I decided we'd study insects this quarter--me and the boys. We spent the last two and a half weeks on caterpillars and butterflies. We read many books on the subject. Some new, and lots of old favorites. Joe's very favorite of the books below was without a doubt, Clara Caterpillar. He loved it! It is a super cute book and fun to read. Jack enjoyed it too. My fave was Are You A Butterfly--a must read!
We've just been moving along in daily core subject lessons the past couple weeks. Joe is doing well in reading and math. He has been taking his time more on handwritng too which pleases me. I've pulled out my Abeka 5K math book to use with him. It seems to move a bit faster and be a little more ahead in its scope and sequence than the Singapore Earlybird. Joe needs this for Math at this point and time. I'm taking it real slow with his reading. I'm not rushing him at all. He's doing well and I can tell he comprehends as he reads and he learns new words every day. He is so happy as he learns to read. I am so proud of him. He is moving along quickly with ETC Book 1. I've been surprised by how fast he catches on and completes the lessons/workbook pages.
Hanna started Teaching Textbooks Math 6 a couple weeks ago. It is going super! I haven't had to do a thing for math. It does everything from teaching to grading--LOVE it!! She wasn't complaining about Life of Fred, but she is actually happy to do her math now, like really happy. I so hope this ends up being "the math" for our homeschool. Everything else is going well for her--Science, Grammar/ELA and History. She's currently reading The Trumpeter of Krakow and moving on to Beowolf next, as well as completing history lessons while she reads.
Jack just isn't ready for much structured activities yet. He has about a 20 second attention span on something like a tot tray. Every now and then he'll surprise me with one and actually do it for a lengthy span of time, but for the most part I've put tray activities on hold for him. Right now he's doing a few simple crafts, play doh, being read to lots, and we're just having fun playing on the floor together and singing songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and Itsy Bitsy Spider.
|Playskool Busy Gears|
|Jack making a caterpillar letter "C"|
|painting a butterfly|
|Jack always has to end up finger painting!|
|finished ink blot butterfly craft|
|Joe's fingerprint caterpillar on a leaf from Kid's Soup|
|Joe's butterfly he colored with Crayola Color Switcher markers--he LOVES these!|
|her cat Baby O. and a laptop computer|
|Jack's lovie, a box of Godiva chocolates and a cloth diaper pin|
|Joe busy with his Shrinky Dinks|
Playing With Magnets. It is filled with simple experiments. I chose several for us to complete over the next few weeks. The first I chose was making a butterfly "fly". Here's what we did:
Cut a shoe box to look like this:
Very Hungry Caterpillar graph, days of the week handwriting booklet and emergent reader for Joe.
blend ladders with the idea of using them on a cookie sheet with magnetic letters. I printed the ladders and laminated them so I can reuse them and write on them with dry erase markers. I had Joe spell words by adding magnetic ladders to the blends. This was challenging for him, but he didn't complain and enjoyed it. He did this for about an hour! He even made some four letter words. This is such a wonderful learning game.
I know I say this with almost every homeschool post, but I am so, so, so thankful that I am blessed enough to be able to homeschool my children and so thankful that I enjoy it. It is truly the most fun, most rewarding, happiest times of each week other than snuggling and eating chocolate--ok, I had to throw that in there at the end:-)!
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