Well its the middle of May and we are so ready for a vacation! It's a struggle every year to finish strong and complete as closely as we can, our goals that we made at the beginning of the year. [or adjusted goals back in January or March!] So when we do meet a goal it is a good reason to celebrate. Today Lillian completed List I4 in SWR by adding her sentence at the bottom. As the youngest of 7 with many years between them she's had the cynical view of school way younger than her siblings ever did. She's got college and adult siblings that moan about annoying professors, unreasonable papers or projects and those dreaded finals. Not a happy picture of school really. I wish I had never called our time together 'school', but instead called it one-on-one time or mommy and me time- something she wouldn't associate with her worldly knowledge of that word. Because of this she's had an ornery attitude from pretty much the beginning of our very loose, fun, relaxed introduction to the basics. For some reason, she loves math, so no problems there, but spelling and phonograms? Not so willing. Since she is young and I've had a few later readers, I decided to take the nonchalant approach. So I am very satisfied that we completed the suggested K grade track for her first official year with the program. Next year I will let her know she's expected to do more with less attitude, but for now, we'll celebrate!
The plus side; she's well on her way to automaticity in reading. My summer goal is to simply read, read, read together; preferably in a hammock under a tree.
I really appreciated Janet Spitler's post on the IEW website on finishing the year well. I agree with her whole heartily and plan to use all three habits here during our last week or two of formal schooling.