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We had a GREAT first day. :) Isaac didn’t give me any trouble at all (awesome, right?) and Emma really enjoyed pretty much every part of it! On Monday we had a celebration day – breakfast was berry pancakes with whipped cream, I painted her face (I thought that would be a fun tradition!), we took our First Day of School pictures, we made a special dinner and dessert, and she opened a gift bag with some special school supplies in it. So yes, school was built up in a positive way. ;-)
We started out Tuesday morning with a kind of circle time that includes our Bible reading and memorization time, reading a poem, going over a number of the week (this is mainly for Isaac’s benefit – we clap the number, find it on the abacus, write it down, and use counters), and having calendar time which includes finding today’s date and drawing the weather on the wall calendar, and writing the date on the whiteboard.
Love this Mary Engelbreit Nursery Rhymes book! (Why must she always pose with her tongue out? She is a goofball!)
Next was math which included a written number word search and finding patterns with car counters (Isaac is playing with them in the photo below), then read The Adventures of Buster Bear by Thornton Burgess. Emma asked me to keep reading, she really enjoys Burgess books!
In The Adventures of Buster Bear, there is an otter catching a fish (Buster ends up eating it – the fish, not the otter!) and Emma didn’t quite have the picture of an otter in her mind, so out came my iPad. I found a video showing otters catching fish so we watched that. Lots of oohing and aahing over their talent at catching fish!
We attempted narration but Emma was having a hard time with the speaking part (which NEVER happens, haha) so she drew a picture of Buster Bear and Joe Otter catching fish instead. :)
Next was nature study – we looked through the Questions and Answers Encyclopedia at the page that shares a few facts about how flowers develop and what they need to grow. It shows a poppy from bud to bloom and we just happened to be growing poppies ourselves so we went outside and brought in a bud and dissected it. All of the parts of the flower are waiting inside the bud, soon to emerge and flower in the warm sun!
We looked through Come Look at Me at the different master artist renditions of children – it was the first time we’ve talked about different art styles and about the talent of some amazing artists. Here she is giggling at a Picasso painting:
We also read The Seven Little Sisters Who Live on the Round ball that Floats. I’m honestly not sure if I like this book. It is a sweet way to show how children in different parts of the world live but I wish it went into a little more detail or something. Maybe we need to read further, though. Any suggestions for good living books that could be used for geography and learning about different cultures? OH, I just remembered that I have the Yesterday’s Classics Twins series! We might try one of those – here’s Eskimo Twins free online.
We also did a reading lesson in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and she practiced her handwriting. Which reminds me… check out these great worksheets I made with a program called StartWrite! I am really excited about this – I won a gift certificate to Educents not long ago and this is what I used part of it on ($27.99). I can customize everything! Colors, fonts, line and dot width, outlines, I can add pretty pictures – it is just so cool! If you go to the website you can download a free trial.
At the end of the day I asked Emma what her favorite part of the school day was and she said it was the handwriting and word search she did. I really didn’t think handwriting would be a favorite but that’s awesome!
I know there will be ups and downs, but I’m looking forward to our days ahead. :-)
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