Let’s start with the Success! The past few weeks I have really been working with Luke on letter recognition and spelling his name. Each night at bed time we sang the Alphabet, went through each letter and looked through his sight words- one being his name. A few days last week, I opened up word on the computer and just had him type his name over and over on the keyboard. He finally focused, and as promised got himself a happy meal today after spelling out his name and pointing to the letters I said aloud at bedtime last night! He really, really wanted that Lego cup they were advertising at McD’s! 🙂
Now for the Science…not that it was planned, but both boys ended up studying caterpillars and butterflies at the same time. Luke just loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we have done so many activities with this book! We made caterpillars from egg cartons, cocoons with paper bags and a geometric butterfly with our tangrams!
Liam was also reading about butterflies and studied the Morpho butterfly first, in the book -Jack’s Insects. The second chapter was on the Monarch butterfly. Here is his pastel of the Morpho.
He watched this video of the Monarch Butterfly, then drew up a sketch of the life cycle and read through “An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly.” We talked about entomology and why the character butterfly in the first chapter swayed Jack into promising not to kill any insects, well..except for fleas 🙂
Homer Price is another book we have been reading together and incorporating lessons with. Set in the 1940’s in a little town in Ohio -In chapter 1 Homer takes in a skunk as a pet and together the two capture the town robbers! Chapter 2, Homer and his friends buy comic books and end up saving a superhero who ends up in a car crash. Chapter 3,while in his Uncles Doughnut shop, the machine ends up breaking and making 1,000’s of doughnuts! Homer comes up with an advertisement and saves the day!
Math: Luke continues with hands on work and counting as much as possible! He recognizes number up to 12 and easily does math in his head. He will see that four papers are on the table and say things like ” Okay mom, we did one paper so far… only three left.” or “Dad’s at work, so only three people are here right now.”
Liam is running a pet store with the Business Math Series from Simply CM. He’s had to keep an inventory, figure out sales tax, add up monthly sales, write out checks and count in some unexpected expenses as well! Very fun series!
Dr. Seuss Fun!
I read to both boys “Oh, the places you’ll go!” I asked Luke what he would like to be when he grows up, he said ” A painter!, I ‘ll paint anything people ask me to…..houses, cars, chipmunks, people..food, whatever!”
With Liam we talked about tools you need for success and what success means. How to handle failures, making good choices and traits he thinks are foul vs. successful.
I asked both boys to make a poster of a “Seuss Land” they would want to live in. Luke asked me to make his and he would paint it like a “Painter Guy” and Liam came up with the idea of a “YouTube World” and sketched out a few of his favorite gamers he watches.
Lastly: A few writing prompts to share from Liam. I find funny pictures and Liam keeps a journal of captions he makes up!