It was a busy week for us…even though we mostly stayed home! We had a ton of fun and learning (and I took so many pictures that it took me four collages to share all the pictures I wanted to share!).
First, Congrats to Mr. E on finishing RightStart Math Level B! We finished up the last few lessons this week, culminating in the “year end test” today…followed by a celebration at a new-to-us doughnut shop on the way home from Miss M’s guitar lesson:
Now, I do have to say that Mr. E’s understanding and level of proficiency as a not-quite-six year old Kindergartener is not as great as Miss M’s was when she finished level B as a seven-year-old 1st grader. He doesn’t have the same maturity in writing skills, or the patience to practice the math skills. But conceptually he gets bored easily. :-). Level C contains a fair amount of review at the beginning we can use to solidify some of these concepts, and I am going to try my best to not speed through this level with him (taking the time to play more games and maybe some tangents into more problem-solving oriented supplements).
Here are few more of our learning highlights from this week:
1-2. I took the plunge and started BFSU Vol 2. with my kids. I picked lesson C-9 to start with on Center of Gravity. The kids enjoyed these fun “tricks” we saw first in a YouTube video.
3. We spent quite a while on afternoon curled up on the couch reading picture books. I can’t remember the last time I did that with all the kids together (though J didn’t stick around for most of it.) 🙂
4-5. Mr. E completed lessons 71-74 of Logic of English Foundations, and Miss M did lesson 28 in LoE Essentials. Mr. E’s favorite part of the week was playing phonogram bingo. Miss M is more excited than she was last week about the Phonogram app, and Mr. K seems to be “getting” the app a bit more. Unlike last week, Mr. E wasn’t excited about the phonogram app at all!
6. I got out a preschool art/activity book called Baby Lambs for Mr. K this week. I bought it a year or two back for Mr. E but missed the right window of age/skill for him to use it. It seems like a great book right at the moment for Mr. K to keep busy while I am working with his older siblings. I am still struggling with finding time to do any LoE Foundations with him.
7. With Miss M for math this week, we continued to work on Division with Math Mammoth 3-B, and played a few RightStart multiplication and division games.
8-9. I worked with Miss M on baking this week. She made these biscuits and bread nearly all by herself with just a bit of coaching from me.
The kids are thrilled that our winter is turning out to be so snowy. We got another 8 or 9 inches of snow this week! Even I got outside to play. 🙂
And just for fun, here are a few more snapshots of our week…
Row 1: J showing off his coloring, “Magnet People”, Snow Ice Cream
Row 2: Lego creations, puzzles, silly fun
Row 3: Baby J isn’t much of a “baby” these days…his new nickname here is “CT” (which stands for either “Cute Toddler” or “Cute Trouble” depending on what he’s doing!
Have a happy weekend! Don’t forget that next Thursday is Pi Day (it’s one of my favorite random holidays…read my post from last year if you are looking for celebration ideas!).