Homeschooling has been a different beast for me this year because I’m trying to slow down our pace a lot so that we don’t end up with nothing to do but reading (which, to be honest: LOVE) by April. It seems that loosing one beast has created another because I had no idea how we were pacing so I wasn’t sure if we are behind or on track. It was a
little lot-a-bit stressful. Thankfully, report card portfolios were due in the middle of November and our progress reports made it back to us this past week. We are looking good, I must say! Charlie’s writing skills continue to amaze me. Lola is plugging away at her multiplication facts, and even completed reading her first ever chapter book (Grade 3 reading level in Grade 2? Holla!)
The reading hasn’t come without its challenges, though. Of course, there is new grammar, understanding how commas change the flow of a sentence, and new vocabulary words. I never, though, imagined that The Boxcar Children could bring up a moral dilemma. One day, while she was supposed to be reading, Lola gave up suddenly with a huff. What could the matter be? I inquired as to the frustration, and Lola replied that she just couldn’t go on reading. Her brows furrowed in displeasure and concern. Then her voice dropped into a whisper as her eyes darted over to Charlie, hoping that he wouldn’t overhear and be thus corrupted as well.
“There is a bad word in my book,” she hissed.
A bad word in The Boxcar Children? It’s a Grade 3 level book. I’m sure that is not the case. Please show me.
It was hard work building the dam, but the children like hard work.
I didn’t go into the complexities of grammar that would have highlighted the need for a subject “the dam(n) What“, but I did show her the difference in spellings, and then drew a picture on the board to show her the structure and function of a dam.
The poor dear was very relieved. This Grade 3 book wasn’t trying to twist her morals and corrupt her standards. She could read in peace about these dam building children.
See what I did there?