It’s only natural to put our best foot forward when writing a week-in-review. By the end of the week, hard moments are usually water-under-the-bridge compared to all the fun and learning. But I’ll be honest — yesterday was one of those really hard days.
Math tends to be a crucible for character development at our house, at least where Miss M (3rd grade) and I are concerned. We’ve had a pretty easy-going past month since we started Level D of RightStart, but we hit some new material this week. Miss M easily became frustrated, and had a hard time listening to my explanations of the concepts. I guess by both she and I had had enough by Friday. She got highly frustrated and I got highly frustrated in return. Not good. By the end of the day all was forgiven and schoolwork finally got done. But this is one of those weeks I am really happy for the break the weekend brings!
Here are a few learning highlights from this week:
Spelling/Phonics: Miss M completed lesson 18 in Logic of English Essentials. To practice the “WOR” phonogram words, she finished writing a story she began a couple weeks ago (you can read here story here). Mr. E (Kindergarten) started lesson 7 in LOE Essentials, but we weren’t super motivated in the spelling department this week, so we’ll be continuing on with that lesson next week. Mr. E also read from I See Sam books every day this week.
Math: Mr. E enjoyed using the geoboards in RightStart B, as well as getting out the math balance again and learning about vertices and diagonals with hexagons and pentagons. Mr. E also continued to practice the “9′s trick” and started learning about the “Two fives” trick. All told, we worked on lessons 62-66 — but he still needs more practice on these two adding strategies before we move much further in the lessons.
In RightStart D, Miss M worked on lessons 68-70 covering large numbers in the hundreds of thousands, and 73-74 covering multiplying a larger number by a single digit. We’ve been skipping around a bit due to many of the lessons being review from Level C. On one hand, I want to coast for a bit and just do some of the review lessons from now until Christmas given the challenges we had this week and the fact we have ample time to finish D before the end of the year. On the other hand, I really do believe the issues we are having is less about math and more about the character area of being teachable (like when Miss M says to me, “I just hate it when anyone has to teach me how to do something”…LOL!).
History: We’re really diving in to the period in US History after the Revolutionary war. Our non-fiction read-alouds at the moment are “A New Nation” by the Maestros and “The Year of the Horseless Carriage 1801” by Genevieve Foster. Miss M read, “Away Goes Sally“ by Elizabeth Coatsworth for an independent fiction reading assignment this reading.
Science: Miss M continues to work through Sassafras Science Adventures Zoology. With some prodding I convinced her to write on the notebook pages on her own (with the promise that I wouldn’t correct her spelling unless she asked me to!). The kids also enjoyed watching a couple episodes of “Sci Girls” this week. We’ll be picking up more science study as family after the Christmas break.
And now for the FUN we had this week:
Top Row: Baking and decorating sugar cookies with Grandma Karen
Middle Row: Miss M’s friend Miss J spent the afternoon with us on Wednesday. The kids made pretzel/kiss/m&m treats and had a tea party.
Bottom row: Mr. E’s Lego Angry Birds Level, A trip to Ikea (yea for “kids eat free Tuesdays”!), and a few of the 16 Christmas books we hauled home from the library.
Have a wonderful weekend!