We completed our third week!
That it’s okay to change things up as we go, be a little adventurous, go with Emma’s interests. I haven’t been trying to do everything I had planned in one sitting – sometimes we do our readings at night or various times of the day. Some days she asks me if we can do school a different day and make it a “play day”. I usually give her the morning to play when that happens and sneak some reading or a fun project in later. Usually I can convince her to get started with the promise of a special reward after we finish. In general, though, she’s still loving school and tells me that she really wants to learn. :)
Oh, and although I have workboxes set up by subject we aren’t really using them. I think later on they will be useful as she is working more independently, but for now I usually set all of her books out on the table for her to choose from. I think it helps get her excited about what I have in store for her. :)
Emma is Learning…
In Science/Nature Study, we focused on seeds. We found as many seeds as we could outside (including seeds from trees), talked about the things we eat that have seeds (apples, oranges, etc), watched The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed, labeled the parts of a plant, and read Little Flower Folks, a living botany book. So highly recommend that book, and am thrilled that it’s free!!! In one chapter, we learned all how acorns turn into Oak trees, what happens to them after the fall from a tree, and how both Oak and Chestnut trees are useful just by listening in on a conversation between an acorn and a chestnut. :) Below you’ll also see a photo of a very tiny slug she found – she was so fascinated with that little guy, and my was he trying to impress her with his acrobatics! ;-) We also practiced our Nature Study researching skills (more on that later!).
In math, Emma began learning the names and values of coins. Most of this was play but I did make a small chart for her to fill in herself. There’s a lot to teach just by setting coins out on the table and playing with your child, sharing facts as you go. :) We began lesson one of Life of Fred: Apples just for fun. She enjoyed the story but we didn’t have a chance to do the questions yet.
We made our own clay (because we were out of play-doh) and I had her cut fractions from pretend “pancakes”.
We continued reading On the Banks of Plum Creek and Emma tried washing her own clothes outside with a bucket and bar of soap, then hanging them to dry. She LOVED this and begged me to let her wash her own clothes every day, rain or snow! It was so cute watching her take so much satisfaction in her work. :)
We also read The Little House (recommend AO read for Year 0) and continued reading The Adventures of Buster Bear and Winnie the Pooh.
Our other subjects went well. She’s making progress in reading using Reading Eggs and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. For Geography, We continued reading about the Eskimo Twins, watched a video on the Arctic, and I checked out some books on the Inuit at the library.
Our library is such a wonderful resource! They have many living books, and the library catalog is huge – I can request books from other branches and they”ll send them to mine so I can pick it up here. Needless to say, I’ve been perusing the library catalog often. :)
How was your week?
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