Monday, August 25, 2008
Back in the Saddle!
Thank you all for your notes and prayers. Health is returning! A little cough is still lingering, but the girls and I are feeling worlds better. Now to catch up on all that was put on hold. That is our focus and joy this week.
I was beginning to wonder if I would be able to post about homeschool schedules sometime before Christmas break, but I trust that God's timing and purpose are perfect.
This weekend I was well enough to participate in the teacher training class for the Spell to Write and Read Program (intensive phonogram instruction for our little ones). I would love to encourage you, that if you haven't found an intensive phonogram program, this is wonderful! After Bible and Character, phonogram instruction has got to be the most important tool we can give our children. It is the foundation for everything else we desire to teach them. It affects their understanding of our language, the ability to see God's order in language and thereby be readied for a second language, as well as their ability to spell, write and read with understanding.
SWR is perfect for those just beginning to learn or for those in need of remediation. For 1/3 of students, reading will come easily- almost in spite of their teaching- for the other 2/3 SWR can be a real blessing.
I have been doing some research on my own regarding the process of reading instruction which dovetailed perfectly with my instruction this weekend.
Very exciting findings in an area that has been less than exciting for me in the past! Hope to share this with you soon. : )
Blessings to you!