Why we'd been looking into homeschool before COVID-19
Our eldest, EG - age 8, is behind in reading. Sure, she's on an ISP with the district school despite attending a parochial school. Yes, she gets extra help and sees the reading resource teacher 4 days a week (also known as every day the teacher is on site). The school is doing pretty much about all they can. While we appreciate it, EG is still behind and, given how both she and her teacher describe her behavior in class, falling further behind.
So, with this sudden homeschool requirement (and please note that as of this writing we've been out of school for 1.5 weeks and had exactly 1 e-learning day), I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to find out what EG's true reading level is and help her advance.
With that in mind, let me tell you about the online and offline things we are doing for homeschool.
First, I assessed EG's reading level using ReadingEggs.com. They have a 30 day trial going on -- we actually started ours before schools closed in our state. The assessment came back with a reading level of 6 years old -- kindergarten.
EG is 8 and in second grade. She describes herself as not understanding the written directions and waiting for the kids around her to help her figure out what to do (because the teacher is often busy too).
Since I know EG also has a tendency to blow-off tests, her reading level might be higher. Either way, I decided to go with the lower level. My objective: get EG feeling confident in reading.
I think both her reading and her confidence in reading have already improved. It might not be by a grade level -- I'm sure she's still behind -- but she has improved.
EG is actually at grade level in math and a bit bored. The school is using Eureka Math for teaching. EG is one of those who has a certain amount of addition and subtraction memorized. She also has little interest in learning yet another way to do something she already knows how to do just because. Math is actually fairly easy for her to pick up on and I'm not pushing it too much.
What EG's math looks like now:
Later this week she will start using Khan Academy for math (I'm figuring out where to start her so she doesn't get bored)
All those other subjects...
I'll be honest, my mental energy isn't high enough to do a whole lot more. I've never been a professional teacher. The reading and math take up the better part of 2 hours for us. So, for now, other subjects are getting shoved aside. That said...
We are watching Home Safari at the Cincinnati Zoo daily as our science lesson. We also watched the live births of a hippo and a giraffe.
For Physical Education and to get our wiggles out, we've been watching GoNoodles, Cosmic Kids Yoga -- which the kids ask for the most, and Coach Wood.
For the Pre-schooler:
For math we practice counting to twenty in English and Spanish. I'd like to add shape and color identification into the mix in the coming days. It's all about getting things set out beforehand!
That's it for us -- for now!
Please drop me a comment or email and let me know about how you've structured your sudden homeschool days. Thanks. Enjoy this time as best you can. It's weird and great and hard and fun all at once.
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