Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Music to My Ears

Well, 'pass the salt and call me a slug', I couldn't believe what I heard come out of Pooh's mouth yesterday. We had had a bit of a lag with schoolwork due to lots of goings on and outings and yesterday we sat down to get going again. He asked (With Excitement!!) for Our Island Story!!!

The last two times we've read it, we've had a bit of a struggle because I think he was starting to tune me out. His narrations were weak. That's why it was such a surprise that of all the books for Year 1 he asked for that one.

It wasn't on the schedule for yesterday and actually he's got to wait about a week and a half before the next story from that book. (I love the anticipation factor in the AO schedule). Hopefully, the addition next week of the James Herriot stories will allay his calls for OIS. I can't wait to read Moses the Kitten. I remember watching All Creatures Great and Small on PBS with my dad when I was a kid. (My Dad is British so we watched a lot of PBS. LOL I've even got The King--my latino hubby--hooked on Masterpiece Theater now.)

I'm learning that the key with Pooh is to make sure and do shorter readings. Even the OIS chapter is too long right now for him to listen and narrate. So I take it in paragraphs. Same thing with 50 Famous Stories. I believe that Narration has to be our focus for Year 1. He's going to need to practice and we'll try to use different types of narration in the process. Oral, drawings and even figurines to act it out.

I almost feel like we're developing a rhythm with our schedule. Whaddya' know?!?

3 comments:

live4evermom said...

Way'da go sis!

The Glasers said...

Oh how fun . . . my dh who grew up in El Salvador and never took any English literature is now watching stuff like Cranford, Bleak House, and Pride and Prejudice with me. He finally found a Shakespeare movie he liked (The Merchant of Venice). Maybe some day, he will start reading them . . .

Congratulations on Pooh . . . you just never know when they are ready to take the next big step!!!

Snoopy dancing!

Christine said...

Hi. I found your blog through a comment that you left on mine. It is so nice to "meet" other homeschooling moms that are also doing RDI!!

Oh, and your boys are beautiful!!