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It felt sooo good to get back into our regular school days after the holiday craziness! Besides the getting-the-house-back-to-normal kind of stuff, we all ended up getting the flu. Bleh. So the month of December was pretty tiring. But our first week back to school went well, and even Emma was glad to be doing it again.
Bible: We started reading Leading Little Ones to God in the morning, and we read the scriptures that go along with each chapter. We didn’t do any memorizing this week unfortunately, but next week we will do some review and start a new weekly verse. She really enjoys scripture memorization, and Isaac has started taking part in that as well. :) We also watched some of the Beginner’s Bible animated series on youtube since it’s now available on Roku 3 – YAY!
Literature: We finished Winnie the Pooh and began reading The House on Pooh Corner this week. As time goes on, it seems we both are growing to love these books. They are definitely different from the cartoons we have seen in the past in that there is more silly, witty dialogue that will make the adult reading the book smile. I have also enjoyed seeing the very different personalities of each character develop – Pooh with his slow-but-not-stupid way of thinking, Rabbit being a bit of a control freak, Piglet’s anxious but caring nature, Owl’s love of hearing himself talk, and Eyeore determined to look on the opposite of the bright side at all times. A. A. Milne must have had a great sense of humor. Oh and one thing in the book they never did add to the movies – Rabbit always had a gaggle of “friends and relations” trailing behind him. SO funny! (Thanks, Teaching 2 Stinkers, for getting me thinking about this with your Facebook Post!)
We also read The Twelve Dancing Princesses from one of my Grimm’s Fairy Tales collections, and watched The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat and The Ugly Duckling being read out loud on Amazon Instant. I was pretty excited about finding the series of classics being read out loud by famous people on there!
Math: We continued McRuffy Kindergarten Math lessons, focusing on addition and subtraction, following instructions to make shapes and images with pattern blocks, learning the difference between left and right (which she pretty much already had down), and solving math problems using a number line. We also read two living math books about telling time, Mouse Tells the Time and What Time is It?. Oh, and we reinforced counting by 5’s, which she already knew! I guess the Rock n’ Learn: Telling Time DVD I borrowed from the library really helped!
Reading & Handwriting: We are still using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons to teach reading and letter formation practice. The book tells us which letters to write and I put those letters in a plastic sleeve so she can write on it with a dry-erase marker. We’re still working on keeping the letters in the lines, but I haven’t pushed that too much yet since I think it’s important she gets the letter formation down first. I also had her write post-holiday thank-you letters for handwriting this week. There is a really great traceable stationery download from Creative Mamma available for free that we used for this.
Some days we do a lesson from Teach Your Child, and other days I let her read beginner readers out loud. This is pretty special since we go to the library weekly so she can pick out new readers. I also have some Richard Scarry level 1 and 2 readers I received to review so we read those. She amazes me by knowing more words every time she reads out loud – she read both books without a problem, only needing my help reading one or two names she hadn’t seen before. Our only struggle here is that sometimes she wants to keep guessing a word she doesn’t know, not wanting to take the time to sound it out. But from what I’ve heard from other parents that is pretty normal. And she can sound words out so it’s not a problem with ability. We’ll just keep on!
This was kind of a light week and since everyone is still a little sniffly I didn’t get us outside for nature study or do much in the way of science. We did read about plants and roots in Little Flower Folks but that was it. Next week we’ll try to do more, and I want to start doing art appreciation again, too.
Woo hoo! Isaac is finally able to sit and work at a task for more than 25 seconds! ;-) This week he asked for school to do, too. Huge moment in time for us, folks.
So while Emma worked on her math he… stacked pattern blocks. Guess he’s a rebel. But he did follow some pattern cards I gave him later. :-)
He also shocked me by proudly following my instructions on a worksheet instead of scribbling whatever he wanted! There’s hope!
How did your back-to-school week go?