Our morning started off at the dentist. This was Luke’s first visit and he was a little shy and apprehensive at first, but everyone who worked there did a great job and he was soon sitting in the chair and doing a great job!
We then headed off to gather some supplies for Liam’s scout cake for his banquet this weekend. After much contemplation on what kind of cake to make, we settled on going for the most colorful cake. I found a tie dye cake idea online. I think it came out pretty good… I did the tie dye and he did the candy decorating. It is colorful!Luke and I continued on with his Unit this week of Goodnight Moon. For art he painted a print out of the moon and stars, and I put together this mobile for him.
For Language we sang the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as he painted it. He picked up the words pretty quick and then wanted to out his little stuffed chick to bed and sand the song to it while lying down on his bed looking at the mobile! Loved it!
This afternoon I washed and rinsed out the long forgotten water table in the basement and made “Goodnight Moon Water” a.k.a: glitter for the shining stars, a foam moon, a foam star, a measuring cup and funnel with scoop. One half of the table blue water, the other half yellow. As he filled the cup, he could and did observe it turning green! Just like the great green room. 😉
Goodnight Moon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Name: Squirrelly Man
Super Powers: Flying, laser eyes and throwing nuts
Liam’s writing of the day wasn’t “colorful” but so fun I had to share, plus he was very proud of his cleverness on this one! 😉
Each week I choose one photo for his to do some creative writing. I found this “superman squirrel” picture and thought he’d get a kick out of it and come up with a good story. He came up with a better idea. He wanted to make it look like a character in his Marvel Encyclopedia and give the squirrel a name and super hero stats!
I have looked at and read through this program: Five In A Row so many times in the past and just love the overall concept! As of today, Luke is starting with Before Five a Row and Liam will try Five in a Row or perhaps Beyond Five in a Row depending on the concepts and lessons (I’m not sure at this point where to start with him) I plan to add additional activities into the Unit, however I think with Liam since I feel we’ve been all over the place this year, I’ll wait and fully decide what to do by September. For now I will take what has already been planned for this year and squeeze the two together as possible.
Anyhow, this is a Unit study program, one book read for the whole week, with corresponding lessons! This seems to be the perfect package for me! What do we do when we get new books? read them over and over!! I have always loved a Unit Themed lesson from my days as a teacher in Early Childhood and everything I’ve learned through studying the Charlotte Mason method, I’m hopeful that I’ve found that perfect cozy, practical and engaging curriculum I’ve been struggling with this year.- That I’m thrilled to try this out!!I love the CM approach but I tend to get overwhelmed with so many books in front of me trying to cover all the topics, that I feel one book with corresponding lessons will not feel so daunting and “choppy” if you will.
I signed up for a membership and was allowed access to some samples called “fold and learn”. I am going to use these and if all goes well (with my high hopes) I will then purchase the actual products.
So for today Luke kicked off his first lesson with the Goodnight Moon fold and learn. This is one of his and my favorite books of all time. The fold and learn can easily be made into a folder or box activity after the week is through for him to go back to at anytime as will fill it this week with the activities etc. I read him the story this morning as he practically read it along with me 🙂 (see, repetition works! ) Great Cognitive learning! As I read the story I asked him to find the language card that corresponded with the story. I then went through each one and we practiced rhyming words like clock and sock! Like I said I will add my own ideas and activities and we just happened to have a Goodnight Moon number matching game that we did this afternoon.
Looks like tomorrow we’ll be working on an art activity and some science too. I already requested the book A Pair of Red Clogs for Liam for next week from the library since I had already planned on teaching him about the Eastern Hemisphere in Geography. This story has a fold and learn to go with it, so we’ll just add it or replace it with some things I had previously planned. I’m thinking/hoping he will enjoy this type of lessons. Units can be so fun and you can really get in depth with a subject they truly find interesting!
If anyone reads this that has previous experience with this program I’d love to hear any comments you have!