I was very ambitious before NSis came. I created a folder full of things for ALuv to do every day for school; even things to do while I was still in the hospital. I also adapted an idea I found online for NJoy to work on. Did any of it happen? Two days of it…I guess I forgot how sleep deprivation affects me.
But this past week, I actually had ALuv do all the things I had prepared for him before NSis came. A week of total review. Nothing new…all review. And you know what? I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt because review is actually a very good thing for learners. It gives them time to apply their knowledge in new or different way, giving them a deeper understanding of the concept.
So, what did he do? Here’s the run down…
He used Starfall.com’s Level 1 Reading and Writing Journal–this review sight words, short vowels, and has writing prompts. (My edition is from 2002 and I found it about two weeks before NSis came-a welcome surprise! What I have may very well be different than what they sell now.)
I have a math workbook that I hardly ever use…one that was given to me about 2 years ago. I went through it and pulled out review pages that he could do independently.
ALuv did the same crafts that NJoy did this week in relation to our rain/rainbow theme.
One more thing I created before NSis came was a three-ring binder with the plastic sleeve protectors in it. I went through all of ALuv’s Puzzle Buzz magazines and tore out mazes, dot-to-dots, etc. and placed them in the folder for him to do some “fun” writing. I don’t know why I never thought to do that before. The best part is that I was able to throw away the rest of the magazines, which had already been used…saving some space is always a plus!
So, there you have it–a week of review. I guess my pre-NSis ambition paid off after all. It sure made getting back into the swing of things A WHOLE LOT easier.
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