This was our first week of school and a great week it was. Anneliese reviewed where we had stopped with All About Spelling last year and remembered everything! I went through the consonant phonograms with Trevor and he know all the first sounds, so we added in the additional sounds and he remembered them when we reviewed 2 days later.
Anneliese started her 3A book from Singapore Math and worked on the thousands place value. Trevor's Earlybird Kindergarten Math has been about matching so far. It is way below his level, but taking it slow has been fun. I purchased the readers that go along with the Earlybird series and he's enjoyed me reading to him at the start of each math lesson.
Anneliese worked on her Handwriting Without Tears book and did some copywork from sentences I wrote about the history we are learning. Trevor started his Handwriting Without Tears book and practiced F and E. We did a few lines of practice outside the book and he is doing great remembering how to form his letters.
We started our first Five in a Row book on Monday, we read Storm in the Night. Both kids really enjoyed it. :) Monday we pasted a copy of the book title into our notebooks and made a vocabulary flip book. Tuesday we discussed onomatopoeia and made a pocket with some examples for our notebooks. Wednesday we did some science experiments, we made a cloud in a jar and rain in a jar, then glued a few different weather mini-books into our notebooks. We watched a DK Eyewitness DVD about weather and read Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll by Franklyn Branley. Thursday fell apart a bit due to an injury so we skipped our Five in a Row studies.
Anneliese is studying American History this year, up to about 1800. We worked on her History Pockets - Explorers of North America introduction pocket and did a coloring page about Vikings. We've been reading about Marco Polo, also, since we missed him last year.
Anneliese and I worked on the first book of the Grammar Tales series, Chicken in the City, about nouns. I'm not sure that this series is going to work for us and I've ordered First Language Lessons to see if we like that better. The Grammar Tales book listed ideas and emotions as nouns, but when it diagrammed a sentence it did not include "bored" as a noun. Is bored not an emotion? I don't know my grammar as well as I should, but I disagreed with the book in a few instances.
Trevor enjoys reading to me everyday and he is working his way through our collection of BOB books as well as early readers from the library. His favorite books right now are the Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold. Anneliese will read anything she can get her hands on, but the Junie B Jones series is her favorite right now. It is not my favorite, however.
We did our first lesson in Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 2 about Cimabue. This was especially neat for Anneliese because Cimabue and Marco Polo were both from Italy and lived at the same time. The kids made lovely watercolor paintings of places in our neighborhood. Trevor needed a little help, so I outlined some basic shapes which he then embellished. He doesn't do a lot of art and I'm proud of him for his efforts.
Friday is our play day, where we take field trips or have visits with friends or do something special. This week we went out to the peninsula to visit friends. The kids (and I) have a time at the beach watching crabs, sea stars, geoducks, herons, sea gulls and blackberries. While visit our friends we got to pet some chickens. Best day ever!
Sorry for such a dry wrap up. I'll try for more pictures and fun next week. :)