|Reading Public Museum|
This is longer than usual because of our curriculum switch.... sigh.
Here's what we did this week:
Field Trip: We had 2 free tickets to the Reading Public Museum for Saturday. Since I had to work all day, Bass took the younglings. I printed off a seek-n-find page and another worksheet from their website and the kids took those along. They posed like statues, saw all sorts of exhibits about other countries (tying into our ECC studies), and got to see some natural wildlife exhibits.
|Posing like the statue|
|Finding everything on their seek-n-find sheets|
Yup, Soprano did better last week with her Language Arts and Reading. But this week, we were back to the same frustration and not "getting" it. On Thursday, after I gave her the lesson back to correct, she dissolved into tears saying, "I get things wrong on every page. It's too hard." She slumped down in her chair and put her head in her hands and cried.
I closed the book up and took her to the couch for a snuggle and chat. Right then and there, I decided I had had enough. It's just not working for her. I don't know if it's the level of material being presented or the format but it's not working for her. She's not enjoying it, she's not retaining it, and it's making her feel inadequate. So commence major research for a new curriculum....
We finished up on Friday and headed out to a few local education stores to see what was available.
Without lots of detail, I found a couple different resources that I think are more at her level and will address the areas that she needs to work on. So now we're going to use:
|Rod and Staff English 2|
Across the Centuries Level 1/2 (Bass works at a Bible college where he has access to the library. They have an outstanding teacher ed program and a whole room of curriculum. They have the whole series of these books and because he's staff, we have a 4 month check-out period. I also got 2 of the books required for this curriculum there. FREE! Thank You, Lord! We're going to do both 1st and 2nd grade levels this year. For reading/comprehension.)
|Across the Centuries Level B Volume 1|
|Phonics by Teacher Created Resources|
|I Can Master Handwriting|
Now I just have to decide about Tenor's work and pray that Soprano's unused curriculum sells well on Craig's List or eBay.....
We got our school computer back! Bass's co-worker helped put it back together with a new hard drive (since the college had 'pilfered' ours to run one of their servers after an emergency.) We set it up in the school room because when it was out for repair, we rearranged the family room. It's nice having it in there although the sound is distracting for the other student. We'll figure that out though. The kids were excited to begin Typer Island again for their typing instruction.
Next week, we'll start over with SOS Elementary Spanish.
They did a health worksheet about Dirty Daryl and his bad hygiene habits.
We talked about Firefighters as our Community Helpers this week. We also had a ton of activity sheets from the Fire Safety day at Lowe's this past Saturday. I had them do 2 to include in their portfolios. I'm thankful for Lowe's who sponsored the event.... it's great education for my kids and helps me easily fulfill state requirements.
They also colored a worksheet about Quakers for PA History.
Tenor began his first "real" week of A Reason for Handwriting with words and Bible verses. But I guess I wasn't terribly clear. He got to day 5 and wrote out our MFW's verse on his frame page. HAHA Being a mean mom, I made him do it over with his verse from aRfH. Both of his verses turned out very nicely. I can see major improvement in his handwriting. It's definitely legible now!
Phys Ed.: Lots of bike and scooter riding and some serious leaf raking. Including raking our neighbor's into our yard (from across the cul-de-sac) so they could have a leaf pile to jump in. Daddy was happy they helped our elderly neighbor, but not so happy that he now has to dispose of all her leaves too.
Bible: This week included:
Reading about Cuba
Reading Matthew 2:19-23, 3:1-17, 4:1-11
Memorizing Matthew 4:4
Geography: We did our passports. The younglings loved it!
We talked about Mexico and read different words in Spanish. Tenor remembered quite a bit from his previous year's of Spanish instruction.
The best part this week was playing the Geography Game (using MandMs for markers.)
We came up with a nice mnemonic for Latin American countries to help us remember them.
In Mexico, Good Boys Eat Honey Nut Cheerios Politely. (Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.)
We had a little trouble remembering the islands so we might try this memory trick next week:
Because Cuba Jumped High, Dad Really Prayed. (Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.)
Tenor's pages from World Geography this week were 'Vegetation of North America' and 'Animals of North America.' I had Soprano do 'Animals of North America' too. They also did their vocabulary cards this week (desert and dune.)
Science: We started reading and discussing deserts.
|Independent Reading (Looks comfy, eh?)|
|In the sun|
|In the shade|
|Soprano's yarn star|
|Tenor's yarn cactus|
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