We are still using Nessy as a our reading program. For handwriting, Madison just started the 4th grade cursive from Handwriting Without Tears. I am now requiring that she writes everything in cursive. I really think doing sit ups and supermans everyday has improved her fine motor skills. It took about 4 months to see a major difference, but it has paid off and we will continue to do them daily.
For Grammar, we are using Michael Clay Thompson. She is also reading Barron’s Painless Grammar for a little extra help.
We are continuing to use Wordly Wise 3000 online for vocabulary. Madison just moved on to the 5th book.
We also use EPGY for Parts of Speech, Sentence Structure, Sentence Composition, Paragraphs, and Reading. EPGY is dry and moves slow, but it is very valuable. I have given Madison the English ACT of the day questions and she has gotten a majority of them all right. I believe this is the result of doing EPGY. It also has helped her with writing and organizing her ideas.
We are basing the rest of our English and our Classic Children’s Literature list on the recommendations from Level 1A Year 2 in Mater Amabilis.
Madison has already read:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Madison is currently reading:
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Madison will more than likely read the following before the end of the summer:
The Princess and the Curdie by George MacDonald
Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The First and Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E.Nesbit
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie
Madison absolutely loves classic literature and she would just sit and read all day if I let her.
We are currently reading Classic Myths to Read Aloud by William F. Russell.
Madison is also reading poetry each week. We are reading out of The Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist. Madison also read A Child’s Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll and Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman.
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