W wrote a substantial narration about Christopher Columbus the other day. Written narrations are new for him. Last year he did a couple of sentences every few months or so. This time, after we read the chapter, I needed to pick up K, so I handed W a pencil and a notebook and told him to write down what he remembers - in order if possible. When I got back I saw he had written 2/3 of a page. That was really impressive. And apart from some run-on sentences and spelling mistakes, the narration was pretty good. Here's the edited version:
"What I remember is that a kid named Christopher Columbus read about Marco Polo and wanted to be just like him. He wanted to get a ship and sail across the ocean to find a new land. He went on a boat and went to a whole lot of places so somebody could help him with the money to buy a boat. None of them wanted any part of it except one, the king and queen of Spain. They offered to give him a lot of money and he was happy. He bought three boats. And that's it."
And that's as far as we read. I was happy with that. His reading comprehension is good. This is the year we will get into writing. We'll spend a lot of time on sentence structure, grammar, & spelling. One written narration a week should be fine for now. Then we'll go over it, make corrections, and he can write it over again - or even type it out. Spelling this week was contractions (hasn't, they've, we're, I'll etc). We're using a huge atlas during the AO readings to see what area something occurred, where someone was born, how far one city is from another, etc. W gets more into the stories that way. Math was big number addition and subtraction, including word problems. I am all about review and solidifying those basics.
I'm looking forward to another great week.