Should we stick with what we know?
February 8, 2013 in Little People
I hate spelling tests.
Right now I have been sitting at this table with the girl for twenty minutes and she has written 3 words!!!
Spelling tests are the perfect time for her to practice dawdling. She puts her pencil down and stares off into space.
She makes up stories with each of her words in an attempt to prolong the test.
She pretends to cough and sneeze and throw up.
She pretends she has lost her memory and can’t remember the word, or me, or where she is…
What is her motivation, I ask you?! Other then to drive me bonkers.
But I do love spelling… because on every day other than spelling test day, I get at least five minutes of busy work out of her while she is writing her words, independently.
We use the A Beka Spelling 1 book.
(Oh sweet cheese!!! I’m giving the test right now, as I write this. And I just called out the word ‘girl’, to which Graysen says, “Who me?” I say, “Ah! Graysen! No! “girl”. She replies, “What girl? Haha. Just kidding, just kidding. Calm down, mom.”)
She wants to see me crack like an egg, that one.
But anyway, back to curriculum…
So we have been going through this book for the last year, and we are finally about to be done with it! Which means, I have to either fish or cut bait with A Beka. And although I love the Spelling 1 book and feel like it is perfect for teaching rules, I have heard some negative things about the 2nd book.
So, I’m polling you. Homeschool moms out there… what do you use?
Do you like A Beka?? Do you have a suggestion??
Ugh, she just faked passing out on the kitchen table. I have to go-
But let me know!