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    SCB "too easy"

    Hello, popping in here again, twice in one day.

    Just as a follow-up to my previous post, my 4-year old has indicated to me that his "school" is too easy. He wants to, "get up to 100" (he's very interested in numbers, everywhere and likes to know exactly what things are, enjoys the scientific books with labeling in each picture,etc.).

    I have contemplated teaching through the SCB week in 1-2 days with him. I don't want to rush through the curriculum, but I sense he is frustrated with the pace. This is a first, because the pace works well for my oldest son (SC4, 10years old).

    Is this a good idea or might there be another approach?

    This is all considering that we are able to have a calm and structured homeschool environment for at least part of the day. God willing.
    expat mama south of the border
    DD (14) MP 9 Core, modified, (Greek, Music Theory)
    DS (10) SC4
    DS2 (7) SC1
    DS3 (4) SCB

    #2
    This is a good "problem" to have. He wants to accelerate!

    Yes, you can teach B with a strong 4yo in 1-2 days. The only caution is that some elements are best repeated in smaller doses daily, such as language and manners. If you can offer cumulative daily language and manners lessons, perhaps even providing some of this over the weekends, he may be ready for C very soon!

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      #3
      Thank you, Cheryl

      That's a helpful suggestion I think we can try with my 4-year-old. He has a big procedure coming up this weekend and this may be something to brighten his pre-op!
      expat mama south of the border
      DD (14) MP 9 Core, modified, (Greek, Music Theory)
      DS (10) SC4
      DS2 (7) SC1
      DS3 (4) SCB

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        #4
        Definitely do as much of SC B as you can. I found that my little guy also wanted to take off and soar (he's super competitive with his older sister, which is hilarious because they're 3 years apart). He liked to do things that made him shine and get that happy admiration of surprising his family with his prowess. I don't know if I could make a generalization, but my kid is keenly aware of what he is NOT able to do, and there are enough of these tasks that it makes for a lot of frustration. So for us, we're over halfway through SC C, and he's orally counting to 116 with few errors. I let him "shine" by succeeding at and surpassing his requirement for counting, of which 50 is the stated goal. In our after school hours, we add and subtract numbers, read the copyright date in the books we read, and sound out regular, phonetic words from left to right in favorite books, and read lists of CVC words, all without that dreaded writing that makes him feel so defeated and "less than." We don't stop doing what the CM recommends, though. We just continue with the program as it's so amazing how much the literature has been priming his mind with good vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.

        From time to time we'll pull down those Gail Gibbons science readers (from big sis) in the evenings and go over all the parts or aspects of a favorite animal, weather system, volcano or tornado. He loves reading these books, and I know that all of the work we did in SC B helped with articulation (scripture verse recitation), ear-training for sounds, and a solid base of facts from the general recitation. Since you already have SC1, if he's meeting all of his SC B goals, recitation, etc, then throw in some "big kid" recitation questions from a few years ahead like the planets, some presidents, time and money, etc. I found this did a lot to make him feel like a big kid. I see you have 2 boys. I can only guess how much more competitive the little guy is feeling wanting to do older material like big brother.
        Mama to 2, Married 18 years

        Summer:
        DS 6-MPK with SC1 Phonics & Math
        Fall 2020
        DD9-4A

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          #5
          Hello! I hope and pray that everyone here is well and safe.

          I'm checking in with an update re: my original post.

          My 4-year-old son is moving along in his work with SC B. I estimate that he will complete the 34 weeks of Level B by the end of May.

          He continues to enjoy numbers, dates, etc. He is left-handed, and is progressing in his fine motor skills but still not writing independently.

          Apart from his newly-diagnosed Celiac Disease, L is pretty neurotypical.

          What I am wondering is, whether to use the remaining 6 weeks for review, or start Level C. Or switch to MP? (We work until the 2nd week of July)

          My middle son finished Level C last year, so I just need to purchase the curriculum guide and consumables. However, I want to make sure he's in the right place!

          What do you think, Cheryl Swope?

          I would also love to hear from other moms.

          Thank you.

          expat mama south of the border
          DD (14) MP 9 Core, modified, (Greek, Music Theory)
          DS (10) SC4
          DS2 (7) SC1
          DS3 (4) SCB

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            #6
            Hello, Grace!

            - When does he turn 5?
            - What happens in your home after the 2nd week of July? In other words, when do you resume teaching? Will this be a long gap?
            - Does he show any interest in letters and sounds?

            Most importantly, this:
            - Do you feel you would be holding him back by using those 6 weeks (May to mid-July) to cover the planned SC B 8-week Extension?

            If yes to that last question -- and if the break after mid-July will be 4-8 weeks long -- then you might do this:
            - Start SC C May to mid-July.
            - Use the fine-motor components of the 8-week Extension/Review as his "light school" during the break and add the number-focused fine-motor work described below.*
            - Then resume SC C when your school year begins. Plan to spend a week or two reviewing the first six weeks. Then proceed as written.

            If no to this last question, then you might use those 6 weeks for a slightly accelerated 8-week extension/review as built into SC B. This would give him more time for fine-motor work. Then you could begin fresh with SC C whenever you begin his school year, as this sounds like the least expensive option for you and most tailored option for him.

            *You can add more delight by giving him numbers and dates as enrichment during the break. If possible, link fine-motor development to the enrichment by using peg boards, puzzles, number stamps and number stencils, dice, dominoes, tracing numbers, tracing a 100 number chart, coloring dates in calendars to signify important events, circling numbers on calendars, turning the pages of a longer counting book, etc.

            Either option will give him more time to strengthen his writing while acknowledging his early interest in numbers. This will set him up for success in reading and writing with MP K or SC 1 the following year.

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              #7
              Thank you so much, Cheryl.

              L turns 5 in August. We usually take a summer break from mid-July to September, about 6 weeks.

              He is learning his letters gradually. I'd say shape recognition is high, but in sounding letters out he's still in process.

              I'm not sure about the answer to your last question. I know he is excited about "finishing books", as he sees us reaching the end of a particular book. However, this doesn't necessarily mean he is ready. I will look over the SCB review more carefully.

              Thank you for all of the summer review suggestions, also. Wonderful!
              ​​​​​​.
              expat mama south of the border
              DD (14) MP 9 Core, modified, (Greek, Music Theory)
              DS (10) SC4
              DS2 (7) SC1
              DS3 (4) SCB

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                #8
                My little guy was a half year ahead of yours when he started SC C (he was 5.5). For some reason, his delay at acquiring certain skills and abilities has been consistent. We hit a few road blocks with the writing early in the SC C year, but then whatever needed to click clicked, and he's been taking off like lightning. I was so discouraged at his ability to do the writing that I wrote Cheryl an email to help bridge the gap as we set certain workbooks with letters aside. We worked on a deliberate, rhythmic breakdown of the strokes for about 6 weeks, and now, there is nothing he can't write. We've taken back out all of the workbooks that we set aside (keeping going with the literature, scripture memory, recitation, first sounds of letters, poetry, and nursery rhymes). He is blazing through those letter books now. He did 20 pages in Going On Eagerly one day and 15 the next. He's flattened off to 3-4 pages per day in the Rod & Staff books, and we started the SC C Hearing and Helping (normally scheduled as a summer review) early.

                I mention the writing piece because for some of our boys, writing is such a defeating component. There is so much to do in SC C even when they can't do everything. My little guy is reading all of the red EPS readers now, and he's completed First Start Reading A (without the oral dictation at the end). He is starting to write letters spontaneously when he hears the sound, so I know that we're making good progress to track towards an MPK/SC-1 hybrid in the fall. We are doing a thorough review all summer, even though I think we'll take 3-4 weeks off from workbook-type stuff somewhere in there.

                IMO, SC C isn't as holiday-themed as MPK/SC-1, so starting early isn't as noticeable in the literature. I say do it!
                Mama to 2, Married 18 years

                Summer:
                DS 6-MPK with SC1 Phonics & Math
                Fall 2020
                DD9-4A

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                  #9
                  Thank you!

                  As I was working with L today, it was really clear to me that he would feel the SB review too repetitive. I think he will be challenged by C and the fine motor skills will develop in time, with consistent effort. 😌

                  I feel for my middle son (7.5,ASD, ADHD, gen. anxiety) who is working on Level 1 right now but taking long breaks due to some other issues. Though, I suppose this is not too unusual in special needs families.

                  G

                  expat mama south of the border
                  DD (14) MP 9 Core, modified, (Greek, Music Theory)
                  DS (10) SC4
                  DS2 (7) SC1
                  DS3 (4) SCB

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