We had a good week. It was our second week of ‘visiting’ the USA. Though we haven’t been outside much (Z has only 16 days more with the cast, hopefully), we managed to take a good long walk for Outdoor Hour Challenge #4 and had fun baking with apples.
Some fun things we did this week:
Bible- We read the Pillar of Salt story and then made salt dough to create pillars. It didn’t work too well as dough to make pillars, but the texture was fun to mess around with. We then continued learning about Abraham’s life for the rest of the week. I did manage to use flannelgraph to tell the story and then the kids really enjoyed playing with the flannelgraph to make up their own stories.
Literature- We read about Paul Bunyan and the story of “The Star Spangled Banner” in The Children’s Book of America and about Brer Rabbit in Around the World in 80 Tales, and we reread The Little House for our Seasons lesson.
“Trip Around the World” Lessons- We read about life on the prairies and put sticker animals on a prairie page. We also did a special project on the four seasons. We read The Reason for the Seasons and had a page for each season. We decorated a tree for each season and attached stickers appropriate for the different seasons (holidays, activities, foods). We placed pictures of each member of our family in the season in which our birthdays occur. We sorted pictures we’ve taken at the park near our house in each season (except Autumn) and pasted those on the papers as well. It was a fun little project.
Movement- We had fun being Kids in Motion with the Kids in Motion CD. Z-urchin was determined to keep up with the rest of us.
In Math, we worked with geoboards creating rectangles and squares. We also used colored tiles to work on patterning. They are getting better at recognizing quantities up to ten without counting. It is really cool to see their improvement and learning!
In Phonics, we finished going through the first 26 lessons- one for each letter of the alphabet- in Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading. So now we are taking a break to complete a personal ABC Book for each student. We have been going through the house and finding items that start with each letter of the alphabet and taking pictures of the kids holding these items. We’ll finish that fun project next week.
Tonight will be our United States celebration dinner of hamburgers, corn, salad, and apple cake. Goodbye USA and hello Canada!