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I love it that Satori loves to write letters to people. If I remember to take photos of them, it is a great way to document how her handwriting, spelling, and writing/grammar are coming along. These letters are completely of Satori’s own initiative and I did not help at all with content or spelling. We sent out a bunch this week. Here’s a few that I especially liked.

This one was to an old pen-pal that Satori still remembers. David is embarassed that he got called out for watching TV all day.

She enjoys drawing maps now and then.

She writes so much better when it is  on lined paper appropriate for her age. We are just beginning to learn writing and grammar this year, so sometimes she forgets to capitalize beginnings of sentences and put periods on her sentences, but we’ll be working more on that this year.

Here she is talking about what she learned about Ancient China from our Story of the World studies.

Phonics rocks! It enables Satori to write about whatever she wants without worrying about appropriate spelling. She is completely empowered to put all her thoughts down on paper. Spelling isn’t 100% correct, but anyone can read her letters. I love seeing her thoughts and reading what she is excited (or “isdided”) about. As for  learning the correct spellings, we are halfway through Level 2 All-About-Spelling now and are totally whizzing through it. We have 6 more levels to go total, but by then I am confident she’ll be spelling better every month!

Mom will be at her relaxing retreat for a week starting tomorrow. Good organic food, yoga/meditation, hikes and more… I expect to come back rejuvenated and strong and calm…

I leave you now with a little Mountain Chickadee. These guys are common at our 9000 feet altitude mountain house and are distinguished from all other chickadees by their little white eyebrow stripe.

Yep, as I mentioned in my last post, Satori writes letters to us non-stop. When I came home from shopping today, to my horror I found her watching Sponge Bob. David was working in his office and turned the TV on. (I am not a big TV watcher and rarely turn it on.) Of course, with the commercials, she sees a Barbie she desperately needs. So I get letters about it. With these letters, she usually ignores the word spacing and punctuation marks she does know how to do!

(Keep in mind she only knows the most common sounds the letters make, we are only just learning digraphs and more complex phonics rules. It is interesting to see that she thinks WANT sounds out like WOD. )

I translated the first one: “MOM I REALLY WANT THE BARBIE. I AM SAD BECAUSE…”

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More come after I refused to get her the Barbie doll. Translated: “MOM, YOU ARE NOT GOING …. ? …. NEVER AGAIN…” and another (not shown) “CAN I PLEASE GET BARBIE?”

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Then she tries another tactic. A note just slipped under my office door (I keep closed so no animals get in.) This one says:

U R THE BEST MOM. I LUV U. U GET MR HRT.

“MOM, YOU ARE THE BEST MOM. I LOVE YOU. YOU GET MORE HEARTS” (with hearts drawn all over it)

And more, but I told her I couldn’t read the letter. She gets frustrated and stomps off. Returns with one last letter. The last letter said (she pronounces “because” as “beclud”:

MOM, U CN SAD IT AT BLUD I SADE AT

Which translates to: “MOM, YOU CAN SOUND IT OUT, BECAUSE I SOUND IT OUT!”

Lol!

Which brings me to really, really want to work on reading and spelling and handwriting with her. I can’t wait to get letters that I can easily read!

I cannot seem to walk into an office supply store and just come out with the item I originally came in for. In fact I suppose I have proven it, I have been getting calls all summer from my personal Staples “concierge”, she said I am one of Boulder’s top Staples customers! I wonder if homeschooling will keep me in the top, after I sold my business, lol.

So I went in today for black markers to draw with, and found all kinds of cute back-to-school supplies. I justify it because I am shopping for a little girl now too, and it’s her first day of school! I couldn’t resist this small pink binder, and of course had to get small paper to fit inside it. Satori will love it! The translucent pink and purple rulers are also tiny, and will help when drawing straight lines.

School Supplies

School Supplies

Aren’t these the cutest little pencils? Cute designs and matching colored erasers to boot! Satori already has been writing with them non-stop.

Cadoozles pencils

Cadoozles pencils

This past week, from the time she wakes up in the morning, and again the last few minutes before bedtime. (During the day she plays and her hour of lessons.) Normally we get letters like “MOM (or DAD), I LUV YOO. I LUV WEN YOO DOO LESNS.” (Mom, I love you, I love when you do lessons.”) We are encouraging this with unlimited papers and pencils to practice. 🙂