used DVD's for Latin for Children, so will get the books to go with that and see how it goes! I did let Spanish drop in year 4, so we have picked that up where we left of in Rosetta Stone, and added the videos from KnowItAll.
For copywork and dictation, we now use Simply Spelling. We started that in January after Vision Therapy was completed. He did really well with it, copying in print in a 3rd grade copy book (the kind that has space between the lines and a center guide line). I've gone back for some cursive practice in his old Penmanship book, and will use that now and then so he doesn't loose that hard-won skill. (Remember, he has dysgraphia and reversal issues, so spelling and handwriting don't come easy.)
Right Start. I switched last fall after too many tears made the previous program just not work. I chose to start 3/4's of the way through Level B, and we are now 3/4 through Level C. (I hope to get him through that by mid-October and through Level D by the end of next summer so that he stays on track for Algebra in 9th grade.)
|1st poem in year 5 to memorize|