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Finally Abby finished this puzzle to the end, with minimal comments from Zoey and me! She almost always finds the Q from the basket first and places it on the board. She likes to point out that Q and A are the same color, and she can identify both of them. The next letter she is starting to name is Y (which is also red!). When Zoey sits beside us as Abigail does the puzzle, she practices self-control and how to encourage Abby by giving praise and not telling her where and how the pieces go πŸ™‚ #homeschoolingrocks via Instagram http://ift.tt/1OBqq1P
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Today Zoey is learning about book summaries and previews. She received several box sets of Candlewick Press’ Brand New Reader series for Christmas. Pictured is Zoey with all the books she read to me this morning. One of the things I like about this series is the simple previews and summaries they provide. I am teaching Zoey that the preview on the back of the book tells us a question for which we can expect to find the answer when we read the story. I had her summarize some of the stories in her own thoughts after she read them, before reading the one printed in the book. I had her use the same formula as they did: “This story is called _______. It’s about ________________.” I explained to her how her summary for Worm Builds was even more concise than the book’s summary, because she had used “his friends” instead of listing their names. She really enjoyed this activity! #homeschoolingrocks via Instagram http://ift.tt/1Z1z9PQ

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Abigail was drawing during Zoey’s school lesson when she suddenly said, “Mommy, Mommy!” When I looked over, she pointed to two side-by-side dots she’d drawn and said, smiling, “Eyyyeesss.” So I drew her some eye-less, hair-less smiley faces and she gave them eyes and hair πŸ˜„πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‹ #homeschoolingrocks #NotEvenTwoYet via Instagram http://ift.tt/1HjgP25

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Over the past several months I’ve had a few opportunities to talk with Zoey about the fact that she’s homeschooled. This often springs up (1) after we drive past a school bus and she asks if she can ride in one or (2) after we drive past children at recess and she asks if she will get to play on the “school kid park” when she is a “school kid.” The other week someone asked her if she is in kindergarten, to which she replied, “Well, I’m homeschooled.” The couple times before then that she’d been asked that, I think she’d just looked to me to reply for her. It was pretty cool hearing her give her own answer matter-of-factly πŸ™‚ #zoeysdrawings #homeschoolingrocks via Instagram http://ift.tt/1RmOSWV