Learning Notes: November 10-14

A girl with dark hair seated at a table, writing with a blue pencil

Six is progressing in her reading. She still has out-of-proportion reactions to getting it wrong, bursting into tears. The digital learn-to-read programs, like Starfall, don’t work as well for her as they did for the other children. We’ve had the best time with McGuffey Primer, old school style. She requested it again after a couple days of Starfall. “Mama, can we do that ‘Ann and a cat ran’ one again? I like it the best.”

One and Two are churning through their current Life of Fred, Physics.  They came after a measuring tape sometime this week, to figure some rise/run problems.

Two girls and a boy using a computer in an untidy room

Four and I are reading LoF Language Arts together. The age recommendation for the book is inaccurate for sure. I had originally purchased it for One and Two, on the publisher’s say so of “high school”. I’d say it is for 5th-8th grade. It’s not bad for an older student, but very appropriate for a younger one. It’s silly and appealing, as are all the LoF books. He has spent a lot of time this week playing Minecraft (as usual) and building redstone circuitry. He expressed a desire to make video games of his own, so I told him about Scratch, and I’ve seen him fooling around there a lot this week too.

Five read Ranger Rick all week.

Three is making “Minecraftian Born”, a Minecraft movie. He has a script, and now he’s doing the storyboards. I hope he finishes it!

One and Two are reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m rereading it, to freshen my memory. And we’ve been reading and writing limericks this week as well. Mostly reading. Two just loves a clever bit of wordplay or a pun.

They liked their RE class as usual. This week they talked about keeping moral purity in a fallen world. I asked if that meant in a sexual sense or just generally, and they said just generally. (Frankly, I would have been surprised if it was more specific.)  They didn’t get a funny handout with Catholic Memes on it though, more’s the pity.

A teenaged girl with glasses and the side of her head shaved using a laptop computer

I’ve been reading about Asperger syndrome after One’s diagnosis, but that deserves a post of its own.

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Physical resources:
McGuffey Readers
Life of Fred: Physics
Life of Fred Language Arts: Australia
To Kill a Mockingbird
Ranger Rick Magazine
The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

Digital resources:
Wikipedia: Limerick (poetry)
Minecraft Wiki

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