After 4 weeks of Sonlight Lanague Arts, I knew I needed to quickly make a change.
I did quite a bit of research – and weighing up what I needed, included what my budget could afford, I decided on the Primary Arts of Language Writing.
I only replaced the creative writing section of Sonlight LA. The Copywork was destroying whatever hope we had of a good school day. We are starting PAL writing at Unit II – the copywork section.
So far it seems to be a more gentle but structured approach to introducing writing and story composition. He loves their Check-point poster that he uses after he has done his copywork.
Our Language Arts still uses Sonlight LA for reading. PAL for copywork/writing, Handwriting without tears for technique, and All About Spelling. I would have loved to get All About Reading but that is just not in the budget at any stage – due to shipping.
Our day is scheduled like this:
Bible – We are using Sonlight B Bible with a NiRV Adventure bible. Elijah will not let us start our day any other way.
Math – Math U See Alpha
History – Sonlight B
Afrikaans 2nd Language – Afrikaans sonder grense and other resources
Language Arts – as discussed above.
Science – Sonlight B
Literature – Sonlight B
Jessica has very few days where she is willing to do any type of structured activity with me. But I am persevering through. Today was a great day, the first in a long time. She still attends occupational therapy once a week. I can see definite improvement in her development every week.
She has not decided if she is left or right dominant, but I am giving everything to her right hand and although she seems stronger in her left hand for now, I am trying to encourage strength in her right hand. This was something discussed with her therapist.
Some of the Activities/resources I use:
I am mainly using ABC+123Fun from Shirley ErweeNo time for Flaash Cards is a site with great crafts and we follow the Letter of the week from there
Making Learning Fun is a absolute must for our week. I use the magnet pages and various others each week
Sonlight P3/4 – I use various books for reading/literature time
Bible – I use this bible for school time. It includes cd’s of songs for each short story.
Gabriel falls in when he wants. I have put up a baby gate at the door to the school room to keep out the little ones while Elijah is busy with Math and LA. It works 50% of the time.