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Tonight I am getting started putting together a “game plan” for the next month of schooling. Tomorrow is Bug’s last day of public school, and we are going to dive right in on monday! We don’t have our Moving Beyond the Page stuff yet, so we are focusing on reading and math skills for the next couple weeks.

He’s doing great with phonics and has been sounding out and reading three letter words. He gets frustrated quickly though, so we are tying to figure out how to keep practicing without making him miserable. It goes pretty well as long as I stick with the Progressive Phonics Alphabetti books, because he only has to read the words in red, and it doesn’t “look” like too much to him.

I want to figure out how to make reading fun. He hates to be bad at anything, and would rather quit then be wrong…. I really need to help him learn that its okay to try and struggle with something. I am worried about pushing him too hard and turning him off of reading!

Math is a whole different story. He picks it up quickly and it really boosts his confidence. I was planning on waiting to start math with him until after Christmas, but after seeing how good he is at it, and how much he enjoys it, we went ahead and purchased Math Blaster and the Math Mammoth level one tonight.

So- Now I have the stuff…. I just have to figure out what to do with it. This is where we begin… 

(check out the curriculum page for links to the progressive phonics books- they’re free!)

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