After a quiet Thanksgiving at home, we enjoyed plenty of fun family time last weekend playing games, doing crafts, watching movies and a local Christmas parade on TV, and getting a bit more decorating done. We also took the kids to an indoor play area (but I was too busy keeping track of them to take any pictures!).
On Monday it was back to school-days-as-usual. Even though it was only a five day break, it was still hard to get everyone moving on Monday. That made me reconsider taking a full three weeks off at Christmas! 😉 Overall it was a pretty quiet week with school in the mornings and plenty of time to enjoy Christmas activities in the afternoons:
1. Without really planning on it, we finished a lot of math lessons this week for both Miss M and Mr E. Mr. E completed lessons 55-60 and started lesson 61 in Right Start B (though we skipped the midterm test — no need for a test for a Kindergartener). We worked on telling time, adding coins, adding 9 by completing the 10, and he played his first game of corners. The Corners game was definitely the highlight. Unless something very surprising happens, we’ll finish B before the end of the year. I’m not sure exactly what we’ll do after that — maybe some Singapore or Life of Fred? Just play games? I just don’t think I want to start level C with a K’er!
2. Miss M worked on pages from early in the RightStart D workbook that she could work through on her own as review, plus we went through about 8 lessons together from the middle-ish portion of the book (starting with lesson 47, ending with lesson 68, and skipping a bunch in between). We did some really interesting stuff, like learning about check numbers and “Terry’s Method” of subtraction. We also got to assemble those “thousands cubes” to start talking about numbers in the ten thousands up to the millions. Even the lessons we are covering together are pretty easy for Miss M so far (yea for easy math!), hence why we are able to cover so many lessons without a lot of effort. We’ll start the section of Level D that’s all new in a week or two (but I’ll still be having her go back and do earlier pages for review and practice). Now I’m starting to think that we may finish level D as well before the end of the year unless I significantly slow things down. But I am not going to really “worry” about that at this point!!!
Academic Subjects Not Pictured:
- Spelling/Phonics: Mr. E read to me every day as usual, working a bit more on Danny and the Dinosaur as well as reading a few “I See Sam” books. He also worked on lesson 6 in Logic of English. Miss M did lesson 17 in Logic of English, and we were both proud that she scored 100% when tested at the end of the lesson! I went the “lazy” route with spelling practice this week and just let them play Spelling City games for their respective lists instead of playing LOE games together. 😉
- History: We’ve “officially” moved on from the Revolutionary War in our American History studies and started studying the “new nation” period — with reading lots of living books it’s hard to keep things in a precise order, so I am considering events including the writing of the Constitution, the Louisiana Purchase and the War of 1812 to be all topics that are fair game right now!
- Science: Once again, no other science other than what Miss M is doing independently with Sassafras Science Adventures. I think I’ll make it one of my New Year’s resolutions to get back on track with doing more science study as a family.
3. Mr K randomly found a fun CD at the library: Kids Meet Composers by Wendy Rollin. Kids are introduced to 10 composers with a short track giving a brief bio of each composer, plus a famous tune from each composer set to new words that again teach something about the composer and his/her music. The kids all enjoyed listening to the CD and dancing or marching around the living room!
4-6: I started pulling out our fun Christmas “stuff” this week. The kids enjoyed spending a few afternoons making Christmas crafts, using the Christmas play-doh set, and playing with the Playmobil Nativity set.