Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pokémon Crazy

Do you have a kiddo that is Gaga over Pokémon? I do! He doesn't even know Pokémon Go exists but he loves playing with and collecting the cards.  I was so excited when the ladies at put up a Pokémon freebie for matching upper and lower case letters.  It was perfect for the 4 year old and I could use the letters for fun stuff with the 6 year old.  Today we got to use them for our spelling work.  I feel like I am just now getting in a rhythm or least starting to find a rhythm .  I am hoping it becomes easier as I go, but for now at least I can see a light at the end of this tunnel of confusion and exhaustion.  I will be back to myself in a little while for now it is nice to at least remember what myself was like. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Working with long and short vowels

This month we are focusing on long and short vowel reading.  Isaac is not a confident reader.  I am working hard to make him more confident so we are learning some fun rhymes and doing some games to hopefully make some of these phonics rules a little less scary for him. I went on Teacher's Pay teachers and found a great little unit on "when two vowels go walking...." And we will work our way through That and then do some bossy "e" work.  Also we have been working on categorizing words into short or long vowels. I am hoping that making these things that he thinks are hard a lot easier for him, he will start to enjoy reading more. 
I am using these two resources the latter is by Emily's elementary resources.  The posters I found at the dollar tree! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

First day at iLead 360

Isaac began his classes at iLead last week.  He actually loves them and it is nice having a little time to focus on my two littlest boys.  I now only do school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Isaac and I only have to focus on ELA and Math.  I still feel a little bit like I'm in the wind.  I'm hoping once I have gotten through my first month here I'll feel more grounded. I have finally ordered a math curriculum and have been putting together my ELA curriculum.  I know, I am behind but hey this summer was a little crazy, especially August! So now we are working to catch up a little.