|Underground RR lantern|
|Union & Confederate caps|
Academics have been focused mainly around spelling, reading, and math. In the last 2 weeks we've gone from equivalent fractions to angles to dividing with decimals. W is soaking it all in and now that the academics are more relaxed, he's having a lot more fun with everything - which undeniably means he is learning faster and easier. Spelling Skills and the bridge workbook are going very well. I think that bridge book is my favorite. It was my favorite when J was home as well. The book has these reading comprehension pages - read a passage then answer the questions. It's the same kind that you'd find on a standardized test. W did a couple of them. Wow. He definitely excels at reading comprehension. He can pick out the main idea of the story (I always got those wrong in school) and is so confident he knows the answers that he'd rather make up something in his own words rather than go back and copy from the passage. I'd hate to discourage that beautiful creativity, but he won't be able to do that on a real test. Sigh. No wonder schoolkids lose their enthusiasm.
W is also reading a mystery novel, a book about the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock, and will start a book about Thomas Edison next week. He is spending more time on the independent reading and I don't want to rock that boat. What he reads is pretty educational, so I don't really care that Captain Underpants is part of his stash, too. As long as he's reading.
Here are some shots from our walk around Manhattan yesterday:
|Barney's - Lady Gaga display|
|Along 5th Avenue|
|Sak's 5th Avenue|
|Ice skating at Rockefeller Center|