What I have learned is that she reads more when she reads for her own enjoyment. She will even read challenging material if she is interested in it. I would have never assigned her a book as hard as an Eager or a Nesbit. So now I am going to go back through my plans for the coming year and eliminate the required reading. I think that any second grader that can handle Five Children and It on her own doesn't need to be assigned reading. Now when she is in third grade...... Perhaps I will have to learn this lesson more than once.
While I am typing, I might as well confess about my writing decision. I am going to use Writing With Ease for CC this year. I am probably even going to use the workbook. I read the main book for it today, and I like it. It guides you through increasingly complex copywork, dictation and narration exercises. It is simple, uses a technique that I believe in and has a straightforward progression of skills that will teach the child the mechanics of writing.
This might not be a controversial decision for many, but while I am planning to use WWE this year, I am also setting up a teachers training co-op for IEW Teaching Writing With Structure and Style. See. I am good at making decisions. My problem is that I make too many of them.
Now I am off to look at geography.