We’ve been back in action for about three weeks now, and I’d have to say it’s going rather smoothly- It seems very relaxed and easy going (so far). Some days I have to make more reminders to focus than others, but I’d say overall we’re all enjoying the topics!
Here’s a briefing on what we’ve done so far:
Grammar: Studied/Reviewed Verbs, Writing Complete Sentences, Nouns- proper and common, and Adjectives- daily lessons with a game, such as a scavenger hunt and then reinforced by watching School House Rocks -Grammar.
Spelling: I’ve been giving 16 words a week- day 1 and 2 is copy work of the words, followed by spelling aloud and then choosing three words and writing a complete sentence.
He’s also brushing up on his cursive work- I think he’s doing fine, but he likes his penmanship perfect, so he gets easily frustrated!
Luke has been working on recognizing his letters and playing games on Starfall learning both, visually and hearing the phonics.
Reading: He’s starting to “read” on his own and by that I mean when young children start using random letters to “spell” things and copy “reading” books at bedtime- he’s memorized certain books and will read them to me in his own words, similar and in sequence of the actual story.
He starts story hour at the library this week too- he’s excited to meet some friends 🙂
Math: Again, much review from the end of last year for Liam. Luke is working on counting to 15 and recognizing numbers out of order.
Liam’s reviewed telling time, reading bar graphs, double digit addition, matching fractions, adding decimals and reviewing multiplication facts. I have to say two weeks ago, he was a bit rusty on his multiplication facts, but he wanted to take a quiz on the site multiplication.com and got 38/38 correct with facts up to 7×3 in 3 minutes! I have to say I was honestly relieved! He’s getting it! phew!
Luke is also showing progress while we watched a video counting to 20 in a Spanish lesson, he was shouting out- it’s a 5- it’s a 4 it’s an 1 and a 3! He’s been counting everything he can, really- on a nature walk he counts the rocks or trees, as he eats snacks, or counts for the light to change as we drive around town.
This is Liam only but of course Luke will watch or listen in.
We’ve so far studied the Biography of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison and watched videos about these men. In studying Edison, we also did a writing lesson where I “interviewed” Liam while he was an inventor who just completed an invention.
Here it is:
” I can still remember like it was yesterday. I had been working for weeks perfecting my time machine. I found a bunch of parts around the house.”
Q: How far back did you travel?
A: to 1812
Q: What did you see?
A: The War, on the battlefield, but I was wearing an invisible cloak.
Q: What are you going to do with the machine?
A: Going to go back in time and bring back weapons from then and bring our weapons from today to help them end the war quickly.
We also just started studying the Industrial Revolution this week and learning about Coal Mining. We’ve watched a few videos on the Revolution and coal miners and books from the library. I borrowed the story Rocket Boys for literature to go along with this topic. We’re both enjoying it so far.
A memoir of a teenager growing up in the 50’s in Coalwood, West Virginia- a town built for extracting bituminous coal.
This year we’re focusing on Zoology.
So far we’ve looked at Classifications- through videos, books, and games. Extinction and endangered animals. Ecosystems and drawing a diagram of the rainforest. While watching a presentation on the different Biomes, Liam took notes on a chart, noting the Location, Climate, Nutrients, Layers, Flora and Fauna, Threatend? and other differences worth remembering. This week we started to take a look at food webs and chains. Producers, Decomposers and Consumers. He played a fun game making a habitat, with a food chain in order to see how it all works together.
Music: We’ve looked at/ listened to pieces by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky,and Ravel.
Art: Natural objects, and Henri Matisse – sketching of seashells
Spanish: listening to and recognizing Common Phrases, counting and matching games- Spanish alphabet song and phonics.