Spelling and writing

Today was a good day for Copeland. We looked at Thanksgiving related pictures and stories with mild interest on his part. He wanted to play the games! He did a good job sequencing numbers starting on digits other than 1(2-10, 4-12, etc) but I could tell that it blew his mind…

We worked on spelling too. He would write dictated sounds on a plate of salt. The salt so far has been his best writing surface. It was funny though, after a few dictations he started spelling out the whole example word instead of just the target sound. So, I think spelling will go pretty quickly.

Just Starting Out

 While this is technically week three with our foray into homeschooling, Paul and I decided to change the curriculum.  We had started out using the Well Trained Mind, but I got hooked into Charlotte Mason and Ambleside Online.  We started easing into the different method last week and so far we like it a lot.  Since Cope is only six combined with his communication issues associated with autism we were just having too hard a time keeping up with WTM’s guidelines.  Since we found Ambleside Online, things have gone much more smoothly.  Now I am not stressing to keep up with Ancient history and worrying if any of it is sticking.  Not to mention interest.  I know that Cope loved the Greek Myths, but his eyes seemed to glaze over with anything else. 

I wondered where to start Copeland out with the Ambleside curriculum and we finally settled on year 0.  We figured it would be a good transition into our first year of homeschool and it will still provide the challenge that Cope needs.  The reading list is good and we can always tweak it where we need to.

We were also having issues with Saxon Math.  I know that it is a great program and we know that Cope is capable of performing the exercises required but both he and Paul were getting frustrated.  We found this old book called First Lessons in Arithmetic published by the Jones Bros.  and have been using it since.  Wow!  What a difference it has made.  The lessons are worded simply and they use pictures to assist with arithmetic. 

The slate boards that I purchased have made a difference in Cope’s writing.  We don’t know if it is the size or weight or if it is just something different from paper but Cope actually enjoys writing on them!  And we have seen vast improvement in his letter and number formation.  This is enormous since writing has been Cope’s biggest source of frustration his entire school career.  Well, that’s it for now.  Time to plan for tomorrow!