Nov 2, 2010

New venture in our schooling

Last night, when Don came home from work, he was carrying a small parcel for me - I love getting parcels and letters in the mail, especially letters ... they seem so much more personal than getting an email does (even though you can say the exact same thing in an email that you can say in a letter).  Anyway, inside this parcel was Charlotte's new Bible program - we ordered the Switched On Schoolhouse Grade 7 Bible .... it is a curriculum that is done on the computer.  We installed it last night (Charlotte thought it was quite funny when she read "Quick Start Guide" on the folder that the disc came in .... it took a while to install it, lol) and then she had a chance to play around with it for a bit before it was bed time.

Today she had her actual first assignment - the topic was on Worship.  With this program we have the choice of her using the KJV or the NASB, she chose KJV (she has her Bible that she takes to Church with her, on her desk so if she needs to look up the verse in it ... for clarification purposes).  There are games and videos to help review what was learned and best of all ... there are quizzes and tests at the end of the lessons which she gets graded on.  Grading has always been the hardest thing for me to do in our homeschooling and this program does it all for me.  ˚Ü˚  Her verdict after completing the first lesson was that she enjoyed it and she's looking forward to tomorrow's lesson.

Our main reason for trying this program out was to see if it would be something that she would like to do for her Language Arts program next year.  When I discussed with our facilitator about this program (SOS), she told us that it isn't an aligned program and we would need to supplement reading and writing with it.  A couple of the writing programs she suggested were Writeshop and Jump In - Josh used Jump In last year and he enjoyed it, but we have no idea what Writeshop is like.  Also, if we were to do the SOS for LA next year, I don't think it would be very hard to supplement the reading part of the program ... it's kind of rare to see her without a book in her hands, lol.

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