Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where I Will Ruin the Ending of a Book for You

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Not enough really happened this week to justify a day-by-day recap, so I’ll just free form it this time. 

Football

We kicked off the weekend with the first tailgate of the year.  So much better than last year’s first tailgate when we tried to give Ryan heat stroke for his birthday.  The weather this year has been so nice, it’s almost like we weren’t living in Oklahoma. 

That is until mid-week when allergies took out me and Alex.  We managed to get most of the schoolwork accomplished except for some read-alouds.  It is hard to read when you can’t breathe.  Apparently OKC was just named the #10 worst place to live for those suffering from seasonal allergies.  That is pretty much everyone.  Something out here is going to make you sneeze eventually.

One of my major challenges every day is getting Alex to go outside.  He always has an excuse for not going.  In his defense, I don’t want to be out there either.  It is always way too hot (or cold), windy (which means dusty), and you are likely to be attacked by several species of bugs and spiders.  We have the added benefit of living near a creek, so we get snakes…indoors.

My second week of Sunday school went well.  I taught the creation story and introduced the Trinity.  The kids notebooked.  The girls drew beautiful flowers and the boys drew bears and Army men.  You know, on the sixth day, God made Army men.

School this week was nothing real exciting except that Alex borrowed some new books from a friend.  One of them was A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace.  He was loving it.  Read the whole thing over the course of a few days.  On the last day, he spent almost all of his quiet time sitting on the couch with it.  I noticed he was almost finished and asked if he was going to keep reading to the end.  He looked up at me with a sad kind of look and said,

*SPOILER ALERT*

“The dog dies.”

I almost teared up and I haven’t even read the darn thing.  Poor kid.  I didn’t mean to traumatize him with free reading time.  This author has other books about dogs, but now I’m a little nervous about getting them.  Maybe he’s gone on a dog killing spree that I want no part of.  I’m pretty sure I’m taking this harder than Alex did.  It was just all so shocking!

Ryan whined a lot this week.  Alex had a den meeting and earned his Bobcat badge.  Cooper learned to say ‘apple.’  Josh did baby stuff.  Those are the highlights, people.  Have a great weekend!

~Catie


 

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7 Days of Creation Notebooking Pages–Free Download

I recently taught the story of creation from Genesis to my Kindergarten Sunday school class.  Here are the notebooking pages that the kids used to tell back the lesson.  There is one page for each creation day.

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These pages are great for young children who may not be writing much yet.  There is a big space to draw, a few lines to write, and a nice graphic to help the child remember what happened on each day.  Download the 7 Days of Creation Notebooking Pages and enjoy!


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Goals for the Week of September 16, 2013

Do you have goals?  That sounds so much better than a to do list.  With the word goal, I feel like I win a prize when they are done.  Here is where I share my weekly challenges.


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Lots of success this week with my goals!  I love writing down stuff that I was going to do anyway.  On a super bad day, I might just put something like take a shower on my to do list.  It is quite the confidence booster to mark something off.

Homeschool/Mothering Goals

1. Finish the quarter and send tests/grades to Seton.  (Woot!  One quarter down, three to go.)

Personal Goals

2. Read two chapters of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor.  My women’s faith study group is discussing this.  We are two chapters in so far.  It is a quick and easy read and I am always a sucker for conversion stories.

Blog Goals

3.  Link up to two blog carnivals. (I have been able to link up to three on a regular basis now:  Hip Homeschool Hop, Weekly Wrap-Up, and 10 Goals at Money Saving Mom)

4.  Write down a blogging schedule for the week and month. (I wrote down a lot of ideas last week.  Now I just have to carve out more time for blogging.  I know this will come as babies start sleeping more, but I am impatient.)

Home Management Goals

5.  Try three new paleo meals. (This week I tried a meatloaf, avocado chicken enchiladas, and turkey meatballs.  I thought they were all pretty good. The boys were not having an adventurous week though.)

6.  Use up the fruits, veggies, and leftovers that I have before they spoil. (My shopping habits have had to change since we started eating paleostyle.  I either seem to buy way too much or way too little.)

7.  Begin planning next week’s menu.

Sunday School Goals

8.  Finish plans for next week’s lesson.

9.  Write my weekly letter to parents.

Outreach/Friendship Goals

10. Take a meal to a friend who recently had a baby. (My friend is a regular reader of my blog, so let me start by apologizing profusely for not getting to this yet.  Maybe next Saturday!)

Our football team has a bye and there is no Sunday school this week, so I should be super productive.  There are about 597 projects around the house that I have been meaning to get to for the past year and a half.  I’m going to pick one and get started. 

Homeschool/Mothering Goals

1. Spend thirty minutes of one-on-one learning time with Ryan every morning.

Personal Goals

2. Read two more chapters of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor

Blog Goals

3.  Link up to my three regular blog carnivals.

4.  Write one blog post that is not one of these three regular posts.  I’m sure everyone will tire quickly of goals and wrap-ups. 

Home Management Goals

5.  Stick to my weekly menu.

6.  Clean out one cabinet in the kitchen and the junk drawers.  I feel like clutter is piling up, again.

7.  Begin planning next week’s menu.

Sunday School Goals

8.  Prepare the next lesson, even though we don’t have class.  Then I will be ahead!

Outreach/Friendship Goals

9.  Email a friend that recently moved.

10.  Find a birthday gift for one of Alex’s close friends.

My success this week all depends on our plans for the weekend.  Right now I don’t have any, but that changes quickly around here.  We are looking at a pretty rainy week which means that Kendall may have to mow on Saturday.  We also haven’t had a visit from Grammy H. in a while.  She usually comes over every other weekend.

Have a great week!

~Catie

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Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where Seton Rocks!

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We had an easy week this time.  Not only was hubby home from his work trip, but we finished our first quarter!  The time has just flown by in a big blur this year.  I’m going to try a day-by-day recap this time.  Here we go:

Sunday
It was my first day of Sunday school.  In case you don’t remember, I am back to teaching the Kindergarten class after taking a year off to have two babies…not at the same time.  I really, really plan on polishing up a post about each class and publishing it somewhere on my Religious Education page.  Unfortunately, if I plan on blogging regularly, I have to get up at 6AM every. single. day.  So far, that isn’t happening.

Anywho, our first class was an attempt to get a group of 14 five-year-olds to understand that time moves along in a linear fashion, and we are going to talk about events that happened waaaaay in the past.  To better illustrate this concept, I had the kids make a little timeline of their life.  Their lifetime line, if you will.

Yeah, that was a hoot.  I made the mistake of giving them little pictures to glue onto their craft.  Things like lost a tooth, moved to a new house, and was baptized.  Mostly they just started randomly gluing on pictures.  Then a few began to include imaginary items on their timelines.  When one little boy looked up at me with glee in his eyes and announced, “I’m gonna draw a ninja!” I was pretty sure I had lost them.

Monday
IMG_1136After a successful outing with all four boys to PE, we finished up a bit of schoolwork.  The real excitement began in the evening when Alex went to his very first cub scout pack meeting, ever.

The boys made catapults out of spoons, craft sticks, and rubber bands.  Then they listened to a talk on first aid and had to tend to an injured patient using this new knowledge.  I am not at all experienced with scouting yet, but it seemed like a fairly ordinary meeting to me.  It doesn’t take much to impress Alex though.  He says to me on the way home, “I’m not sure that was the greatest pack meeting ever, since it is my only one.  But it was pretty great!”

Tuesday
This was the last day of school for the week.  We finished up the first quarter and I submitted my grades to Seton online.  I also spent a good 45 minutes figuring out how to scan from my HP Officejet Pro 8600. (A shameless affiliate link, but honestly a really great printer that doesn’t use a ton of ink. Don’t be alarmed that it took me so long to scan.  I’m technologically challenged when it comes to printers.)

Once I scanned his tests, uploading them was a cinch.  And I kid you not, Seton had all three tests graded within five minutes of the upload.  Seton rocks!

Wednesday
Ryan and Josh had doctor appointments this morning.  Josh is a whopping 17 pounds.  I’m not accustomed to such a big baby.  I look like a fool trying to lug him around in the carrier.  I’ve got bruises all over my shins from it bumping into me as I attempt to haul him to and from the car while carrying Cooper.  Why do we moms insist on being pack mules? 

Oh, and first thing in the morning my hubby sent me this picture to show me what we would be doing tonight. SCORE!

IMG_1137But before this awesomeness could ensue, Ryan, Alex and I went to a potluck at church for the RE program.  That was fantastic.  The boys played with their friends and I got to talk to like five or six other adults.  Crazy!

Thursday
I think the most eventful thing was grocery shopping, so I will take this opportunity to talk about the big news around town.  A once reputable sports magazine decided to run what amounts to a political smear campaign against my alma mater.  If you pay no mind to college sports, just skip down to Friday.  If you want a good laugh, go read the SI article.  But if you are a loyal Cowboys fan, like me, and want a really good laugh, just check out any of the recent articles on Pistols Firing.

Friday
Alright, enough with the drama.  Let’s wrap this up.  I drug the boys to my women’s faith study this morning.  We are trying to come up with a catchy name for ourselves before next weekend’s stewardship fair.  I threw All The Maters out there.  We’ll see if it sticks.

Ryan was ecstatic that I let him have his quiet time outside.  The afternoon was filled with visits from family and friends.  Now I am blogging. The end.

I am looking forward to a busy weekend of football, scouting, and Sunday school.  I hope you all have a blessed week.

~ Catie


 

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Goals for the Week of September 9, 2013

Do you have goals?  That sounds so much better than a to do list.  With the word goal, I feel like I win a prize when they are done.  Here is where I share my weekly challenges.


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My last list of goals was way to ambitious considering that I was a single mom for most of last week.  I think I should try to do less stuff.  On to the recap.

Homeschool/Mothering Goals

1. Catch up on my record keeping before the end of the quarter.  (Still working on it, but some progress.)

Holiday Goals (It is never too early!)

2. Finalize plans for food and gifts for the birthday party.

3. Order at least one Christmas gift.

Personal Goals

4. Begin reading Protein Power.  (I did begin, but probably will not finish.  It needs to go back to the library and I have other books to read now.

Blog Goals

5. Write at least two posts this week.

Home Management Goals

6.  Search Amazon for more subscribe and save options.  Did you know that if you subscribe to five shipments a month that your discount goes up to 20% instead of 5% if you are an Amazon Mom member?  With the extra percentage off, I am saving money on coconut milk, toilet paper, and Larabars. I also order two sizes of diapers from Amazon with my Amazon Mom discount of 20%.  Join Amazon Mom for free!

7. Clean something, anything.  (The best way to get a house clean is to invite a bunch of people over.  I even dusted the living room before Ryan’s birthday party!)

8. Rework my grocery budget given our new paleo eating plan.  Paleo is yummy, but not cheap. (I think the problem is that I have a new budget, I just don’t like spending that much money on food.  I also don’t like feeling sick all the time, so I guess I will just have to deal with it.)

Sunday School Goals

9. Since I am a crazy person, I decided to go back to teaching Sunday school.  I’m sure God will make the time for me to accomplish this.  I just have to make sure not to waste what I am given.  My goal is to map out lessons, at least the first three. (Well, I finished the one that I taught last week Smile)

Outreach/Friendship Goals

10. Take a meal to a friend who recently had a baby. (I will. I promise.)

I am still going to try for ten goals again, but many of these are things I must do.  If I don’t plan my Sunday School lesson, that would be an epic disaster.  I have also already started on many of these goals.

Homeschool/Mothering Goals

1. Finish the quarter and send tests/grades to Seton. 

Personal Goals

2. Read two chapters of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor.  My women’s faith study group is discussing this.  We are two chapters in so far.  It is a quick and easy read and I am always a sucker for conversion stories.

Blog Goals

3.  Link up to two blog carnivals.

4.  Write down a blogging schedule for the week and month.

Home Management Goals

5.  Try three new paleo meals.

6.  Use up the fruits, veggies, and leftovers that I have before they spoil.

7.  Begin planning next week’s menu.

Sunday School Goals

8.  Finish plans for next week’s lesson.

9.  Write my weekly letter to parents.

Outreach/Friendship Goals

10. Take a meal to a friend who recently had a baby.

Let’s see which kid is going to derail my brilliant plans for progress this week.  My money is on Josh.

~ Catie

 

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Common Core: A Financial Perspective

While tooling around the Facebook this morning, I came across this blog post.  It is not a blog I typically read, but I found a few points in it very interesting.

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Now, I am going to be talking a lot about stuff I know very little about, but I suspect many of you are in the same boat.  I hear the term Common Core thrown around a lot.  The extent of my knowledge is that these are new standards, issued by the federal government, concerning what the Department of Education believes students should learn at each grade level.  It will, of course, include rigorous testing at all levels and I’m sure the school’s performance (i.e. funding) depends on the outcome of these tests.  This doesn’t seem new to me, just the fact that the standards are different than before.

I also get the feeling from the internets that homeschoolers do not like Common Core.  That is understandable anytime the words government and education appear in the same sentence.  I haven’t concerned myself about it much because, well, I live in Oklahoma, where the words federal government alone are a hot topic.  I don’t think I am going to personally be affected by Common Core.

I don’t think that having standards are much of a problem.  I do believe that students should not be pushed into the next grade level if they have not yet achieved the milestones that will be needed there. This sets students up for failure.  (I take issue with the whole ‘grade level’ system in general, but that is a topic for another day.)

I also don’t think that tests are completely evil.  They have their place in helping a teacher know how much information a student has retained.  This is not to say that our current use of standardized testing is serving any real purpose for anyone other than legislators. 

What I found intriguing about the blog post was this idea:

“No one makes money when a school teaches out of ten-year old textbooks using methods that are either common sense, instinctive, or learned twenty years ago.  Seriously.  No one makes money that way.  The only way people make money is when everything is upended and everyone has to start over.

I must be incredibly naïve because I never jump to negative conclusions regarding people’s motives.  I just assumed that the decision makers involved with implementing Common Core have children’s education at heart.  And maybe they do.  But has someone with ulterior motives led them astray? Is there a textbook lobby in Washington?  I wholeheartedly agree that there will be financial consequences to Common Core that will benefit somebody.  Are those people taking advantage of the situation or did they create it in the first place?

And while I agree that some learning is timeless, updated textbooks will be needed once in a while for many subjects. 

So what do you guys think about all this Common Core hullabaloo?  Please, let us know specifics if you are affected by them. 

~ Catie

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Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where Ryan Turns 4!

I am on the lookout for good blog link-ups to help me with finding material to write about.  It turns out that more people read my blog when I post stuff.  Blogs are funny that way.

 

I found this blog carnival from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.  I have also unashamedly stolen the format from her for naming posts (The One Where…etc.) I don’t feel too bad about that though because I am pretty sure she stole this from episodes of Friends. (You know, like The One With the Holiday Armadillo or The One Where Phoebe Runs.)

I almost named this post, The One Where Daddy Abandons Us, but I didn’t want to start out being a Negative Nancy.  It is true though.  Hubby had to go on a work trip for FOUR DAYS!  Not cool. 

So, without further ado, I give you our week in review.

School Happenings

Ryan learned about the letter H using Easy Peasy Getting Ready 1.  He knows most of his letter sounds already, but I don’t think I am quite ready to dive into teaching him how to read just yet. 

Alex is wrapping up his first quarter of second grade!  It does not feel like we have been doing school for forty some odd days, but the calendar doesn’t lie.  I am spreading the end of the quarter over two weeks so he doesn’t have a bunch of tests all on one day.  Not that he minds.  He likes tests.

Baby Happenings

I scraped Cooper’s finger while closing the dryer door.  He had to have a band aid and everything.  Very traumatic.

Josh successfully rolled over to his tummy twice.  I would have been more impressed if I wasn’t so mad at him for not sleeping the night before.  Very exhausting.

Family Happenings

SwimoverBIG weekend for Ryan.  It started with a swimover at Grandma’s house on Sunday night and concluded with a birthday party on Monday.  It was so nice to have some new toys for the boys to play with this week since hubby was ‘working’ out of state.  I also received my monthly Amazon order in a HUGE box.  Seriously, if you ever need to entertain kids and/or pets for a few days, just bring in a big, empty box. 

 

Church Happenings

Apparently we had a couple of homeless men at Mass on Sunday.  The ladies in my faith study group were talking about it.  We had an interesting discussion about how we can be faithful, caring Christians and help these men, while at the same time remaining cautious and safe around strangers.  My takeaway from the discussion was that I am obliviously unobservant. I had no idea that any of this was going on.  I’m sure I was wrestling babies during Mass.  That seems to be how God wishes me to worship him right now. 

I am also a bit surprised to know that we have homeless people in our little town.  I’m not sure yet what I can do about it.  Right now it is just a random happening this week that has made me take pause and be grateful for what I have.

Other Happenings

IMG_1103Saturday kicked off college football.  This is the first time in several years that hubby does not have tickets.  I’m sure we will still be tailgating, but I can’t say that I’m too disappointed that he won’t be disappearing for hours on Saturdays this year. 

In case you didn’t quite catch my feelings on the matter, let me be absolutely clear.  I Do Not like it when daddy is gone.  My heart goes out to all those mommies who have husbands that travel a lot.  I could not do this without almost daily support. 

Go Cowboys!

~ Catie


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5 Tips for Getting Small Children Out of the House When Mommy Doesn’t Get Enough Sleep and Is Cranky

So, this is a very specific set of tips, but I think it is needed by many.  In case you are new to my blog, let me catch you up to speed.  I have four boys ages 7, 4, 1, and 4 months.  At least three times a week, I haul all of them into the minivan and attempt to interact with the outside world.  Here are some life lessons I have learned that make this process less painful for everyone involved.

1.  One Thing, Once a Day

Under no circumstances should you attempt to do this more than once a day.  And I know the temptation to string together a bunch of errands is strong since you are already in the car, but you must keep your outing short.  Anything more than two hours is asking for trouble.  When we go out, we go out for one reason only and come straight home afterwards.

2.  Work Around Naptimes and Mealtimes

I like to head out of the door shortly after breakfast if the timing is something I can control.  If it happens to be a later time (PE class is at 11:30), then I let the babies sleep in as much as possible.  I also keep everyone well fed before we load up.  On PE days, they have a mini-lunch at 10:30.  Bring food if you think you will need a snack while out.  I also make sure to have a binky for each baby and a swaddle blanket for Josh.

3. Go to the Potty Before Getting in the Car (EVERYONE!)

This rule is non-negotiable.  I don’t want to hear, “But I don’t need to go.”  You must try.

4.  Prepare the Next Meal Beforehand

Chances are everyone will be hungry again when you return, so have lunch or snack prepared before you even walk in the door.  On PE days, I make the boys a cold lunch and put it in separate containers in the refrigerator.  They get out of the van, go to the bathroom, and grab their lunches all by themselves while I talk the babies off the ledge with bottles and the promise of naptimes.

5.  Pray, Slow Down, and Have Fun

It goes without saying that if you must be somewhere at a set time, get up early so you aren’t rushed.  If you are going to be late, just make a phone call and don’t start running and yelling.  Frazzled Mommy is not someone that other people want to hang out with, and seeing other humans is the entire point of leaving the house in the first place.  Pray for patience.  Speak kindly.  Enjoy the time together.  Good luck.

~ Catie


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Goals for the Week of August 26, 2013

Do you have goals?  That sounds so much better than a to do list.  With the word goal, I feel like I win a prize when they are done.  Here is where I share my weekly challenges.

I gave myself a week and a half to complete my goal list this time.  It helped a little, but I still don’t get much done other than the basics around here.  I renewed my call to get up before the babies, only to be awoken by three different children during the night.  I did manage to drag out of bed by 7, but both of the big boys were already up.  Ryan was watching Wild Kratts on the iPad and Alex had started his schoolwork.  I have until 8 to make breakfast before Ryan starts to have food withdrawal symptoms.

Here is my recap of last week:

Homeschool/Mothering Goals

1. Finish making a file folder game, maybe.  I don’t feel too committed to this one, so it may not happen.  I felt I needed to have at least one here, lest you all think I am a terrible mother. (I told you this wouldn’t get done)

Holiday Goals (It is never too early!)

2. Figure out who’s stocking I am in charge of this year.  We draw names for the adults.  Santa takes care of the kids.  (Thanks, Caren!)

3. Make plans for Ryan’s birthday party. He is almost 4! (Date and time have been set.  Gift ideas have been distributed.)

Personal Goals

4.  Finish reading The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do. (An interesting read, but I’m not real sure there was much practical advice in there for me to use.  I did write down a few more books that were cited.)

Blog Goals

5.  Look back at old posts and draw up a doable blogging schedule.

Home Management Goals

6,  We recently switched to a paleo-style diet.  It has done wonders keeping Ryan and me on an even keel.  I need to find at least five recipes for meals made with ground beef and devise an organizing system for them. ( Along with taco salad, hamburgers, spaghetti on squash, and green sliders, I tried out Asian hamburger and mushrooms and shepherd’s pie this week.  All were very tasty.)

 

And my new goals for the week:

Homeschool/Mothering Goals

1. Catch up on my record keeping before the end of the quarter.

Holiday Goals (It is never too early!)

2. Finalize plans for food and gifts for the birthday party.

3. Order at least one Christmas gift.

Personal Goals

4. Begin reading Protein Power.

Blog Goals

5. Write at least two posts this week.

Home Management Goals

6.  Search Amazon for more subscribe and save options.  Did you know that if you subscribe to five shipments a month that your discount goes up to 20% instead of 5% if you are an Amazon Mom member?  With the extra percentage off, I am saving money on coconut milk, toilet paper, and Larabars. I also order two sizes of diapers from Amazon with my Amazon Mom discount of 20%.  Join Amazon Mom for free! (Please read my comment below regarding this goal.)

7. Clean something, anything.

8. Rework my grocery budget given our new paleo eating plan.  Paleo is yummy, but not cheap.

Sunday School Goals

9. Since I am a crazy person, I decided to go back to teaching Sunday school.  I’m sure God will make the time for me to accomplish this.  I just have to make sure not to waste what I am given.  My goal is to map out lessons, at least the first three.

Outreach/Friendship Goals

10. Take a meal to a friend who recently had a baby.

Good luck with all you do this week!

~ Catie

 

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Seton Grade 2 Book Reports–Problems and Challenges

We are coming up on the end of our first quarter as enrolled members of Seton Home Study School.  For the most part, I am extremely happy with them and do not regret spending the money to be enrolled.  However, I knew going in that there would be some challenges using a curriculum in which I did not hand pick every detail.

I posted yesterday on Facebook that we were having a lot of issues with the book reports.  The lesson plans from Seton are to read a children’s book once a week and discuss the characters, plot, setting, etc.  This is not the difficult part.  They also include a form for the student to fill out answering these questions, and we are to submit two reports per year for Seton to grade. (If I want Seton to give a grade, that is. Which I do.)  It is this form that is causing most of the hassle.  So, I sent a detailed email to the Seton counselors this morning outlining my concerns.

Hello,

This is our first year with Seton and we are having a hard time with the book reports.  We are coming up on the end of our first quarter and have been trying to do one book report per week, following the format of the book report form.  My son is a good reader and narrates the stories back with a lot of detail, but he struggles with handwriting and spelling.  With that being said, here are the challenges that I have noticed:

1.  He has difficulty printing on the given form.  The lines are very dark and large for him.  This leads to very chunky and hard to read handwriting.

2.  Due to the handwriting issues, and his very detailed narration, he finds it difficult to fit all of his words onto the six lines available under the summarize the plot question.

3.  His vocabulary far outpaces his spelling, and it frustrates him to write words that he cannot spell.  He is also still struggling with letter formation at this point.

This is the bulk of our issues.  I also think that he is finding the books I assign a little boring, but I am working on finding more interesting material that isn’t too long.

With those issues in mind, I want to ask about Seton’s expectations for this assignment.

1.  Is it Seton’s intent that the student complete the handwriting, or can I write his dictation?

a.  If the student must complete the handwriting, should I correct his spelling as he writes?

2. Do we have to use the form given, or will primary lined handwriting paper be a valid substitute?

3.  When summarizing the plot, should I have him just pick out his favorite events?  Or does he need to be identifying the important events from extraneous ones?  As an example, we just did a report on St. Peter the Apostle.  I had him keep the summary to five sentences.  The first sentence told the beginning of the story (Peter called to be an apostle), the last sentence told the end (Peter dies), and the three middle sentences were just three events that he remembered, placed in order of when they occurred.  There were obviously many more than three events during Peter’s life, and I would not say that the three he chose were the most important.

Thank you so much for helping us out on this.  I want to be able to submit our work and receive a grade from Seton, but if I cannot make some changes to this assignment, we will have to drop it.  I am not required to have a transcript, but would like to have it.  I also think this is a very important skill for him to have, but the handwriting is really bogging him down.  I don’t want him to develop a poor attitude toward reading because he dreads the report.

Sincerely,

Catie

 

I will let you know what the response is.  I expect to hear back soon, as Seton’s customer service has been excellent so far.

I am glad that Seton has included writing and book reports for second grade.  I think writing is definitely an important skill that needs to be started early.  However, I think young children do better by narration, dictation, and discussion over intense amounts of handwriting.  Hopefully Seton and I can come to an agreement that still allows me to receive a grade from them.  If not, I will just submit my own grade for the transcript.  What I will not allow to happen is for Alex to develop a negative attitude toward reading and writing.  This report form is just not that important.

~ Catie

UPDATE:  Seton did get back with me very quickly.  Their solution is to take my student’s dictation for the longer parts of the report form.  We did that for the first quarter report and it worked well.

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