This week I’ll start out with a big highlight: Miss M finished RightStart Math Level C. Yea!!! This level of RightStart Math is pretty long, and from what I’ve heard many students take over a year to finish it. It took us 12 “school months” to finish (aka 15 months on the calendar, but we took nearly three months off from new lessons this summer and just did review!).
Since this was so long in coming for both teacher and student, we decided to celebrate. We headed to the mall last night for some ice cream and window shopping:
Overall this was another “mathy” week as we worked to complete Level C:
Several of Miss M’s final 6 lessons of Right Start C this week focused on Tangrams. She completed an easier Tangram book when she was much younger, so she thought these would be a breeze. She was surprised by how tricky a few of the questions were, but in the end said the Tangram lessons were some of her favorite all year! For her final activity of RightStart C, Miss M and I played a game of Negative Corners on Friday (scores in the below-zero range and moving lower). Level D is ready and waiting, so we start that on Monday!
I worked through 4 lessons of RightStart B with Mr. E. This was the section with the infamous “Cotter Fractal” involving potentially cutting out either 100 or 1000 tiny triangles and gluing them on bigger triangles in a nifty pattern. Mr. E kept saying he wanted to do all 1000…but after doing just one “10 Triangle” he’d had enough! I was more than happy to skip the rest of that activity (I skipped it the last time through with Miss M as well — I think it would be more fun with a group!).
Mr. E really enjoyed adding big numbers with the base-10 picture cards, and then also with side 2 of the abacus. I love how RightStart emphasizes place value early on. Mr. E wanted to play games on Friday as well since Miss M got to do that with me, so we pulled out Speed and played games of 2, 3 and 5 speed. I don’t think I have mentioned it in any blog posts, but we got this game a month or so ago and really enjoy it. It’s a fun way to practice or learn multiples/skip counting. Mr. E and Miss M both love this game!
Other learning accomplishments this week:
- Spelling: Miss M did all but the assessment for lesson 14 of Logic of English Essentials, while Mr. E finished lesson 3 and started lesson 4. I’m pretty much only doing phonograms and one round of spelling dictation with him — I am guessing I’ll go through another round of LOE-E with Mr. E when he is older.
- History: I finished one bedtime-read aloud with Miss M (A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia) and nearly finished another (Toliver’s Secret). We also started another “all together” read aloud (Ben and Me). Miss M read several books from our history book basket as well and we watched another episode of Liberty’s Kids.
- Science: Miss M finished Chapter 8 of Sassafras Science Adventures, the kids watched several “Happy Scientist” videos and we reviewed a few lesson on Air and Solid/Liquid/Gas from BFSU as I prepared to teach my co-op class for Thursday afternoon.
- Mr. E’s Reading: Mr. E read several BOB books from Set #4 as well as a few other easy readers.
- Co-op: The kids did “recitation” at co-op this week. All kids K and up pick something to memorize and recite. Miss M recited two short poems while Mr. E picked a Bible verse to recite.
Fun stuff this week:
Upper Left: Annual Pumpkin Carving Night!
Upper Middle/Right: Miss M and Mr. E are taking a weekly homeschool gymnastics class. We’ve done it for seven weeks with five more to go. Baby J really enjoys watching the kids. 🙂 This week Grandma Karen was visiting for a couple hours on gymnastics day, so she came along to watch (and read to Mr. K, who is just a bit too young for the class, unfortunately!). This week the gym was decorated for Halloween (Notice Miss M on the “witch swing”!).
Bottom row: We went on a spontaneous park outing on Wednesday afternoon, despite some drizzly weather. Everyone came home pretty soaked when all was said and done, so much of the rest of the afternoon was taken up with hot baths, hot cocoa and time to snuggle and read. 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend! We have a busy weekend ahead with a number of things planned…then next week we are looking forward to Baby J’s birthday and Trick or Treating!
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