I really don’t have time to write a post today, but I’ll miss it if I don’t. It’s an encouragement to my perfectionistic self to go back and read what we did accomplish, so I’m going to try to give the quick version here (ha!).
Ready? Here goes:
I think we did at least an abbreviated circle time most days this week, despite the fact that I only found my memory work notebook Wednesday evening. I relied on my memory (a dangerous thing to do) and used the girls’ notebooks. We are up to verse three on our current hymn, “Take My Life, and Let It Be.” I’m really enjoying this one!
This has been a math-y sort of week–we spend most of our formal school time on math. It’s just the nature of RightStart math, I guess, and I generally don’t mind. I think it’s worth it. Lulu completed lessons 33-37 in RightStart C. She continues to work on multi-digit addition, and just today we added subtraction to her repertoire of skills. I find it odd to think that she’s already begun multiplication and we’re just now really getting to subtraction, but I am embracing this new-to-me approach because I see the fruit in the smiling face that greets math time each day. Lulu played a lot of games this week: short chain soitaire, long chain solitaire, and corners (both addition and subtraction!).
She also did a word problem from her Singapore CWP workbook almost every day, but today during our math time I decided to set this aside for a while. I want to love it–and I do–but I’m just not sure it’s worth the amount of frustration it causes Lulu (and me, by association). I feel like I need to get a better handle on how to present it to her. We’ll revisit it later this year and see if a little bit of maturity helps the matter, also. Overall it has been an excellent math week for Lulu.
Louise has still been working on time-telling skills, and we got some of her stuffed friends involved this week. This is the “handshaking game” from RightStart A.
We also played several games of Old Main to practice her tens addition facts. She voluntarily got out her Math Mammoth addition workbook and completed about four pages in it with minimal assistance. I have really been dragging my feet with RightStart math; we could easily finish it before Christmas if I get with it, but up until now I have been in no hurry since this is technically her kindergarten year. However, her understanding of math seems to have blossomed the past week or two, so I think it’s time to move along.
Writing, Literature, and Language:
Lulu did three days of WWE. This week’s selection was from Ginger Pye, a book we read and enjoyed last year. Not only have we read it together, the girls have listened to the audiobook about a jillion times. I always wonder what effect this has on narration–is it really as effective to have them narrate something they can practically quote? Hmmm. . . Lulu’s language lessons were about contractions and adjectives. I’m really glad to add another part of speech to her body of knowledge–I see Mad Libs in our near future! 🙂 Sequential Spelling continues to be a hit with her, although I’m not feeling the love as much. Time will tell if it’s effective for her, and if it’s not, I might just have to bite the bullet and try out All About Spelling.
We read a chapter ten in SotW and both girls did narrations on each section. Louise always draws a picture, too. Besides that, we found Australia on the map and on the globe. We also read The Pumpkin Runner, a story set in Australia that is perfect for this time of year. (For more about this book, check out Alice’s Read Aloud Thursday post for this week!) That’s pretty much it for history this week. I feel like it was sort of a blah week for history.
Why, yes, we eat chocolate chips while we study geography. Don't you?
Lulu actually completed three consecutive pages of handwriting practice in her Getty-Dubay book, plus all the other handwriting she did in copywork, spelling, etc. I still haven’t started Louise in a new book since she finished hers a few weeks ago, but she does a good bit of copywork and incidental handwriting all day, anyway.
I’m feeling sort of at a loss as far as Lulu’s reading is concerned. My opinion of it runs the gamut of “She reads far above her grade level, so leave her alone!” to “Oh my goodness! She’s getting behind in her reading because I’m not breathing down her neck about it!”
Truly, this is a child who would read almost every waking moment of every day if we’d let her; I would estimate that she spends several hours a day just reading for pleasure. Anyway, this week I think I managed to have her read aloud to me once or twice from Stormy, Misty’s Foal by Margeurite Henry, which was her assigned book(well, semi-assigned, since I picked Misty of Chincoteague for her to read a few weeks ago and she’s been on a Margeurite Henry kick ever since). She also did some informal narrations of what she read both while reading and after she finished it on Wednesday. This is one more title for her second grade booklog, and with the completion of this story she earned her Pizza Hut Book-It! coupon for the month of October. I’m still tossing around the idea of trying to do a little more formal instruction with her on reading because I want to make sure that she can decode multi-syallbic words well. After reading Janet’s curriculum update post, I’m considering doing something similar to what she’s doing with the McGuffey’s readers. What do you do once your children become proficient readers?
Louise completed lessons 91 (the last half, anyway) and 92 this week in OPGTTR, and she finished up Fox in Love by Edward Marshall, thus earning her Book-It! coupon, also. She liked this book a lot more than she liked Days with Frog and Toad, much to my chagrin. Doing this I-read-a-page-you-read-a-page style is working well for her. I’m pleased with the progress she’s making.
For our read-aloud this week we’ve been enjoying My Brother, the Robot by Bonny Becker. I’ll have more to say about this middle grade novel for next week’s Read Aloud Thursday, and I’ll also have an interview with Bonny Becker to share in the near future, so stay tuned!
Science: Nothing. Sigh.
Fun Friday, the day in which I try to mix up our schedule just a bit, was different this week. We were supposed to have a fall festival for local homeschool families during the afternoon, but this was rescheduled to Wednesday of this week due to forecasted rain. We attended the fall festival on Wednesday, and a good time was had by all. 🙂
There had been another little field trip scheduled for Friday morning to a local veterinarian’s office, but it was cancelled. Thus, we had to be satisfied with baking a cake together for a friend’s birthday, doing some fun math (including riddles from Greg Tang’s The Grapes of Math, a book I keep meaning to review), playing math games, reading some new picture books, and working with a new-to-us art medium: chalk pastels.
I was inspired by this tutorial at Hodgepodge to get out the pastels, the paper, and the fruit!
My Gala, Granny Smith, and pumpkin
Lulu's pumpkin and apple
- Louise’s apple and flowers
The girls also worked on some long overdue letters to their penpals. (I’ll try to get them in the mail soon, Stephanie
! 🙂 ) Lulu really, really wants to do the writing herself–all of it–with very little teacherly intervention, and this time I let her. I have a hard time knowing when to make it a lesson and when to back off and just let her go.
Incidental learning. . . The girls decided this week to give the DLM music lessons. 🙂 They both started taking mommy-n-me music classes as toddlers, so we have two sets of books and CDs for them to use, and I’m pretty sure we can all sing the songs in our sleep by now. I got the biggest kick out of their “curiculam” box–a shoebox in which they put in all the stuff they deemed necessary to teach the DLM. So far they’ve taught him the location of Mama Do (middle C). He’s not the most willing student, but they’re making some sweet memories.
What we’re reading. . .
In addition to Stormy, Misty’s Foal, I know Lulu has read a DK Biography, Helen Keller. Beyond that, I’m sure there has been some American Girl stuff, and the girls fought over Richard Platt’s Roman Diaryon more than one occasion. 🙂
I’ve been in something of a reading funk this week. I’m still working on Andrew Peterson’s The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, but I’m not making much progress. It’s not the book, though; it’s me. I’ll snap out of it.
My favorite things this week was. . . taking circle time outside several days in a row. This is mostly for the sake of the DLM, but we all enjoyed it.
I worked pretty hard at finding the joy this week, and on most days I think it worked. I’m beginning to embrace a learning lifestyle rather than a strict, go-by-the-schedule, regimented school day. Nothing will force this change like a toddler in the school room, let me tell you! It’s somewhat freeing to me to realize that it really is the big picture, not what we accomplish in one day, that matters. Slow and steady wins the race, right?