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Two entries were received by email (but only one was qualified by sending it to a forum/email list).
Here's the email entry that was qualified:
I am entering a contest that is offered by Academic Superstore via my homeschool-blogging friend Sprittibee. Here’s the scoop: The title of the contest is “Share your favorite lesson plan,” and I am hoping to win a new digital camera. I am supposed to post my favorite lesson plan on my blog, but I am not a blogging mom. :-) I was told that I can still enter if I send my story out to a group. Please read on, it's really a cool story! I had so much fun writing this up, I may turn into a blogger after all.
We, as you all know, are a fun-loving, homeschooling family. To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure how to pick our FAVORITE lesson. Should we go with (1) crawling through the ear we built in the basement, (2) turning our main floor into a Medieval Ages castle and pouring oil over the countertops onto the heads of the invading enemy army, (3) tromping thru the woods to collect moss and leaf litter, or (4) dramatizing our Bible stories on our living room stage. What to pick…I just couldn’t decide. Soooo, I sat the kids down yesterday and asked them, “What is your favorite lesson plan? What do you think is the coolest thing we ever learned?”
Keldon jumped up and blurted out, “You have to tell them all I learned to READ.” His siblings wholeheartedly agreed that Keldon learning to read was definitely the most exciting thing that had happened in school in the last year. So much for my glorious, self-promoting ideas!
The big event happened last Friday morning. My husband, David, had taken a day off of work to stay home and see what the Jones’ are learning in school. Keldon, age 6, has been working on nailing down his phonics for what seems like AGES. I had begun to wonder if it was ever going to happen, bless him. J He was happily working on coloring and cutting out a hat from Sing, Spell, Read and Write. It had a “t” printed near the right edge. He cut two parallel slits in the hat and pulled a strip of paper through that had “ba,” “ca,” “sa”, etc. (Photo below) When you lined up the letters, it would make three letter words (bat, cat, sat, etc). Anyway, I started to sound out the word for him, and THE LIGHT CAME ON. He stared at that strip of paper like he’d been struck by lightening. I get chills just writing about it. “It’s like a secret,” he said awestruck. Then, he exploded into action. He snatched up the paper and starting trying to work out every word. He was so ecstatic, I can’t even tell you. I got so excited I was cheering and trying to hug him. Big Sister Hannah and Little Brother Charles got into the action. It was utter pandemonium for a few minutes, with my husband trying to figure out what was going on. Hannah, 18 months older and a mature 2nd grader, spent the next two hour writing three letter words out on paper for him to try to read. She would illustrate them to give him a clue. (The best was a tiny bug called a “nat”.) David was so proud he took the whole family to Chuck E Cheese to celebrate at noon.
Five days later, and Hannah and Keldon are still hard at work together: She’s writing and he’s decoding! He is honestly sleeping with these papers. It warmed my “mother heart” to see her so excited about his achievement. Charles, age 4, is a bit jealous about being left behind in this momentous discovery. I don’t think he’ll be too far behind.
When I think back on it, I have to agree that last Friday was one of the best lessons we’ve ever had. The most amazing thing about it was that it was a FAMILY lesson!
MOMMY: I, Keldon’s mom, got to be there when the light went on. I was there the moment his eyes lit up with understanding. I still marvel at what a blessing that is.
DADDY: His daddy, who has never taken a day off just to see us school, got to be part of this amazing event. How cool is that. Thank you, God.
SISTER: Hannah, at age 8, has helped to teach someone to read. How many 2nd graders can say that? She is so enamored with writing and illustrating words for him that I can’t peel them apart. They are together in the bedroom “learning to read” right now.
BROTHER: Charles, age 4, has witnessed the passion of learning. He is in hot pursuit of this amazing skill called “reading.”
KELDON: Need I say more?
This is the beauty of this amazing thing we call “homeschooling.” It’s our family working together, learning together, and celebrating each other’s accomplishments. I am so grateful that God showed us this amazing path.
So this is my entry to win a camera in the "Share Your Favorite Lesson Plan" Contest sponsored by Sprittibee and Academic Superstore.
Thanks for reading our lesson, and I hope you enjoyed it. Check out Sprittibee's site; she's got lots of interesting posts. Then, wander over to Academic Superstore.
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