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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Books

We will be using Singapore Math 3A and 3B soon and we have the rest of our books already. As a filler,we are using Spectrum Math 5,(it was about $2 through Amazon), and she's able to do the work without any difficulty so far.


It's not really a big jump - Singapore Math seems to be ahead of other math programs anyway.


My daughter started homeschooling at three, so she's on grade 3/4 in math. She's multiplying and doing fractions and division, AlhamduLILLAH. I want to be consistent so I am sticking with the Singapore Math and we both like it very much.

I am also using Spectrum Language Arts Grade 4, Spectrum Reading Grade 4, and Spectrum Writing Grade 4.


She is doing well so far and she's getting plenty of practice with writing. What I've seen so far is that she can read and write, but needs to develop her imagination. I think that she has gotten so used to rules, (like phonics and math rules and spelling rules, etc) that she hasn't spent enough time being creative. I guess we should work on that, lol.





She's also reading book number 44 out of her 50 required chapter books. She has until August but I'm hoping that she does it sooner than later.

3 comments:

Umm Tafari said...

As salaam alaikum,

Maashaa Allah, that is wonderful she is doing so well. Insha Allah, you might try some open ended activities to encourage creativity. Answering questions with only one correct answer hamper creativity.

Also, just allowing them to be children and have plenty of free time will enable this as well.

Umm Fatimah said...

Asalaamu alaykum sis,

where did you get her 50 book reading list from? I want to start chapter books with my daughter but dont know which books to start with. Jazak'Allah Kair

Umm Fatimah

Nakia said...

As salaamu 'alaikum Umm Tafari, you are right about the open-ended activities. InshaALLAH I'll have to get on it soon. The afternoons and evenings are left open for them to entertain themselves through play. Lately, they've been on an exercise kick, lol.

As salaamu 'alaikum Umm Fatimah. My husband and I visited the thrift shop a few times over the school year and went through the books there to make sure that they were appropriate and challenging reads for her. It was a tedious process but it was worth it and inexpensive. You can Google reading lists for each grade and make adjustments as you need. I bought books purposely above her reading level and as she grew over the school year, even they became simple reads, mashaALLAH.

Also, look on Amazon by age and you'll get a good idea of what's out there.

Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia