We've started reading the delightful book "Life of Fred: Apples"
from Dr. Stanley Schmidt's Elementary Series.
Each hilarious chapter is short (6 pages) and concludes with a handful of questions for the kids to do. It is really intended for Matthew's age and so some of the questions are simplistic for Bekah but then others are very appropriate ("Do you think a million is a big number?"). Amazingly enough both kids are entertained and starting to do simple algebra in a very natural way.
I've been unsettled with regards to what to do with Bekah in Language Arts this year (lots of ideas but the big picture isn't coming together yet) but then the other day I realized that I need to stop stressing about it. My daughter writes "for fun" all of the time (she wrote me a chapter book this summer) and my job is just to make sure she keeps loving it! Here are a few samples of things she wrote this summer:
The People's Poem Be kind to all No matter what colour Don't go around hating and despising each other For in God's eyes we're all the same He loves us all equally No matter what our fame or fortune, No matter if you're the poorest person He loves us all EQUALLY!
My God Song
Oh My God God of all Gods I worship in praise for I know you are with me for all of my days
So I worship So I worship in praise the Lord my God For all my days
So I worship So I worship in praise So I worship in praise So I worship in praise I worship in praise the Lord for all of my days Worship my God for all of my days
The Tree (Inspired by "The Giving Tree")
Oh what a tree gives us... Without us even really caring Now trees are few and people have taken their home and we still hardly even notice. We still hardly appreciate what they have given us for thousands of years.
They have given us shade on hot summer days, fruit when we are hungry, a place to climb away from danger, or just a wonderfully beautiful place to sit.