We finished our first trial week of “homeschool” seeing how scripture memory/letter recognition would go. And suprisingly it went really well. I kept those posters of letter “A” and our scripture written out-“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.” Philipians 4:4. Every day I would recite the scripture for the boys several times, and I would ask them both to repeat it back to me (Eamon said the main words). By the end of the week Aidan could say the whole thing and the reference with just a little prompting. And he can recognize letter A really well now. I’ve tried other things before but this seems to work the best, I think just having a whole week to focus on one letter really helps. I do it with Eamon too but only expect him to be getting the beginning of recognition, he’s getting some though it’s really fun.
So this week I am taking a little bit of a different direction. I’m going to find a scripture each week that starts with the letter that we are working on. So this week our letter is “B” and our scripture is the last part of Ephesians 4:2 “Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Throughout the week we talk about what the scripture means and I have Aidan tell me what it means to “rejoice” or to “be patient” and with the letter we talk about what sound the letter makes and what words start with that letter. It’s really fun because I don’t have to plan a lot but I know that Aidan knows he is learning and he likes it. I will just be playing with the boys and we will talk about the letter or the scripture whenever it comes to my mind.
So my plan is to keep those papers close and to review the other letters/scriptures every once in awhile as well so that he can really get to know them well. I think it’s a good place for me to start and work on easing into homeschooling instead of starting all at once.
Update on my friend Sarah:
Sorry I didn’t update a long time ago! Sarah and her baby are doing really well! Praise the Lord, there is no brain damage in either her or the baby, they both came home from the hospital after about 4 days in the hospital. Sarah was on seizure meds for a month and after having tests to see if she had any damage there was none. Thank you all for your prayers for their family, they are so grateful for all the concern and prayers that went out for their family.