Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shampoo and Spelling

So last month I posted about making my own shampoo bars which was a lot of fun.  However, the lasting result was not very satisfactory.  After several days, my hair became a greasy mess.  So I've done some research.  It is one of two reasons why my hair would react in such an offensive way:

1. The most hopeful, the oils and butters used were too moisturizing, creating a build-up upon my hair.  This can be fixed with adjusting and experimenting with the formula.

2. The most likely, the extreme hardness of the water here in Tok is not conducive to the shampoo bars and the no-poo method.  The only fix to this would be hooking up a water softener, which is just not a direction we will go.

So where am I now?  I have gone back to using commercially produced shampoo called Avalon Organics, which I am thoroughly enjoying.  I originally started using what I had on hand (I believe Dove or Herbal Essence), but after only the first shampooing, my hair started falling out in clumps again and I had itchy sores on my scalp.  Not very fun or attractive.  I think it may have to do with the laurel sulfate and my skins aversion to it.

Next step in hair care for me?  Well, as much as I like the Avalon Organics, it's like $7+ for a teeny bottle.  So, as soon as I'm able to get my hands on all the ingredients, I'm going to be testing a recipe for homemade liquid shampoo.  I'll keep you posted.

Now...on to spelling!!!

We have recently added a new spelling program to our homeschool regime.  We originally were doing the Sonlight spelling, but by the end of the week, Tucker was still not doing so hot on spelling.  So, I came across a program called Sequential Spelling.  This is a 7 level spelling workbook system that systematically builds on a students ability to build large words from small words.  In Tucker's first week of lessons he built from in, pin and sin to thinner, skinny and beginning.  Not only did he have an unconcious  understanding of spelling rules associated with the root word -in, but at the end of the week he was able to do the entire spelling test of 25 words with only a couple of mistakes.

By far, I've been incredibly happy with this program.  I see in him a deeper grasp of spelling and an increase in his success, spelling words that are typically 6th grade level words.  I'm actually going to be trying out their Engaging Language series that is an extension of the spelling.  So my conclusion...if you want your kid to be proficient spellers, Sequential Spelling may just be the ticket for you!

***Pictures to follow*** My phone melted and my pictures for this post with it.

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