I don't know how we made it through this week, but somehow we came out on Friday with our work done and everyone still alive. It was definitely one of those weeks. There were some really good moments and those are what the memories will be of a month from now.
- Trevor did pages for letter N and M in his Handwriting Without Tears book. He also did practice lines of those letters. We played the Mystery Letter Game for the "frog jump" letters he has learned so far. He reviewed lesson 1 in All About Spelling Level 1 again and completed lesson 2. Trevor read books 7, 8, 9 and 10 in Collection 1 of Bob Books. Trevor did the lessons 6, 7 & 8, all about naming nouns and has successfully memorized his first poem from First Language Lessons .
- Anneliese started working on capital letters in her Handwriting Without Tears book. On her off days from the HWT book, she does copywork from sentences I have written that correlate to the history she is learning that week. Anneliese completed lesson 9 in All About Spelling Level Two about vowel-consonant-e syllables. She also completed lessons 6, 7 & 8 about naming nouns and has successfully memorized her first poem from First Language Lessons.
- Trevor continued working in his Singapore Earlybird Math and listening to the readers that go along with them. His last lessons had him counting to 10. I'm frustrated and bored, but he doesn't mind at all that his work is all stuff he already knows.
- Anneliese took the week off from her Singapore Math 3A book. This week we played card, dice and board games to give her more confidence in her subtraction skills.
- Anneliese has been working in her History Pockets: Explorers of North America book. This week she completed the pockets on Cartier and Drake. She read pages 27 & 39 of Usborne Book of Explorers and the chapter on Cartier in Famous Explorers.
- The kids started lesson 2 of Real Science-4-Kids Pre-Level I Biology. I really thought I would like this program and I'm disappointed that I don't. Lesson 2's experiment was to follow your parent around to see what jobs they do, they pick one of those jobs and break it down into each part that has to happen to complete the job. This was to go along with their example of a cell being like a city, with lots of little job and "people" working together. We would have had so much more fun looking at an egg as an example of a cell, or looking at real cells under our microscope. I may use the book as a reference later on, but for now we are done. I picked up R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Level 1 Life and we will start it on Monday. Monday both kids had their Budding Scientists class at the Tacoma Nature Center. They came home with adorable "thinking caps" they had made in class.
- Anneliese and Trevor completed lesson 4 of Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book 2 Stories of Artists and Their Art . We learned more about Giotto and did a watercolor over plaster (spackling paste) to explore painting frescos.
- This week we read The Story about Ping again. We found China and the Yangtze River on our wall map and put our Ping circle on the map. We read Welcome to China, Count Your Way Through China and Shanyi Goes to China. The kids colored pictures of a boy by a river in China and made a mini book about how long the Yangtze river is. We completed a sink or float experiment, after making predictions, and discussed surface tension.
- Anneliese continued working on her nutrition and activity journal. This week she read about exercise and what it does for your body. She learned what aerobic exercise is, it's specific benefits and some examples of aerobic exercise.
- Our "Friday" was Wednesday this week. We went to Seattle to visit the International District. We ate lunch at the Sun Ya Restaurant. Dim Sum! It was very good and the kids really enjoyed it. They have asked to go back again. We walked to Uwajimaya and bought Trevor a pair of chopsticks, now both kids have their own chopsticks. We browsed through the Hello Kitty stuff and looked at the fresh seafood. We then walked under the Chinatown Gate and up the street to Hing Hay park. There was a gentleman playing the Erhu, a 2-stringed Chinese violin and we stayed to listen and watch pigeons for a while.