Today I thought I'd journal about our day. Currently Tuesdays are our busy learning days. The other two days (when I'm not teaching) are usually interrupted by an activity or two! This is what we did today:
1) Started with simple math drills to wake the brain and encourage speed at easy operations. Subtraction for Mickey, and multiplication for Mason.
2) Mickey practiced her words on this site while Mason worked on his First Language Lessons. We haven't done any work on FLL for quite some time. I actually wasn't sure how much of it was "sticking" and had dropped it for some time. When we picked up from where we left off, he remembered everything. We reviewed nouns; proper and common, and then he copied a poem. In the poem he looked for statements, exclamations and questions. He found the nouns and verbs and we discussed stanzas. He practiced reciting the poem and started working on memorizing it. After, he drew a picture to accompany the poem in his writing journal.
3) Next - on to Money Math. Lately we've been doing money math each day. It helps to reinforce the concepts. They are getting much faster at adding the coins together and can subtract amounts with ease. We will continue with this until June I imagine. This is one of those concepts that kids really need to work on regularly or they soon forget. Kids should be comfortable counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, and 25s - forwards and backwards to 100. Kids shouldn't really start on money concepts until they can do this comfortably.
4) Playtime - Lego. This has become a daily occurence!
5) Story of the World - Chapter 26
Our history unit has been going slowly. Today we focused on Chapter 26 on The Americas. I tied in discussions on continents, mapping, artifacts, equator, North, Central, and South America. While I read, the kids coloured in the appropriate maps.
We have been doing a fairly indepth study of animals. Last week we were learning about birds and other "winged" animals. I came across the book "Wings" by Sneed B. Collard III. I love the illustrations in this books. They remind me of images made solely from pieces of paper. I decided to have the kids make pictures of birds, using only construction paper. This was our first attempt. It's a time consuming process, especially if kids cut out each feather. Each of us attempted this project in a different way. I think we'll probably do this one again. We all really enjoyed it.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Both kids don't require a lunch bag or box but Mickey does need to bring a suitable, healthy, snack to gymnastics three times a week. We discovered these bento boxes at Planet Box and love them. We purchased one stainless steel box and the two dippers, as well as, two carrier bags and two sets of magnets. This way Mason can use the box when he goes to soccer camp or somewhere else that requires a snack or lunch. We love Planet Box because it accommodates a variety of lunch foods and keeps the foods separate. The little dippers can be used for dips or to separate wet foods, like fruit.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
After a discussion with Grannie recently about all things Scotland, Mason became fascinated with Puffins! When I had them write a haiku, he chose to write about the puffin and this is the artwork he created with my favourite art medium of all time; watercolour crayons. I see a big, new, shiny box of many, many colours, in our future!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we are loving games these days. For Christmas, the kids received Creationary - another Lego game. It's very similar to Pictionary. You roll the dice and choose a card. On the card you select the image from the category you rolled. Your job is to build the item on the card and the other players have to guess what you built. There are three levels of difficulty. This game could be played for as long or as little as you like. Lots of fun and great fun for a dinner party!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In the last few months we've really delved into games. The Harry Potter Lego Game is one of our all time favourites. We play it almost every day - for now! It's for ages 8+ but our 6 year old has no problem with it. I think it's more fun if you've read at least the first book (which we have), but not necessary. It can be played in as little as 20 minutes which is great for a quick game before bedtime. I also like that the designers have encouraged players to change the rules of the game and have provided game pieces and ideas for changing the rules. This will keep the game fresh and exciting.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
We've recently re-discovered the game "Mastermind". I used to play this game all the time when I was young. My Dad and I would each have a board. We'd even double or triple up on colours to make it really tricky! The kids love it and it's a great game to play while we're waiting and watching at aikido and gymnastics.
Posted by Alison Campbell at 9:06 a.m.