What We Are Doing Now: English


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 Little House on the Prairie Series and she is currently reading By The Shores of Silver Lake

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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