March 13, 2012
We "rowed" another book by Virginia Lee Burton earlier in this school year; we read "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel." Both books are full of charm; it's a no wonder both are considered classics. Katy and The Big Snow is about a hard working red tractor who "becomes a heroine as she finally gets a chance to work and fulfill her responsibilities" (summary from FIAR manual).
- Using Beginning Geography, T learned the points of the compass. We have talked about cardinal directions before, so it was a bit of a review, too.
- Completed a Road Signs lapbook page from Homeschool Share.
- T is one page away from finishing up Explode the Code book 1 and I am just so proud of him! ETC combined with All About Spelling, really helped him gain confidence in blending his sounds together to read! I picked up a Little Critters "Play Ball" early readers book and he read most of it without my help! Finding beginning readers is tough! They are either too easy and/or a little bit too wordy and over-whelm him.
- We revisited Personification; I gathered a bunch of toys and had T sort them into two piles: objects that showed some type of human characteristic and not-personified. Afterwards he placed eye stickers on a bunch of his toys and we made up stories together! He is such an animated story-teller, usually using actions rather than words to describe/ show something!
- Counted by 5's Afterwards, T had fun rolling his cars in the snow but unfortunately they all got "stuck" just like in the story-- but we couldn't find our Katy to help them out, so they just stayed there! I left T to feed Little Sis, but loved hearing him play with his cars.
- Made a "How Many Inches" worksheet for T to complete:
- I found a website full of Kindergarten Math activities based on Ohio standards. T played "Measure with Paperclips," "Measure with Inches," "Which Tool to Measure With," and "Math Lingo"; after one of the measurement activities, you could "set off" fireworks and another you could build your own house. Definitely will be checking this site more more ideas!
- Cut and paste Rainbow City activity: a mix of St. Patrick's Day and big city life : )
- Snowman Puzzle: I cut a snowman into strips that T had to piece back together. Afterwards, I asked T if he wanted to add a couple of buttons, and a couple turned into a snowman COVERED in buttons!
- Well, I was hoping for one last snowfall... and it didn't come, so we just read a couple of books about snow.
I usually have our next book somewhat planned and I have nothing yet! I am thinking we will row "Clown of God" by Tomie de Paola to work in the rainbow/ St. Patrick's Day theme.... stay tuned!